ALMOST 50 years ago, the story of a sadistically inseparable couple hit the nation with a force that is still felt today.
Ian Brady and Myra Hindley became infamous for the sexual torture and murder of five youngsters in the 1960s, four of which they buried on the moors of Greater Manchester.
1966 is a year the parents of those children will never bear the sound of again.
Collectively Brady and Hindley were given five life sentences – Hindley went on to die behind bars in 2002, while Brady, now aged 76, is still incarcerated in Liverpool’s high security psychiatric hospital, Ashworth.
YOUNG BRADY- with credit to themirror.co.uk
Features Writer LEONIE ANN GARLICK takes a look through the life of the Moors Murder instigator and also gets an insight into the man behind the bars.
IAN Duncan Stewart, as he was christened, was born to a widowed waitress on the 2nd January 1938. His Glasgow- born father, a reporter, died just months before he took his first breath.
Brady was a lonely youngster- an emotion which he carried through his entire life. His mother, Peggy, gave him to neighbours through unofficial adoption, after falling into financial difficulty.
As a pupil at Camden Street Primary, Brady showed little signs of involvement or academic success. His teachers described him as an “underachiever” and a “loner”. Around this time Brady started experimenting with torture, occasionally setting animals on fire as well as picking on the other children in his class.
When Brady was 12 years old, he relocated to Manchester with his biological mother and new stepfather, Patrick.
As he grew, the future murderer built an unsavoury relationship with Nazi Germany. He would sit alone, reading political works and learning the German language.
It was here that Brady started a string of crime, aged 17; breaking into homes and committing several burglaries, which led to his first spell behind bars, at the high security prison Strangeways.
In 1957, Brady was released from the institution and immediately began working temporary jobs, many of which he did not commit to.
MURDER BOND: with girlfriend Myra Hindley, weirdisland.com
Ian Brady met Myra Hindley in 1961. Brady was a stock clerk, Hindley a receptionist.
Their relationship quickly blossomed after the bleach-blonde woman fell for the quiet man’s strange ways. Hindley was very easy to influence, and for Brady, she was an ideal wing-woman.
Between the years of 1963 and 1964, the brutal lovers committed five rapes and murders; those of 16 year old Pauline Reade, 12 year old John Kilbride, 12 year old Keith Bennett, 10 year old Lesley Anne Downey and 17 year old Edward Evans.
Although primarily he kept quiet out of fear, Hindley’s brother-in-law David Smith turned the pair in to the police.
Brady was declared criminally insane in 1985, and has since been held at Ashworth psychiatric hospital in Maghull, Merseyside.
Ashworth Case Study
Lonely, cold, confused.
STILL BRADY: court drawing with credit to The Sun
It is feasible to suggest that Ian Brady has always felt this way; but are they feelings of a high profile killer?
Features writer LEONIE ANN GARLICK speaks to an ex worker of Ashworth hospital…
“I saw Ian every day, but I remember the first time I saw him.
“He was tall- six foot odd; and he always looked very sick.
“He seemed distant and preoccupied. Brady never left his room when other patients were around.”
The worker tells me Ian Brady is a prominent name at Ashworth; and that several nurses work entirely for his needs.
She said: “My strongest memories are of what has been in the papers, really.
“The stories of him with Myra Hindley, and what they’ve done.
“I can remember him being disturbed, very disturbed. He had tubes up his nose.”
The worker is referring to Brady’s “feeding tube”, which has kept him well-nourished during his prolonged hunger strike.
“I used to find Mars bar wrappers in his room” she said.
After being asked her opinion on Brady’s request to be transferred to prison, the worker stated:
“Brady has to stay where he is; he is not well enough. The man is a danger to others and himself.”
Brady is living with his battle to die… but does he deserve to be at peace?