New lead on Moors murder victim's burial site


LONDON – British detectives are investigating whether one of the country’s most notorious killers, “Moors murderer” Ian Brady, has finally revealed the burial place of one of his child victims after nearly 50 years.

Brady, with his lover and accomplice Myra Hindley, abducted, tortured, sexually abused and then murdered five children before burying the youngsters on a bleak moor in northern England during a two-year reign of terror in the 1960s.

Brady (74), who is serving a life sentence at the top-security Ashworth psychiatric hospital, has never revealed the burial place of one of the children, 12-year-old Keith Bennett, who was abducted on his way to visit his grandmother in 1964.

However, detectives said they were now looking into claims that Brady, who has been on intermittent hunger strike in a bid to end his life, had now disclosed the location to a long-time visitor at the hospital, said by media to be his mental health advocate, Jackie Powell.

Police said they had arrested a 49-year-old woman on suspicion of preventing the burial of a body and carried out searches at her home in south Wales and at the hospital.

Brady and Hindley were jailed for life in 1966 over three murders and in the 1980s admitted two more killings, including that of Bennett.

Hindley was Britain’s longest serving female prisoner when she died in 2002. Successive governments refused to release her despite her assertions that she was driven to commit the murders by the psychopathic Brady. – (PA)