I am not psychotic, Moors murderer Ian Brady tells tribunal
Ian Brady seeking right to return to prison from mental hospital
“Mine’s the same... Wuthering Heights, Hound Of The Baskervilles.”
Brady said he had “more freedom” in prison - he spent time in Durham, Parkhurst and Wormwood Scrubs. He remembered mixing with the Kray twins, the Great Train Robbers and various terrorists. He laughed as he recalled how the above was recounted in the book Hard Bastards, written by Ronnie Kray’s wife, Kate.
He also alluded to his time as a barber at Wormwood Scrubs in the 1970s when he said he would trim the beards of prison staff and also recalled setting up a Braille unit.
Brady’s legal team say he has a severe narcissistic personality disorder but is not mentally ill and could be treated in prison rather than hospital. But officials at Ashworth argue that Brady is still chronically mentally ill and remains a paranoid schizophrenic who needs round-the-clock care.
Brady has previously claimed that he wants to starve himself in jail where he cannot be force-fed and also claims to be on hunger strike although the tribunal heard yesterday that he makes himself toast.
Brady said his relationship with other patients at Ashworth is “unremarkable” and that his so-called paranoia of them is “sensible suspicion”. He said he has mainly remained in his room for the past 10 months because of the “negative, regressive, provocative staff that I am avoiding”.
Brady was given life at Chester Assizes on May 6th, 1966 — the last time he spoke in a public forum as he denied a series of child murders.
Brady and his partner, Myra Hindley, were convicted of luring children and teenagers to their deaths, with their victims sexually tortured before being buried on Saddleworth Moor in Lancashire.
Pauline Reade (16), disappeared on her way to a disco on July 12th, 1963 and John Kilbride (12), was snatched in November the same year. Keith Bennett was taken on June 16th, 1964 after he left home to visit his grandmother; Lesley Ann Downey (10), was lured away from a funfair on Boxing Day 1964; and Edward Evans (17), was killed in October 1965.
Brady was given life for the murders of John, Lesley Ann and Edward.
Hindley was convicted of killing Lesley Ann and Edward and shielding Brady after John’s murder, and jailed for life. She died in hospital, still a prisoner, in November 2002 at the age of 60.
Judge Robert Atherton has said that no questions will be heard about the whereabouts of Keith’s body because the tribunal has no authority to investigate the matter. The hearing is being relayed to the press and public on TV screens at Manchester Civil Justice Centre. The judgment of the panel will be released at a later date yet to be fixed.