Ian and Myra met while working for a
chemical company in Hyde, Greater Manchester. She thought
he was quite an intellectual as he sat in the canteen
reading Mein Kampf in German.
As their love blossomed they became more
obsessed with Nazi paraphernalia, pornography and sadism.
At first they enjoyed shooting pictures of themselves
naked and in S & M drag. They thought they could crack the
local porn market with their pictures but failed.
Most of their victims were children whom they sexually
molested before killing. They kept an extensive collection
of photographs of their victims as well as a recording of
the screams of one girl's torturous death.
12th July 1963 Their first victim was
16 year old Pauline Reade, a neighbour of Hindley's. She
got into a car with Hindley while Brady secretly followed
behind on his motorbike. When the van reached Saddleworth
Moor, Hindley stopped the van and got out before asking
Pauline to help her find a missing glove in exchange for
some records. They were busy looking on the moors when
Brady pounced on Pauline and fractured her skull with a
shovel. He then raped her before slitting her throat with
a knife; her spinal cord was severed and she was almost
decapitated. Brady then buried her body in a grave three
feet deep. It was not discovered until 1st July 1987.
1963, Brady and
Hindley struck again. This time the victim was 12 year old
John Kilbride. Like many children, he had been warned not
to go away with strange men but not about strange women.
When he was approached by Hindley at a market in
Kilbride agreed to go with her to help carry some boxes.
Brady was sitting in the back of the car. When they
reached the moors, he took the child with him while
Hindley waited in the car. On the moor, Brady subjected
John Kilbride to a sexual assault and attempted to slit
his throat with a six inch serrated blade, but failed;
Brady strangled him with a piece of string (possibly a
shoelace) and buried his body in a shallow grave. His body
was found there on
16th June 1964 The third victim was
12 year old Keith Bennett who vanished on his way to his
grandmother's house in Gorton. The boy accepted a lift
from Hindley near Stockport Road in Longsight, and she
drove to Saddleworth Moor and asked him to help search for
a lost glove. Brady then lured Keith into a ravine. There
he sexually assaulted the child, and strangled him with a
piece of string before burying his body. Hindley stood
above the ravine and watched the murder. Hindley later
confessed that she had destroyed the photographs taken at
the site of this particular murder, which had been kept at
Brady's workplace at Millwards. Hindley had access to
these photographs during the four days between Brady's
arrest and her own in October 1965. Despite a renewed
search effort in 1987, Keith Bennett's body has never been
September 1964 Brady and Hindley
moved in with Hindley's grandmother. It's at this time
Brady was introduced to Myra's sister, Maureen, and her
17-year-old husband, David Smith.
Brady immediately wanted to impress Smith with his tales
of thieving and criminal knowledge.
26th December 1964 The fourth
victim, 10 year old Lesley Ann Downey, was abducted from a
fairground in Ancoats and taken back to Hindley's home at
16 Wardle Brook Avenue, located on an overspill council
estate in Hattersley (Hindley and her grandmother had
moved there from Myra's childhood home in Gorton only
three months earlier). There the girl was undressed and
forced to pose for pornographic photographs with a gag in
her mouth, and in the last four of them with her hands
bound - the last kneeling in an attitude of prayer. Brady
took the nine obscene photographs of the girl, and either
he or Hindley recorded the scene on a reel-to-reel audio
The 16 minute tape contains the voices of Brady and
Hindley relentlessly cajoling and threatening the child,
who is heard crying, retching, screaming, and begging to
be allowed to return home.
As with Keith Bennett,
Lesley Ann was raped and strangled with a piece of string
at some point thereafter, probably by Brady.
during their trial in April 1966, Brady made a telling
slip of the tongue while being cross-examined in the
witness box, telling the prosecutor that "we all got
dressed" after the tape had been made, which suggests that
Hindley was also actively involved in the sexual
molestation of the child, and perhaps the physical killing
as well. The following morning, Brady and Hindley drove
Lesley's body to Saddleworth Moor where it was buried in a
6 October 1965 To prove himself
to David Smith, Brady picked up 17 year old homosexual
Edward Evans, Brady tied Evans up in his home and invited
Smith over. Brady then smashed Evans skull in with an axe
in front of Smith who was horrified.
The next day Smith contacted the police who arrested Brady
The police searched the house and found a dead boy in the
bathroom and also found evidence of other murders.
With this evidence the police dug up the Moors north of
Manchester and discovered the bodies of two children.
21 April 1966 The trial begins at
6 May 1966, Brady & Hindley
convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. Brady was
convicted of three murders,
Hindley was convicted of murdering Edward
Evans and Lesley Ann Downey and received two life
sentences. She further received a concurrent seven-year
sentence for being an accessory in the John Kilbride
December 1995, Hindley, who was in the same jail in
northern England as fellow serial killer
gave her first public account of her crime spree,
admitting she had been wicked and corrupt but claiming she
was now a changed woman. Hindley described herself as a
political prisoner who was being used as a scapegoat by
politicians and the media. Hindley said,: "The majority of
people don't want to accept that people like myself can
change, They prefer to keep me frozen in time together
with that awful mug shot so that their attitudes, beliefs
and perceptions can remain intact."
1995, Ian Brady was sectioned under
the mental health act and transferred from prison to
Ashworth secure unit.
February 1997, Myra Hindley's lawyers made a
plea to win her release. However, a London Superior Court
decreed that Myra will spend the rest of her life behind
bars with no possibility of parole.
21 May 1997 the High Court announced a
judicial review of their 1990 decision of imposing a
"whole-life" sentence on the aging convicted killer.
Hindley's lawyers argue that the decision did not reflect
the views of the judge in the case, Mr. Justice Fenton,
who recommended only that she serve "a very long time."
According to her lawyers the "whole-life" sentence
represented an "irrational leap" from the 30-year period
fixed by the Home Office in 1985.
21st November 1997 supporters of Myra called for a
review of sentencing procedures after Jack Straw
reaffirmed the decision of his predecessor, Michael
Howard, of never releasing Myra from prison. The ruling
came under immediate attack from penal reformers and civil
Lord Longford, who has lobbied for Hindley's release,
expressed "total disgust and contempt" and described her
as a "good woman". He told BBC Radio 4's Today show: "I am
very sorry indeed that a high-minded man, a Christian
socialist like Jack Straw should have taken that decision.
Of course it's all as a result of the horrifying pressure
exerted by the tabloids." Lord Longford said that Hindley
had been a good young woman "until she began to work under
a very gifted, but mentally disturbed man, Ian Brady. She
was an infatuated accomplice 31 years ago".
Also in 1987, Brady and Hindley confessed
to murdering two other children, Keith Bennett, 12, and
Pauline Reade, 16.
7th October 1998 In a new
attempt at overturning her life sentence and win the right
to a parole hearing, Hindley claimed that she can prove
that she took part in the Moors murders only because Brady
abused her, and threatened to kill her mother, grandmother
and younger sister.
This latest court action represents the
third strategy Hindley has adopted since conviction. At
first she stayed silent, and then later revealed evidence
of other murders in a fruitless bid to convince the public
that she had reformed. Now she is claiming that she took
part in the crimes unwillingly.
Brady has condemned Hindley's attempt to blame him for the
killings and released a six-page letter he sent to the
Home Secretary. Brady wrote: "Hindley, in her usual
Barbara Cartland prose, has created a Victorian melodrama
in which she portrays herself as being forced to murder
serially, by being drugged, blackmailed, whipped, raped,
battered, having her family threatened with slaughter,
bitten, strangled etc, etc.
"At first I was staggered and appalled, then as the
catalogue of feverish crimes mounted to stultification
level, I slowly realised that desperation had finally
driven her over the top. It appears that the neurosis bred
by her own pathological machinations has developed into
psychosis. She appears to be suffering from a histrionic
personality disorder, adopting manipulative attention
seeking behaviour . . . an obsessive-compulsive
personality disorder, concealing a strong tendency towards
rebellion and acting on impulse."
March 2000, Ian Brady On Hunger Strike
Brady goes to court to appeal that the Staff at the secure
unit, Ashworth Hospital, where he is serving life, do not
have the right to force feed him. The appeal is refused,
he is fed.
21st September 2001 Ian Brady
has been given permission to publish his book on serial
killers by the hospital for the criminally insane where
his is serving his sentence. On 11th September, the
hospital was granted a court order to obtain a copy of the
manuscript and block its publication. After determining
that the book, "The Gates of Janus," contained no
references to the hospital or Brady's own crimes, a lawyer
representing the hospital announced that they were not
opposed to the publication of the book.
15th November 2002
Myra Hindley has died in prison of a chest infection aged
60. She died at Highpoint Prison in Suffolk. An
inquest into her death will be held, this is normal when a
prisoner dies in custody. She will be cremated and her
ashes scattered at a secret location. Just 24 years old
when sentenced to life in 1966, she severed 36 years
behind bats, and was only weeks away from a possible
release date being set.
August 2010, Ian Brady made a
request that a review into where he is imprisoned be
open to the public.
December 2011, reported that Brady has
appealed his detention at Ashworth secure unit. The 73
year old has asked for a transfer to a Scottish prison,
and be allowed to die there.
Atherton ruled that his reasons for the decision to hold
Brady's hearing in public would not be disclosed.
July 2012, Hearing date has been set for Monday 9th
July 2012. the mental health tribunal will decide if
Brady is mentally fit enough to be returned to the
mainstream prison population, he has been held at
Ashworth secure hospital since 1985.
The hearing at
Ashworth Hospital will be shown live at the Civil
Justice Centre in Manchester, where members of the
public will be able to watch, no public will be allowed
July 2012, Brady has seizure, he has been rushed to
Fazackerly Hospital, in Liverpool, for treatment.
4th July 2012, Brady released from hospital and
taken back to Ashworth. A Spokesman from Ashworth Secure
hospital said he was well enough to return but is still
due to take place on Monday 9th July has been postponed
due to Brady's health.
August 2012, It is alleged that during a prison
visit, Brady gave a letter possibly about the place
where victim Keith Bennett is buried, to his health
advocate Jackie Powell. Ms Powell is also executor to
Ms Powel was
arrested and then bailed, on suspicion of preventing the
lawful burial of a body
(unconfirmed) that Brady has written the letter to
Winnie Johnson, Keith's ageing mother, the letter to be
delivered to her after his death.
discovered after Jackie Powell spoke to a Channel 4
august 2012, 78 year old Winnie Johnson, the mother of
Keith Bennett had died.
she had died
after a 48 year battle to find where her son was buried by
Brady and Hindley.