The Moors Murders: The horrific crimes of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley

The Moors Murders

What did Ian Brady and Myra Hindley do? 

The Moors Murders were committed by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, who killed 5 children in and around Manchester between July 1963 and October 1965.

The victims were Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey, and Edward Evans, who were aged between 10 and 17. The bodies of 2 of the victims were discovered in 1965 on Saddleworth Moor; with a third body discovered in 1987. Keith Bennett’s body still hasn’t been found.

What happened during the trial? 

Brady and Hindley were only charged for the murders of Kilbride, Downey and Evans, and received life sentences under a whole life tariff.

The investigation was reopened in 1985 after Brady confessed to the murders of Reade and Bennett. In 1987,  Hindley confessed to all of the murders. Hindley made several appeals against her life sentence, but was never released. 

Brady served his sentence in the high-security Ashworth Hospital. He repeatedly asked to be allowed to die and often went on hunger strike.

What happened to Brady and Hindley?

Ian Brady died in 2017, at Ashworth Hospital at the age of 79, after serving 51 years.

Hindley died in 2002 in West Suffolk Hospital, aged 60, after serving 36 years in prison.

Many drama series and documentaries have been made over the years, as the case became a media sensation. See No Evil was a drama shown on ITV1 in 2006, starring Sean Harris and Maxine Peake as the evil murderers and is widely considered to be the best drama about the crimes. 

Moors Murders was a 3-part documentary series released on Channel 4 in 2022 and told the story of the brutal crimes carried out by Brady and Hindley.

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