Ian Brady's ashes must not be scattered on Saddleworth Moor, coroner demands

Geronimo Vena
Mag 19, 2017

A British coroner says he won't release the body of serial killer Ian Brady until there's a guarantee his ashes won't be scattered on the moor where Brady buried his victims.

He and girlfriend Myra Hindley buried their victims' bodies on Saddleworth Moor, near Manchester in northwestern England.

The senior coroner for Sefton, Christopher Sumner, said he would not authorise the release of Brady's body until he had been assured that the ashes would not be scattered on Saddleworth Moor.

He said "emotions are high, they are bound to be".

However Brady's penpal, Cody Lachey, revealed that the murderer wanted to be cremated in his home town, Glasgow.

One of the victims' body, 12-year-old Keith Bennett, has never been found despite pleas from the boy's relatives for the couple to reveal where they buried his body.

"I don't think anybody will mourn Ian Brady", Ms Sturgeon told i.

And in a series of never-before-seen letters he wrote to former BBC journalist Peter Gould, Brady - who died yesterday aged 79 - continued to tease the authorities from his prison cell.

"I also wanted to have assurance that when Mr Stewart-Brady is cremated his ashes will not be scattered on Saddleworth Moor".

Brady was jailed for the killings of John Kilbride, 12, 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans, 17, in 1966.

Coroner's officer Alby Howard-Murphy said Brady's cause of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cor pulmonale, a condition that causes the right side of the heart to fail.

His death comes as a lawyer close to the family of Keith reached out just weeks ago to Brady to "look at his conscience before it was too late".

"I think that if he had been able to assist in its location it would have happened in the 1980s".

He said: "It just remains to be seen whether information is passed over to the police after his death from his representatives but we have no information to confirm that as of yet".

'It seems a bit unlikely but we are not giving up hope'.

The coroner asked for a number of measures to be prepared before the next pre-inquest hearing including medical reports from a consultant psychiatrist concerning Brady's mental health, the attending doctors at time of death, palliative care staff, his medical notes and an expert report regarding feeding through a tube in the nose.

The Daily Mirror tabloid newspaper reflected the mood of the nation with a front page banner headline Tuesday saying "Burn in Hell Brady" while the Metro national newspaper on its front page describes Brady as a monster who became one of the most notorious killers of the 20th century.

Mr Ainley added news of Brady's death was "not so much a celebration but a missed opportunity".

The inquest was adjourned until 29 June.

Pauline Reade, 16, disappeared on her way to a disco on July 12, 1963 and John Kilbride, 12, was snatched in November the same year.

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