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Monday, September 27, 1999 Published at 10:43 GMT 11:43 UK


Moors victim's last moments on TV

Myra Hindley and Ian Brady were jailed for life in 1966

A photograph of Moors murder victim Lesley Ann Downey, bound and gagged during a torture session, is to be shown on television for the first time.

The picture, which helped convict Myra Hindley and Ian Brady in a case that shocked the nation in 1966, can be seen in a Channel 5 documentary on Tuesday.

Taken by Brady, it shows the terrified 10-year-old girl on a bed, shortly before she was murdered.

Lost appeal

Hindley, now 57, was jailed for life in May 1966, along with Ian Brady, for the murders of Lesley Ann and Edward Evans, 17.

Brady, now 61, was additionally convicted for life for murdering 12-year-old John Kilbride.

Both later confessed to the further killings of Pauline Reade, 16, and Keith Bennett, 12, burying their bodies on Saddleworth Moor on the edge of the Peak District.

[ image: Hindley has reportedly been told she could die if she continues to smoke]
Hindley has reportedly been told she could die if she continues to smoke
Ann West, the mother of Lesley Ann Downey, gave permission for the photograph to be broadcast, not long before she died of liver cancer in February.

Mrs West also wanted the tape recording of Lesley Ann begging for mercy to be played on television but it was ruled too harrowing for broadcast.

The Channel 5 programme makers recorded the last interview with Ann West, in which she describes her daughter as "the perfect child".

In the interview, Mrs West says she believed publicising the photograph and tape recording would bring home the evil of Brady and Hindley.

'Evil woman'

Police found the photograph, along with the tape recording of Lesley Ann's final moments, in a luggage locker at a railway station.

The picture helped convict Hindley and Brady of murder in 1966. A bedhead seen in the photo matched one in a room at their home in Hyde, Greater Manchester.

The former CID officer on the case, Peter Topping, believes the shock value of showing the picture of Lesley Ann will keep Hindley in jail until she dies. "She really was, and is, a very, very evil woman," he says on the programme.

Hindley lost her appeal in November 1998 against Home Secretary Jack Straw's decision to keep her in prison for the rest of her life.

At the time Hindley's supporter, Lord Longford, said he no longer expected to see her released in his lifetime, adding: "The fight goes on."

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