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Brady objects to TV murders drama
By Peter Gould
BBC News website

Hindley and Brady
Myra Hindley and Ian Brady were convicted in 1966
Moors murderer Ian Brady has protested over plans for a television drama about his crimes of four decades ago.

The 67-year-old has written to the chairman of Granada Television, the company planning to film the story.

He says publicity about his crimes is "now rivalling Coronation Street in longevity", and questions the show's impact on the families of his victims.

Brady has no legal powers to halt the programme, but is seeking support from government ministers.

He says he has sent copies of his letter to the home secretary and attorney general.

The dramatised account of the crimes is called "See No Evil: The Story of the Moors Murders".

Filming is expected to start in Manchester this year, with the programme being screened by ITV in 2006.

'Unsensational'

The screening will come exactly 40 years since Brady and his accomplice Myra Hindley were convicted of their crimes.

The writer, Neil McKay, has promised the production will give "an unsensational account of the most notorious crimes of the last century".
The true facts have never been divulged, only speculation in numerous books
Ian Brady

In the mid-1960s, Brady - assisted by Hindley - tortured and killed four children, then buried their bodies on the moors above Manchester.

The two were caught after the body of a fifth victim was discovered at their home.

Hindley died in hospital in 2002, having failed in her long campaign to be released from prison.

Brady is mentally ill and is a patient at the high security Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside.

He has been on hunger strike for almost six years, in protest at not being allowed to end his own life. He is fed through a plastic tube.

In his letter to Granada TV, Brady questions whether the programme will add anything to the public's knowledge of the case.

"The true facts have never been divulged, only speculation in numerous books," he says.

"The only book written by me is a clinical study on criminal psychology."

Public interest

Regarding Brady's claim that he had sent a copy of his letter to the home secretary, a Home Office spokeswoman said: "To date we have not received any correspondence on the matter.

"Where correspondence to ministers is concerned, we aim to respond within 15 to 20 days."

There have been previous attempts to produce films about the Moors Murders, but to date no major drama of the story has been produced.

"In all four attempts, the companies involved judiciously took the legal precaution of offering me a release contract," he tells the Granada chairman.

"Your company has not."

Granada has said that its programme, a factual drama, is the result of two years of intensive research with detectives who worked on the original murder investigation.

We are going to take an in-depth look at how two of Britain's most notorious child-killers were caught
Producer Jeff Pope
But Brady says he fears the programme will be based on the "uninformed evidence of peripheral individuals" and he challenges evidence given in court in 1966 about how the police actually solved the case.

Brady questions whether the planned drama is in the public interest, and claims it "ignores the effect on relatives of the victims".

Before Brady made clear his views, Granada said it had consulted the families of the murdered children, and all had given their support for the programme.

The producer, Jeff Pope, says the time is now right to make the programme.

"We are going to take an in-depth look at how two of Britain's most notorious child-killers were caught," he says.

Hindley's sister

And the writer, Neil McKay, says: "The focus is not only on their crimes, but also on the effects of those crimes on the families of their victims and on Myra Hindley's sister Maureen."

One of the children murdered by Ian Brady was 12-year-old John Kilbride. His brother, Danny Kilbride, says he has been shown Granada's script, and it seems accurate.

"I would rather the programme was made in my lifetime so I can help as much as I can to try to make it true to life," he says.

"People have got to know what happened. It is part of our history."




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