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Friday, 30 November, 2001, 10:05 GMT
Brady book shows no remorse
Ian Brady in police car
Ian Brady's book is a broadside against all of society
Moors murderer Ian Brady has compared himself to a "businessman" in a book he has written about serial killers.

Writing from Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside, Brady refuses to apologise or express remorse for his crimes.

He complains about being imprisoned until his death and attacks many of the country's institutions.

In an analysis of his own criminal career he notes he was "just like any avid businessman" who worked from "dawn till dusk on projects".

No apology

The book is to be published despite objections from the relatives of his victims and after Ashworth Hospital obtained an injunction against publication.

Brady writes: "You will presently discover that this work is not an apologia.

"Why should it be? To whom should I apologise, and what difference would it make to anyone?

"You contain me till death in a concrete box that measures eight by 10 (feet) and expect public confessions of remorse as well?"

He adds: "Remorse is a purely personal matter, not a circus performance."

The Gates of Janus
Victim's relatives want shops to boycott the book
The book, The Gates of Janus, Serial Killing and its Analysis, contains vicious attacks on religion, human nature, the behaviour of elites in human society, police chiefs, authors, journalists and judges.

Meanwhile, those who make a "respectable" living from crime are in many respects more corrupt, culpable and self-deluded than the criminals themselves, he writes.

He also suggests academics and police chiefs use killers as their personal vehicle to fame and fortune.

Killers comparison

In an cold analysis of the careers of notorious serial killers he gives little sign of disapproval of their conduct.

Brady notes: "In actuality, subconsciously or consciously, the serial killer has emotionally chosen to live one day as a lion, rather than decades as a sheep.

"Once the killer has committed the first or second act of homicide, he will gradually accept his own acts as normal, or supranormal, and that of the rest of humanity as subnormal and weak."

Ian Brady
Brady: "Passion for travel"
With a nostalgic note he recalls his own criminal career: "I personally can testify to having had boundless energy for criminal pursuits, just like any avid businessman could work from dawn till dusk on projects offering high financial or existential rewards.

"Having a passion for travel, my long journeys from city to city to recruit and organise the required labour and logistics of a crime were acutely stimulating, an aesthetic bonus."

And in the chapter on Peter Sutcliffe, he hints that the Yorkshire Ripper achieved greater notoriety than the perpetrators of the Moors Murders.

Brady, 62, is a patient at Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside.

The book is published in the UK on 4 December.

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