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1987: Moors murderer claims more killings

Moors murderer Ian Brady has claimed he was involved in another five killings.

In a letter to BBC news reporter Peter Gould, Brady speaks for the first time of five deaths in addition to those he has already admitted.

Brady, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1966 along with his accomplice Myra Hindley for the murder of three children, talks about "happenings".

But the revelations in his letter are not clear.

He mentions "a man on a piece of waste ground near Piccadilly in Manchester", "a woman in a canal", "a man in Glasgow" and "another one on the slopes of Loch Long".

Finally, he talks about "another on the other side of the moor road".

His only clarification in his letter is to say that the latter two victims were shot at close range.

Detective Chief Superintendent Peter Topping, of Greater Manchester Police, who is investigating the case, says he is making inquiries to establish how true the claims are.

Scepticism

But MP Ivor Stanbrook, a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, has urged caution.

He believes the allegations should be treated with scepticism.

"First because this man is mentally sick and also because such time has elapsed that it would be unlikely that any positive result would be obtained which would make it possible for a criminal trial to take place.

"Thirdly, this man and this woman are serving life sentences and the chances of them being released are remote so any further investigation is not in the public interest."

Myra Hindley has denied all knowledge of any further killings.

In Context

Following preliminary inquiries by the police into Ian Brady's claims that he had information on five other killings, it was decided there was insufficient evidence to pursue an official investigation.

In the 1980s Brady and Hindley admitted killing two more children, Pauline Reade, 16, and Keith Bennett, 12.

Pauline Reade's body was later found on Saddleworth Moor but despite assistance from Hindley and Brady, Keith Bennett's body has never been traced.

Both killers were told by successive home secretaries they would never be released.

Over the years Hindley made several legal bids for freedom but died still a prisoner in 2002.

Brady has said he will never apply for parole and his only ambition is to die.

He began a hunger strike in 1998 at Ashworth high security mental hospital in 1998 and is currently being force fed.


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