Moors Murderer Ian Brady died aged 79-years-old at a high-security psychiatric hospital in Merseyside, England earlier this year. Tameside council have confirmed that his body was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea. On October 25th, his ashes were placed in a weighted biodegradable urn, driven to Liverpool Marina and dispatched at sea on Thursday at 2.30am.
Families of his victims feared his request would be to scatter his ashes on Saddleworth Moor – where he and Myra Hindley buried four of their victims. Following the announcement of his death on 15th May 2017, one family member of his victim, Lesley Ann Downey, tweeted: “We as a family have had the best news ever! Brady the devil’s disciple is DEAD!!! May you rot in F****** HELL!!!!!!!!!!”.
Ian Brady and Myra Hindley – the ‘Moors murderers’ – committed some of the most notorious crimes of the last century in England. In 1961, Hindley met Brady – who read Nietzsche, Mein Kampf and books on Nazi atrocities – at the chemical plant where they both worked, Hindley thought she’d found a kindred spirit.
Later, when Brady revealed his obsession with committing the ‘perfect murder’, Hindley was quick to comply. Their first victim, in 1963, was Pauline Reade, a 16-year old school friend of Hindley’s sister. Hindley later claimed that she only lured the girl to Saddleworth Moor, waiting in her van while Brady killed the girl before the pair buried her. They murdered four more victims and Hindley delighted in carrying around a cord that she used to strangle one victim – playing with it in front of people.
With the death penalty abolished in England, while Brady and Hindley were in custody, Hindley lived out the rest of her life in prison, dying of pneumonia in 2002. Ian Brady was declared criminally insane in 1985, he was sent to serve his sentence in high-security Ashworth Hospital.
Despite the fact that most people find him twisted beyond recognition, the public interest in his crime is still growing. The Gates of Janus is a highly controversial book, written entirely by Brady, after British true crime writer, Colin Wilson, suggested that he write a book and come to terms with the crimes he committed.
Based on observations of other killers and his own life story, Brady’s book is part psychological and part philosophical. Wilson strongly denies this glorifies Brady’s crimes, but instead reads as a fascinating insight into the mind of a murderer. This is considered essential reading for psychologists, forensic scientists and anyone who really wants to take a look inside the criminal mind.