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Moors murderer Ian Brady reveals victim's resting place in letter to his mother - August-17-12
Source: The Telegraph (Donna Bowater)
Ian Brady, the Moors murderer, has finally revealed where the body of Keith Bennett is buried, 48 years after the 12-year-old was killed.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed that Brady, 74, told his legal advocate Jackie Powell where he hid the schoolboy's remains after the murder.
Brady also entrusted Powell with a letter revealing the location of the grave to be given to Keith's mother Winnie Johnson on his death.
Last night Powell was arrested by Greater Manchester Police on suspicion of preventing the burial of a body without lawful exercise.
Keith Bennett's mother Winnie Johnson has never given up hope of finding her son's body (PA)
The child killer has been on hunger strike for 13 years and has always refused to give peace to Mrs Johnson by allowing her the chance to find her son's remains.
Keith was one of five young victims killed by Brady and Myra Hindley, and the his body has never been found.
Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, (top) and their victims John Kilbride, Lesley Ann Downey, Keith Bennet, Pauline Reade and Edward Evans
Brady and his partner, Myra Hindley, who died in jail in 2002 aged 50, were responsible for the murders of five youngsters in the 1960s.
They lured the children and teenagers to their deaths, with victims sexually tortured before being buried on Saddleworth Moor above Manchester.
Pauline Reade, 16, disappeared on her way to a disco on July 12, 1963 and John Kilbride, 12, was snatched in November the same year.
Keith was taken on June 16, 1964 after he left home to visit his grandmother; Lesley Ann Downey, 10, was lured away from a funfair on Boxing Day, 1964; and Edward Evans, 17, was killed in October 1965.
Brady was jailed for life at Chester Assizes in 1966 for the murders of John, Lesley Ann and Edward.
Hindley was convicted of killing Lesley Ann and Edward and shielding Brady after John's murder, and jailed for life. In 1987 the pair finally admitted killing Keith and Pauline.
Both were taken back to Saddleworth Moor in 1987 to help police find the remains of the missing victims but only Pauline's body was found.
Mrs Johnson has made repeated calls for Brady to reveal the location of his grave.
Last December she said she wanted to hear face-to-face from Brady where her son was buried.
And in July she renewed her plea, saying in a letter to the killer that her dying wish was to know where Keith's body was.
Brady, 74, was due to go before a mental health tribunal in July, but it was delayed after he suffered a seizure.
The tribunal was to consider his application to be transferred to a Scottish prison and be allowed to die. He has been tube-fed since refusing food 12 years ago.
But last month Mrs Johnson's solicitor said she would not be attending the hearing as it would be "too traumatic" for her.
Greater Manchester Police also said detectives had been in touch with Keith's close family as well as Ashworth Hospital, where Brady has been held since 1985.
Speaking in the Daily Mirror, Powell said: "He says he doesn’t wish to take his secrets to the grave and within the sealed envelope is a letter to Winnie Johnson.
“Within that is the means of her possibly being able to rest."
She said Brady had previously described to her a mental map of Keith's grave. It is believed to be somewhere on Saddleworth Moor outside Manchester.
17 October 1965: Police search Saddleworth Moor for the bodies of children killed by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley (Rex)
Mrs Johnson, 78, is battling cancer in a hospice and has appealed to the murderer to finally reveal where her son's body has lay since he disappeared in 1964.
The existence of the letter is also revealed in a Channel 4 documentary, Ian Brady: End Games of a Psychopath, which is due to be aired on Monday at 9pm.
Greater Manchester Police said they were given a tip-off in July that Brady had told a visitor of the location.
In a statement, the force said: "Officers in the cold case unit made inquiries to accuracy of this report and have since had extensive contact with Ashworth hospital and Keith's close family.
"As a result, warrants obtained under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act were executed at Ashworth hospital and a private address in South Wales today.
"A 49-year-old woman has been arrested in South Wales on suspicion of preventing the burial of a body without lawful exercise and remains in police custody for questioning. Searches of both locations are ongoing."
A statement on a website called searchingforkeith.com, run by the victim's brother Alan Bennett, said: "It is good news that the police have finally been able to search Brady's room and also to make an arrest.
"I had been told about this but could not share this with anybody. I would say that until some definite information is found regarding Keith's whereabouts we do not want to raise our hopes too high at this stage. Nonetheless, it is a very important development."
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