Why are contents of Moors Murderer Brady’s briefcases being kept secret?
Ian Brady’s solicitor is apparently refusing to give two of the mass-killers locked briefcases to ‘silent witness’ officers from Greater Manchester Police.
The brother of one of the killer’s victims, Keith Bennett, has said he has pleaded with the solicitor to “show compassion” and hand over Brady’s briefcases.
Alan Bennett hopes they contain information about the exact spot where Brady and his twisted lover, Myra Hindley, buried Keith in 1964.
He said he “needed to know one way or the other” if there was anything that could help the family’s search for answers which has gone on for more than half a century.
Keith mother, Winnie Johnson, died in 2012 aged 78, after a long campaign to give him a Christian burial.
After Brady’s death in 2017, Greater Manchester Police applied for a court order to examine the contents of the cases, but reports say they were turned down on the grounds that there was no longer any prospect of a prosecution.
According to Alan, his solicitor, John Ainley, has written to Mr Robin Makin, of E Rex Makin & Co Solicitors in Liverpool, who the cases were handed to.
But it appears there has been no response.
Before the court hearing Robin Makin, had met GMP officers, bringing the locked briefcases with him. But he refused to let police examine Brady’s personal papers.
Alan, aged 62, said: “There is a desperate need to look for anything that may help in the recovery of Keith’s body and there may be something in those cases. We need to know one way or another.
“During my correspondence with Brady many years ago he stated that he had left instructions in his will for me alone. He did not give any further detail but it was at a time when I was searching on the moor and asking him about routes taken, areas of the moor, landmarks etc.
“The refusal by Mr Makin to help any further is a great cause of distress considering that my brother’s body still remains on the moor while all the other victims have been returned to their loved ones for a proper burial.
“Surely anything that could help to bring Keith home has to be made available to the police on behalf of Keith’s family. Nobody I know can comprehend his unwillingness to do all he can to help us.
“I am now reliant on some compassion and understanding be shown by Mr Makin. When Brady said he was leaving instructions for me, it may have been one of his silly games, or there could be something in the briefcases.”
Alan has spent years searching Saddleworth Moor himself around Shiny Brook stream digging for Keith’s remains.
Martin Bottomley, Head of GMP’s Cold Case Unit, said: “We will continue to do everything we can to pursue all investigative lines of enquiry to find Keith’s body, while also supporting his family and their efforts to uncover the truth. We will never close this case until we have the answers they so truly deserve.”
Brady, who murdered five children between 1963 and 1965 with Hindley, died in May 2017 at the secure psychiatric unit at Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside.
Keith was 12-years-old when he set out on his way to his grandmother’s house in Longsight on June 16th 1964.
Keith’s mum, Winnie Johnson, waved him off as he crossed Eston Street. She would never see him again.
In 1986 after Hindley and Brady had confessed for the first time to killing Keith and Pauline Reade a new search of the moors was carried out by GMP.
The body of Pauline, who was 16, when she was killed in 1963, was found on July 1st 1987. But after Pauline’s remains were found the search for Keith’s was stopped.