Moors murderer Ian Brady dies, Ashworth Hospital confirms

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Moors Murderer Ian Brady has died at a high security psychiatric hospital 51 years after being convicted of torturing and murdering five children.

These were their five victims. It was two decades before her parents found out what happened to her, when her body was found in 1987 after the murderers confessed and led detectives to her grave-site.

Maureen Smith, sister of Myra Hindley, and her husband David, 1965.

Smith fled and called police, who eventually found Kilbride and Downey's bodies buried on the moor. Brady told Hindley he sexually assaulted and strangled the boy.

The next morning, the two drove the body to Saddleworth Moor and buried her there.

Pauline was still wearing her pink and gold party dress and blue coat.

12 year-old murder victim John Kilbride.

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In the shadow of President John F Kennedy's assassination in the USA the day before, little attention was paid to the disappearance of the Manchester boy.

Hindley lured the schoolboy from a market in Ashton-Under-Lyne, where he had been earning some pocket money helping out.

The youngster agreed to get into the auto on the pretext his parents would be anxious about him if he was late home.

She offered him a lift home, but the pair suggested a detour to the moors using the same excuse - to look for a lost glove.

However numerous attempts to prize the information from Brady have failed. The photograph would later lead police to the young boy's resting place.

During a court hearing in February, Brady's lawyers said he had been bedridden for the last couple of years and was terminally ill with emphysema, according to Sky News.

They later admitted the murders of Pauline Reade and Keith Bennett.

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Brady refused to help a special investigation in 2003 to once again find Keith's remains.

Terry West, brother of Lesley Ann Downey, told MailOnline: "I poured myself a glass of wine when I found out - we've been waiting for this day for such a long time".

When Brady dies he will take the secret of where 12-year-old Keith Bennett is to his grave.

Winnie Johnson, mother of Keith Bennett, in 1992.

Speaking about the case of victim Lesley Ann Downey, former police officer Norman Brennan told of the "grief and torment" he had seen on the faces of her mother and father.

Brady had beaten her about the head and cut her throat with such force that her spinal cord was severed.

Brady and Hindley were jailed for life in 1966 for abducting, torturing, sexually abusing and then murdering the children before burying their young victims on the bleak Saddleworth Moor near the northern city of Manchester.

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