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Ian Brady's chilling confessions: 'Myra was surprisingly in tune with me from the very beginning'

Mirror logo Mirror 17/05/2017 Steve Robson

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Psychopath Ian Brady made a series of chilling confessions about his murder spree before he died.

The Moors Murderer rejected the suggestion that he 'manipulated' or 'brainwashed' partner Myra Hindley into taking part in their horrific crimes.

In fact, he indicated that meeting Myra was the key moment in his life.

Dr Alan Keightley, a former RE teacher, spent more time with Brady than anyone else during his time in prison.

Credits: Manchester Evening News Archive © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Manchester Evening News Archive Writing in the Daily Mail, Dr Keightley told how Brady described his meeting with Hindley as like "the arc of electricity between two electrodes — shades of Frankenstein."

Brady went on: "When we were together, there was a third entity, an intoxicating, unified force, something intangible that possessed a power beyond both of us.

"Our relationship wasn’t master and slave. It was more like teacher and student. I aired my views for open discussion, nothing more.

Myra Hindley died in prison (Photo: PA)<br /> © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Myra Hindley died in prison (Photo: PA)
"They were on the table to be rejected or accepted.

"But Myra was surprisingly in tune with me from the very beginning.

"Myra was a soulmate."

It emerged last night that Brady wanted a ­gangland-style funeral so he could go out in a blaze of notoriety not seen since the Kray twins died.

And in a final insult to his victims’ families, the child killer demanded his ashes be buried on the moors where he and Myra Hindley dumped their bodies.

But the deluded monster will be cremated in secret with a handful of officials in attendance and his remains disposed of near Ashworth security hospital where he died on Monday.

Deluded Brady wanted a big funeral (Photo: Syndication International)<br /> © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Deluded Brady wanted a big funeral (Photo: Syndication International)
It was also revealed police made one last desperate bid to get Brady to tell them on his deathbed where he buried 12-year-old Keith Bennett, the only Moors Murders victim never found.

Speaking after opening an inquest at Southport into the killer’s death at the age of 79, coroner Christopher Sumner said: “I wanted to have assurance that when he is cremated his ashes will not be scattered on Saddleworth Moor. I think it would be offensive.”

Lesley Ann Downey's brother said the demand was 'sick and twisted' (Photo: Hulton Archive)<br /> © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Lesley Ann Downey's brother said the demand was 'sick and twisted' (Photo: Hulton Archive)
Terry West, 66, whose sister Lesley Ann Downey was killed by Brady and Hindley, said: “It is the final act of a twisted, evil man. For the coroner to order this ban must mean Brady ­stipulated his ashes should be scattered on Saddleworth Moor. It is a sick, final twist to cause his victims’ families the greatest upset from beyond the grave.”

Brady is said to have planned his funeral years ago after he went on hunger strike at Ashworth on ­Merseyside and demanded to be moved to a prison so he could die. He wrote to some of the hardest gangsters in Manchester and Liverpool asking them to provide muscle at the service as well as a guard of honour.

The coroner sought assurances that Brady would not be scattered on Saddleworth (Photo: Daily Mirror)<br /> © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited The coroner sought assurances that Brady would not be scattered on Saddleworth (Photo: Daily Mirror)

The demand came in a letter to pen pal and former criminal Cody Lachey. A source revealed: “He thought thousands of people will turn up the funeral. That might be true if the public was made aware of the arrangements but he’ll be cremated in secret.

“If ghouls knew where his remains were disposed of it could lead to the area become a magnet for sickos.”

Detectives visited Brady on Monday after it became clear his death was imminent and begged him to tell them where Keith was buried after his death in 1964 to end his family’s torment.

Pauline Reade's body is removed from the moor (Photo: Daily Mirror)<br /> © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Pauline Reade's body is removed from the moor (Photo: Daily Mirror)

Their lawyer John Ainley said: “The police spoke to me in the course of the evening, and they were trying to have access to his papers.

“That’s difficult without consent from his solicitors and a court order.

“They were trying, I think, to implore Brady at this very late stage to pass on any information or documents to them so they could carry out a meaningful search of the moors.

Brady and Hindley outside the house where they killed at least two people (Photo: Mirrorpix)<br /> © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Brady and Hindley outside the house where they killed at least two people (Photo: Mirrorpix)

“The death is a missed ­opportunity to find Keith. There was always a glimmer of hope that he would disclose vital information but that has gone. The only hope is that he has passed ­information to his representatives that will emerge in the days to come.

“I would hope the remains can be found but ­unfortunately I have not got any ­information that is going to assist them. I would be very surprised if he really had anything that was useful.

“He did go to the moors a long time ago and I suspect that if there had been information for him that he could have provided he would have provided it then.” But another lawyer who interviewed Brady twice insisted the serial killer did know where Keith’s body is.

A court sketch of a frail Brady in 2013 (Photo: PA)<br /><br /> © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited A court sketch of a frail Brady in 2013 (Photo: PA)

David Kirwan, who acted for the victim’s mum Winnie Johnson, said: “He dropped hints. I asked him ­specifically, ‘Do you know where the body is if you went back to the moors?’ He said sarcastically, ‘When I did go back in 1987 I took the police almost over his grave and they didn’t know, they bungled it.’ That was a bizarre thing to say and it convinced me that he did know.”

Keith’s mother, Winnie Johnson, died in 2012 after fighting ­tirelessly for decades to find her son. A ­heartbreaking video has emerged of her begging Brady to reveal where he buried the boy, a week before her death. Fighting back tears, she said: “I want him found before anything happens to me.

Winnie Johnson, <g class="gr_ gr_3 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins doubleReplace replaceWithoutSep" data-gr-id="3" id="3">mother</g> of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett, died before knowing where her boy was (Photo: PA)<br /> © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Winnie Johnson, mother of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett, died before knowing where her boy was (Photo: PA)

“I want Brady to know that I’ve got cancer and if he has any decency or respect for himself and me, he will tell me where Keith is.”

Martin Bottomley, head of the Greater Manchester Police Cold Case Review Unit, vowed never to stop the hunt. He said: “Our aim is to find where Keith is buried and give closure to his surviving family members.”

Police made one final attempt to get Brady to reveal where Keith' remains are (Photo: Getty)<br /> © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Police made one final attempt to get Brady to reveal where Keith' remains are (Photo: Getty)
Keith’s brother Alan, also pledged to keep up the search. Brady, who killed five ­children with Hindley, died from heart and lung problems. Speaking of his death, Mr Ainley said: “It was, I suppose, quite a moving sort of ­situation.” But GMP’s Chief Inspector Ian Hanson insisted there should be no sympathy for the killer.

He said: “He takes his place in hell and he can rot there and as far as I am concerned. Ashworth Hospital can leave him out for the bin men.”

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