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Moors murderer Ian Brady’s letter removed from online sale

The document penned by the child killer was reportedly offered for sale for £310 shortly after his death on Monday.

A letter written by Moors murderer Ian Brady from behind bars has been removed from sale by online auction site eBay.

The document penned by the child killer was reportedly offered for sale for £310 shortly after his death on Monday aged 79.

The Times reported the letter gave an insight into Brady’s racist views, saying “the only US blacks who become successful in something other than drug pushing, are halfcastes, trying to look whiter than white – the Jackson syndrome”.

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EBay confirmed the item was removed from sale (Tim Goode/PA)

EBay confirmed to the Press Association the item – sent to a man in Australia in 2008 – was removed from sale. A spokesman said: “eBay does not allow the sale of items that cause offence, or relate to high-profile criminals, and we’ll remove any listings that fit that description.”

Brady and Myra Hindley were jailed for life for the killings of John Kilbride, 12, 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans, 17. They went on to admit the murders of Pauline Reade, 16, and 12-year-old Keith Bennett. Hindley died in jail aged 60 in November 2002.

Glasgow-born Brady had been held at Ashworth High Secure Hospital in Merseyside since 1985 and his body – which has been under police guard – will be released to his lawyer on Thursday. The 79-year-old had been looked after by a palliative care team for two weeks before his death.

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Brady had been held at Ashworth High Secure Hospital since 1985 (PA)

When he opened the inquest on Tuesday, senior coroner for Sefton Christopher Sumner asked for assurances Brady’s ashes would not be scattered on Saddleworth Moor, where four of Brady and Myra Hindley’s child victims were buried. Mr Makin, the executor of Brady’s will, said there was “no likelihood” of the ashes being scattered there.

At Wednesday’s hearing, coroner’s officer Alby Howard-Murphy said: “I spoke to Mr Makin this afternoon regarding the hearing yesterday and he was unhappy with the comments that were made in court yesterday and suggested that there is no likelihood that the ashes would be spread on Saddleworth Moor.”

Michael Armstrong, representing Merseyside Police, said there were no suggestions Mr Makin had made any funeral arrangements for Brady within the Sefton area.

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Police using specially trained sniffer dogs on Saddleworth Moor (PA)

The inquest was told Brady’s cause of death was cor pulmonale, a form of heart failure, secondary to bronchopneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or lung disease. A full hearing is expected be held on June 29.

In 2013 Brady asked to be moved to a Scottish prison so he could not be force fed, as he could be in hospital, and where he could be allowed to die if he wished. His request was rejected after Ashworth medical experts said he had chronic mental illness and needed continued care in hospital.

In February, he was refused permission to launch a High Court fight to have the lawyer of his choice representing him at a tribunal where the decision would be reviewed.

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