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Brady 'reveals where Keith buried'

Moors murderer Ian Brady has revealed details about where one of his victims, 12-year-old Keith Bennett, is buried, police believe.

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement that the killer had finally disclosed details of the location of the body to one of his long-term visitors to the high-security hospital where he is being detained.

The force added that a 49-year-old woman had been arrested in South Wales on suspicion of preventing the burial of a body without lawful exercise and remained in police custody for questioning.

Brady may have revealed the location of Keith's grave in documents passed to his legal advocate with strict orders they are only to be opened after his death, it was reported.

While Brady, who has been detained for the last 25 years at Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside, has revealed where some of his victims were buried, he has always refused to disclose any details about the location of the Keith's body, despite pleas from his family. His refusal has caused constant heartache for Keith's mother, Winnie Johnson, who has cancer and recently appealed for Brady to break his silence before she died.

Now Jackie Powell, who was appointed the murderer's legal advocate under the Mental Health Act in 1999, said Brady gave her a sealed envelope to pass on to Mrs Johnson in the event of his death. She told the Daily Mirror: "I received a letter and a sealed envelope which said on the front 'to be opened in the event of my death'. 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."

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 Bennett 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.


From Belfast Telegraph