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Ian Brady dead: How a young boy from Westmeath escaped the evil clutches of the Moors Murderers

By Amy Molloy

A man has recalled how he escaped with his life after being lured to a house by Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

Tommy Rattigan escaped through the window of Hindley's grandmother's house, with her grabbing his foot as he fled.

Rattigan was born in the army barracks in Athlone in 1955 and later moved to Hulme in Manchester.

One day he was begging on the streets when a woman approached him and offered him food.

It turned out that woman was Myra Hindley, and Ian Brady stood in the background as she asked a young Tommy Rattigan about his background, before offering to make him a jam sandwich.

She told Rattigan to follow her back to the house, but said he shouldn't be seen talking to strangers and refused to walk with him.

"In my own mind, I thought that was sensible, so I followed them to the house," he told Newstalk's Moncrieff Show.

"As she got to the door, she walked in and Brady put his hand on my shoulder. He didn’t push me or anything, he was just gently directing me."

When they got inside, Hindley made him a 'jam butty', but he soon became suspicious.

"The first thing I noticed, there was no margarine on it, I know it’s a strange thing to think, but when I look back, I think the sandwich had been hurried. I also think there may have been something in the jam.

"I started to feel a bit insecure. I knew something was up. When she went back into the kitchen, I could hear them talking, and all I could hear him say was 'f**king wait' - that was the moment I felt I shouldn't be there."

Instead of bolting for the door, he noticed a sash window in the room, which he forced open.

Hindley grabbed his leg and shouted "the sh*t's getting away".

Two years later, after being put into a children's home, Rattigan was watching television when Hindley and Brady's faces appeared.

He told one of the members of staff that he had been in their house, but his claims were quickly dismissed.

"It was only in the years after that I realised what these people had done," he said.

In 2000, penned a letter to Brady, asking him to reveal the location of Keith Bennett's body, and to his shock, Brady replied.

He denied ever meeting Rattigan and said: "We were quite ordinary, and not dripping in blood".

Keith Bennett's mother died in 2012 without knowing his final resting place.

Rattigan has since gone on to become a successful author.

He wrote a book about his experience with the Moors Murderers, entitled: "A Slice of Bread & Jam."

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