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He was facing upwards. Ian was standing over him, facing him, with his legs on either side of the young lad's legs. The lad was still screaming Ian had a hatchet in his hand I heard the blow, it was a terrible hard blow, it sounded horrible. Talbot identified himself to Hindley as a police officer when she opened the door, and told her that he wanted to speak to her boyfriend. Hindley led him into the living room, where Brady was sitting up in a divan writing a note to his employer explaining that he would not be able to get into work because of his ankle injury.
Talbot explained that he was investigating "an act of violence involving guns" that was reported to have taken place the previous evening. When they came to the upstairs room in which Evans's body was stored the police found the door locked, and asked Brady for the key.
Hindley claimed that the key was at work, but after the police offered to drive her to her employer's premises to retrieve it, Brady told her to hand the key over. When they returned to the living room, the police told Brady that they had discovered a trussed up body, and that he was being arrested on suspicion of murder. As the police had no evidence that Hindley was involved in Evans's murder, she was allowed to go home, on the condition that she return the next day for further questioning.
Hindley was at liberty for four days following Brady's arrest, during which time she went to her employer's premises and asked to be dismissed, so that she would be eligible for unemployment benefits.
While in the office where Brady worked, she found some papers belonging to him in an envelope that she claimed she did not open, which she burned in an ashtray. She believed that they were plans for bank robberies, nothing to do with the murders.
On 11 October, Hindley was charged as an accessory to the murder of Edward Evans and was remanded at Risley. Smith had no idea what else the suitcases contained or where they might be, but he mentioned in passing that Brady "had a thing about railway stations".
The police consequently requested a search of all Manchester's left-luggage offices for any suitcases belonging to Brady, and on 15 October British Transport Police found what they were looking for at Manchester Central railway station  —the left-luggage ticket was found several days later in the back of Hindley's prayer book. She and Brady were both charged with the murder of Edward Evans, while police searched the moors for further victims.
Police searching the house at Wardle Brook Avenue found an old exercise book in which the name "John Kilbride" had been scribbled, which made them suspicious that Brady and Hindley might have been involved in the unsolved disappearances of other youngsters.
One hundred and fifty officers were drafted to search the moor, looking for locations that matched the photographs. Initially the search was concentrated along the A road near Woodheadbut a close neighbour, year-old Pat Hodges, had on several occasions been taken to the moor by Brady and Hindley and she was able to point out their favourite sites along the A road. Her mother Ann West had been on the moor watching as the police conducted their search, but was not present when the body was found.
The body of Lesley Ann Downey was still visually identifiable when recovered. Each was brought before the court separately and remanded into custody for a week. Hindley had been charged with the murders of Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans, and being an accessory to the murder of John Kilbride. The prosecution's opening statement was held in camera rather than in open court,  and the defence asked for a similar stipulation but was refused.
Detectives arranged for the animal to be examined by a veterinary surgeon to determine its age, from which they could date when the pictures were taken. The examination involved an analysis of the dog's teeth, which required a general anaesthetic from which Puppet did not recover, as he suffered from an undiagnosed kidney complaint. On hearing the news of her dog's death, Hindley became furious, and accused the police of murdering Puppet, one of the few occasions detectives witnessed any emotional response from her.
I feel as though my heart's been torn to pieces. I don't think anything could hurt me more than this has. The only consolation is that some moron might have got hold of Puppet and hurt him. Under cross-examination by the prosecuting counsel, all Brady would admit was that "I hit Evans with the axe. If he died from axe blows, I killed him.
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Hindley admitted that her attitude towards Downey was "brusque and cruel", but claimed that was only because she was afraid that someone might hear Downey screaming. Hindley claimed that when Downey was being undressed she herself was "downstairs"; when the pornographic photographs were taken she was "looking out the window"; and that when Downey was being strangled she "was running a bath".
As the death penalty for murder had been abolished while Brady and Hindley were held on remandthe judge passed the only sentence that the law allowed: Brady was sentenced to three concurrent life sentences and Hindley was given two, plus a concurrent seven-year term for harbouring Brady in the knowledge that he had murdered John Kilbride. He stated that Brady was "wicked beyond belief" and that he saw no reasonable possibility of reform. He did not consider that the same was necessarily true of Hindley, "once she is removed from [Brady's] influence".
One victim was Stephen Jennings, a three-year-old West Yorkshire boy who was last seen alive in December His body was finally found buried in a field inbut the following year his father William Jennings was found guilty of his murder. In NovemberKeith Bennett's mother Winnie Johnson wrote a letter to Hindley begging to know what had happened to her son, a letter that Hindley seemed to be "genuinely moved" by.
I am a simple woman, I work in the kitchens of Christie's Hospital. It has taken me five weeks labour to write this letter because it is so important to me that it is understood by you for what it is, a plea for help. Please, Miss Hindley, help me. Although the letter from Winnie Johnson may have played a part, he believed that Hindley's real concern was that, knowing of Brady's "precarious" mental state, she was afraid that he might decide to co-operate with the police, and wanted to make certain that she, and not Brady, was the one to gain whatever benefit there may have been in terms of public approval.
At about the same time, police closed all roads onto the moor, which was patrolled by officers, 40 of them armed. Hindley and her solicitor arrived by helicopter from an airfield near Maidstonetouching down at 8: Wearing a donkey jacket and balaclavashe was driven, and walked around the area. It was difficult for Hindley to make a connection between her memories of the area and what she saw on the day, and she was apparently nervous of the helicopters flying overhead.
We had taken the view that we needed a thorough systematic search of the moor It would never have been possible to carry out such a search in private. He spent about four hours helping police pinpoint areas where he thought more bodies might be buried. She was in the car, over the brow of the hill, in the bathroom and even, in the case of the Evans murder, in the kitchen".
Topping concluded that he felt he "had witnessed a great performance rather than a genuine confession". Police visited Brady in prison again and told him of Hindley's confession, which at first he refused to believe. Once presented with some of the details that Hindley had provided of Pauline Reade's abduction, Brady decided that he too was prepared to confess, but on one condition: In the letter, Johnson was sympathetic to Hindley over the criticism surrounding her first visit.
Hindley, who had not replied to the first letter, responded by thanking Johnson for both letters, explaining that her decision not to reply to the first resulted from the negative publicity that surrounded it. She also paid tribute to Topping, and thanked Johnson for her sincerity. This time, the level of security surrounding her visit was considerably higher.
She stayed overnight in Manchester, at the flat of the police chief in charge of GMP training at Sedgley Park, Prestwichand visited the moor twice. She later remembered that as Pauline Reade was being buried she had been sitting next to her on a patch of grass and could see the rocks of Hollin Brown Knoll silhouetted against the night sky.
Amidst strong media interest Lord Longford pleaded for her release, writing that her continuing detention to satisfy "mob emotion" was not right. Fisher persuaded Hindley to release a public statement, in which she explained her reasons for denying her complicity in the murders, her religious experiences in prison, the letter from Johnson, and that she saw no possibility of release. She also exonerated David Smith from any part in the murders, except that of Edward Evans.
Brady was taken to the moor on 3 July, but he seemed to lose his bearings, blaming changes that had taken place in the intervening years, and the search was called off at 3: Earlier that month, the BBC had received a letter from Ian Brady, in which he claimed that he had committed a further five murders - including a man in the Piccadilly area of Manchesteranother victim on Saddleworth Moortwo more victims in Scotlandand a woman whose body he allegedly dumped in a canal at a location which he declined to identify.
The police decided that there was insufficient evidence from this letter to launch an official investigation. Their search was aided by the use of sophisticated modern equipment, including a US satellite used to look for evidence of soil movement.
A woman was subsequently arrested on suspicion of preventing the burial of a body without lawful excuse, but a few months later the Crown Prosecution Service announced that there was insufficient evidence to press charges. Stewart had little support, and after a few months was forced to give her son into the care of Mary and John Sloan, a local couple with four children of their own. Brady took their name, and became known as Ian Sloan. His mother continued to visit him throughout his childhood.
He was accepted for Shawlands Academya school for above-average pupils. He left the academy aged 15, and took a job as a tea boy at a Harland and Wolff shipyard in Govan. Nine months later, he began working as a butcher's messenger boy. He had a girlfriend, Evelyn Grant, but their relationship ended when he threatened her with a flick knife after she visited a dance with another boy.
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He again appeared before the court, this time with nine charges against him,  and shortly before his 17th birthday he was placed on probation, on condition that he live with his mother.
Ian took his new stepfather's surname. He was sent to Strangeways for three months. After being discovered drunk on alcohol he had brewed he was moved to the much tougher unit at Hull. Deciding to "better himself", he obtained a set of instruction manuals on book-keeping from a local public library, with which he "astonished" his parents by studying alone in his room for hours. He was regarded by his colleagues as a quiet, punctual, but short-tempered young man.
He rode a Tiger Cub motorcyclewhich he used to visit the Pennines. Her parents, Nellie and Bob Hindley the latter an alcoholicbeat her regularly when she was a young child. The small house the family lived in was in such poor condition that Hindley and her parents had to sleep in the only available bedroom, she in a single bed next to her parents' double.
The family's living conditions deteriorated further when Hindley's sister, Maureen, was born in August Blessed with luxury, comfort and privilege, he had been brought up at Cliveden in the shadow of his mother, Nancy Astor, a dominant, unconventional and pioneering woman. For her part, Hindley's conviction at Chester in was simply the grim climax to a blighted life. Her role as Ian Brady's accomplice had transformed her into an object of supreme fascination, especially once it became clear that she was intelligent, and vulnerable to remorse and the idea of redemption through the renewal of her Roman Catholic faith.
Hindley's capacity for enthralling her supporters remains a disturbing theme in her correspondence with Astor. The eminent QC Helena Kennedynow a scion of the progressive establishment, was a young defence lawyer when she represented Hindley in court. She retains a vivid memory of the smartly dressed, dark-haired woman who could have been "an English literature teacher in a good secondary school.
Hindley loved to read, and loved Middlemarch," Kennedy remembers.
She always had a strong sense of the horror of what she had done. The other important figure was her "confessor", Peter Timms, a prison governor turned priest, who considers her prison treatment "a scar on the judicial system". If public opinion was partly to blame for this, Hindley's case was certainly not helped by Longford, who was prone to unfortunate public utterances.
Hindley, said Longford, was "a delightful person", adding that "you could loathe what people did, but should not loathe what they were, because human personality was sacred, even though human behaviour was very often appalling". Longford and Astor had known each other since Oxford. Their paths had often crossed in the beaten ways of liberal postwar Britain, and they shared an interest in prison reform.
Astor was agnostic, verging on atheist, Longford a devout Roman Catholic. Both were fascinated by the idea of redemption. Here, in Myra Hindley, was apparently a perfect case study: Early in the s, dismayed by the adverse publicity Longford was getting, Astor stepped in. He was an intensely shy, soft-spoken, man, but capable of decisive, occasionally ruthless, action.
Now, according to his widow Bridget, "David said to Frank [Longford]: Frank was always interested in publicity in a way that David really wasn't. Hindley, replying to "Dear Mr Astor", seemed to open her heart.See No Evil - The Moors Murders - Full Film
His public journalistic and his private, philanthropic impulses became hopelessly blurred. After their first exchange, he wrote that, "Incidentally, you write very well. Have you begun writing your thoughts?
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I think you should, if only to exercise the gift you've got. But she's not ordinary: Unsurprisingly, he, who believed in the unconscious guilt of the community, began to evolve a theory about the extremes of public hatred towards Hindley. As he put it in one letter: Towards the end ofthe past returned with a vengeance, as it periodically did throughout Hindley's long incarceration. She received "a heartbreaking letter" from Winnie Johnson, the mother of Keith Bennett, who wrote that "not knowing whether my son is alive or dead is literally a living hell I am on bended knee begging you to end this torture and finally put my mind at rest.
She consulted Astor about how to handle the press backlash. Astor, to encourage her, replied that, "The way you run your life under your circumstances is an extraordinary achievement I won't say spiritual, because I don't know what that means. Inaddressing the complexities of this project, Astor wrote, "This book should be the story of your personal pilgrimage or odyssey. In the course of writing your own testament, you should incidentally answer all the questions in the public's mind, but only incidentally, not as your main theme.
That theme I feel should be your innocence, your fall and your redemption…" Various literary advisers, including Elizabeth Longford and a reluctant Diana Athill, were mobilised to help shape the manuscript. Hindley responded by submitting hundreds of pages of childhood memories — almost a million words — but never confronting the unbearable reality of the killings. In some frustration, Astor wrote to Timms that it was "impossible for [Hindley] to write about the serious troubles in her life, beginning with her meeting with Brady.
Her long account of the minutiae of a Lancashire girls's everyday life makes very wearisome reading. If it was offered as a book, it would be a disaster.
Often Astor's promotion of Hindley's rehabilitation was fiercely rebuffed behind the scenes. When he tried to place the sale of Hindley's life story with literary agent Michael Sissons, his five-page proposal was returned with Sissons's obvious repugnance. Arnold Goodman, a political advisor and establishment fixer of the s, wrote to Astor that the Hindley campaign was "one of the rare instances where I do not feel totally enthusiastic about one of your causes".
The relationship with Hindley took on a ritualistic quality, through the cycle of Astor's prison visits. I feel we are weaving such a close web of friendship with you that our visits have gradually taken on a family atmosphere. I hope you feel the same. Hindley also met Astor's wife, Bridget. Mrs Astor has vivid memories of Hindley's life as a long-term prisoner. She was very impressive. She also had a very good sense of humour.
There was nothing creepy about Myra. She was very matter-of-fact. She knew her crimes were terrible and she didn't pretend otherwise. She remained, however, a powerful and highly intelligent character who could bend the prison's organisation to her will. She came to learn that her every move was tabloid fodder. Fleet Street was a jungle in which "the story", true or false, a cocktail of blind quotes and unsourced gossip, was everything.
Innocuous-seeming correspondence invariably turned out to have been arranged by the Daily Mirror or the Sun. In her cell, Hindley developed a routine of studied normality, circumscribed by her limited interaction with the other inmates, meetings with famous visitors, establishment liberals such as Merlyn Rees, Ludovic Kennedy and Cardinal Hume, and occasional visits from her family.
She listened to Radio 4 Book at Bedtime, Kaleidoscoperead improving books and did the crossword. It was, she wrote, "a strange kind of paralysis". Hindley also found consolation in a succession of prison relationships. Bridget Astor insists that Hindley was "not a lesbian", and Helena Kennedy agrees. Inthe woman Hindley called "the love of my life", Trisha Forrester, also became the object of Astor's patronage, bringing an awkward dimension to a complicated relationship.
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For a while Trisha and her collie Jacob occupied the top-floor flat in the Astor's London home. Astor's support for Hindley had many facets. There was his interest in her education, her Open University degree, her reading and writing. Once Bridget had been introduced, the Astors sent clothes and make-up.
From time to time there was speculation about Hindley getting a new identity and moving abroad, possibly to France, Australia or Vancouver.
Today, the relocation of lifers on parole and the adoption of new identities is commonplace. The interminable discussions about the campaign to secure Hindley's freedom were always wrecked on an immovable obstacle: Astor himself never lost hope in her ultimate redemption.
Until you can somehow find a convincing way of describing that, people will be puzzled and confused. On her side, Hindley wrote, "You are much loved" and sent him a birthday card with kisses from herself, her lover and the dog, Jacob. Astor reciprocated with declarations of "admiration" for her courage, fortitude and patience.
His support for Hindley occasionally became a matter for hostile debate. Inthe Daily Star reported: The elderly toff has agreed to bankroll her High Court action…" Astor's defence was always: Inwhen Astor justified his continued financial support of Hindley, Janie Jones, a one-time singer jailed for supplying call girls, who had become friends with Hindley in prison, published The Devil and Miss Jones.
She conned Lord Longford rotten. And she conned me, too.