Brady was responsible for the murders
of five children during the 1960s. In August 1987 he claimed
that he had carried out another five killings and even said where he had
buried the bodies,
but the police were never able to prove whether these
claims were true.
The five murders that Brady admitted
carrying out were committed with Myra Hindley as his accomplice.
the infamous Moors Murders, which are still some of the most reviled
crimes in Britain
decades after they happened. As a result, Brady and
Hindley became two of the most hated
individuals in British criminal
On July 12, 1963, the couple claimed
their first victim. 16-year-old Pauline Reade was enticed into
Hindley's minivan while Brady followed behind on his motorcycle. They
drove up to Saddleworth
Moor where Hindley asked Pauline to help her
look for a lost glove. They were busy "searching
the moors" when Brady
pounced upon Pauline and raped her. He then smashed her skull in with
shovel and slashed her throat so violently that she was almost
decapitated. Brady then buried
Pauline's body on the moor, where it
remained for over 20 years.
On November 23, Hindley lured
12-year-old John Kilbride into her car from a market place in
Ashton-under-Lyne, and drove him to Saddleworth Moor. Brady was waiting
there and ordered
Hindley to wait for him in a nearby village in their
hired Ford Anglia. While Hindley waited in
her car, Brady attempted to
stab the boy with a knife, but the weapon was too blunt. Brady lost
temper and strangled him to death with a string before burying his body
in a shallow grave.
On June 16, 1964 their third victim
was another 12-year-old boy, Keith Bennett, whom they
from a street in Chorlton and drove to Saddleworth Moor. Hindley stood
from the top of an embankment while Brady sexually assaulted
Keith in a ravine before
strangling him to death with a piece of string
and burying his body. It has never been found.
The fourth victim, 10-year-old
Lesley Ann Downey, was lured from a fairground in Ancoats.
took nine obscene photographs of her, showing her naked, bound and
were later found in a suitcase in a left luggage locker).
Hindley recorded the scene of the
child's rape and torture by Brady on
audio tape. The tape clearly records the voices of Brady,
the child, who is heard to scream and protest and asks to be allowed to
home and plead for her life. It is believed she was killed by Brady.
The following morning,
Brady and Hindley drove Lesley's body to
Saddleworth Moor where it was buried
in a shallow grave.
On October 6, 1965, the couple
claimed their fifth and final victim, 17-year-old Edward Evans.
They enticed him from Manchester Central Railway Station to their house
in Hattersley, where
Hindley's 18-year-old brother-in-law David Smith
was visiting. Brady then crept up on Edward
in the kitchen and smashed
his head in with an axe. He ordered Smith to help him carry the
corpse to an upstairs bedroom and tie it up ready for disposal, but Smith then
ran home and
contacted the police. Smith explained later that, while
apparently giving assistance to
cleaning up, his sole concern was to
escape the house alive.