Both Brady and Hindley come clean with the police and attempt to locate the last two victims still buried out on Saddleworth Moor.
During an interview with Fred Harrison, Brady confessed to all five murders, including those of Pauline Reade and Keith Bennett. Not until this confession did the police get complete details of the couple’s crimes.
After receiving a letter from Keith Bennett’s mother pleading with her to give the details of Bennett’s death, Hindley agreed to help the police. In late 1986 Hindley made a visit to the Moor, hoping to locate Reade and Bennett’s graves.
On February 10, 1987, Hindley finally acknowledged her role in all 5 murders, though still maintaining that she was not present when Brady killed any of the victims. On her second visit to the Moor in March, 1987, she spent two days searching under heavy guard. The Hollin Brown Knoll and Hoe Grain areas were also searched, to no avail.
Reade’s body was found on July I, 1987, less than 100 yards from the location of Downey’s body. When Brady heard about the discovery, he suggested that he could find the last grave. He was allowed out of prison to search the Moor, although he had not been there in 20 years. During the search Brady located nothing.
Though those in charge thought it might be a waste of time, because Bennett’s body might still be out there and the family deserved closure, a second search was initiated in December the same year. Brady went again to Saddleworth Moor, with the same results.
To date Keith Bennett’s body has not been found. His family has continued the search, by no means giving up the hope of someday giving him a proper burial. The prosecution did not deem it necessary to prosecute Brady and Hindley further, as they were both already serving life sentences.
In November, 1985, after spending 19 years in prison, Brady was declared insane and was transferred to Ashworth Psychiatric Hospital. Lord Chief Justice Lane once commented that he thought Brady was one man who should in actuality stay in prison for life as Brady was suicidal. During his incarceration he had contemplated killing himself, making the attempt at least once. Ian Brady is still in prison.
Even with all that had happened throughout their relationship prior to her incarceration, Hindley wrote Brady faithfully until she severed the relationship in 1971. Governor Dorothy Wing often treated model prisoners to walks in Hampstead Heath as a reward. When Hindley was given this privilege, the media reported it and the country became extremely infuriated. Wing was reprimanded for her decision.
During her time in prison Hindley began a relationship with Officer Patricia Cairns, as they worked together to strategize her escape. The plan failed when escape paraphernalia was found in Hindley’s possession.
After 25 years in prison Hindley was told that she was would be eligible for parole; but the Lord Chief Justice had changed the time frame for life sentences from 25 years to 30 years. Ann West, the bereaved mother of Lesley Ann Downey, made it her mission to ensure that Hindley would by no means ever be granted parole.
During her incarceration Hindley wrote her autobiography; it has yet to be published. At the age of 60 Hindley died while still in prison on November 15, 2002. On November 25, 2002, it was declared that judges would now decide the length of inmate sentences, not politicians or Home Secretaries.
Myra Hindley’s family did not attend her funeral. They had moved away from the area and were living under different names.