The 5 victims of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley and the gruesome details of their horrible deaths.
On July 12, 1963, Pauline Reade went missing while walking to a dance. The plan for all abductions was for Hindley to drive a van while Brady followed on his motorcycle, searching for victims. When spotting a possible victim, Brady would blink his headlights. Hindley was expected to pull over and asked if the intended victim needed a ride. Brady chose Reade as they passed the young girl.
Hindley knew Reade as an acquaintance of her younger sister, Maureen, and offered her a ride to Saddleworth Moor. Brady took Reade into the Moor alone, returning half an hour later without Reade. He asked Hindley to stay with dying girl while he retrieved a shovel he had concealed beforehand. Hindley noticed Reade neck had been cut and suspected Brady might have have sexually assaulted the young girl, as her clothing was disturbed.
12-year-old John Kilbride was the second victim. Hindley had met the young boy at a market and requested his assistance with some boxes. Brady was hidden in the back seat as they drove to the Moor. Again, Hindley sat in the car while Brady took the child, raped him, cut his neck and squeezed the life out of him.
12-year-old Keith Bennett vanished while walking on June 16, 1964, four days before his birthday. Hindley had enticed him into a rented car. The trio went to the Saddleworth Moor where Brady killed the child after abusing him.
December 26, 1964, 10 year old Lesley Ann Downey was kidnapped at a fairground by Hindley and Brady when they realized the child was alone. Instead of taking her to the Moor, this time they drove her to their home.
Hindley later claimed that Brady undressed Downey, tied her up, photographed her naked, then sexually assaulted her, before finally killing her. Hindley said that she had found the girl dead after readying a bath. The next day the couple brought the body to the Moor for burial.
While Hindley waited in the car, the final victim, 17-year-old Edward Evans, was taken by Brady at Manchester Central Railway. The trio went to the couple’s home. Brady and Evans began arguing while Hindley was sent to get her brother in-law, David Smith, Maureen’s husband. Because Smith had a criminal record, the Hindley family did not like him. After returning home with Smith, Hindley headed into the kitchen on the ruse of feeding their dog.
Smith heard Brady and Evans struggling in another room and went to help. He found Brady had beat Evans with an axe handle, then strangled him. During the struggle Brady had injured his ankle and could not help Smith dispose of the body. Together, they wrapped the body in plastic and placed it in a spare room, planning to dispose of it the next day.
Smith went home and told his wife everything. She insisted he call the police. After several hours of debating, Smith called the police from a payphone, telling them everything.
Police Superintendent, Bob Talbot, listened to Smith’s story and very early the next morning drove to Brady and Hindley’s home. Hindley let him in as Brady waited in the living room. Given permission, the police searched the home and came upon a locked room. Hindley hesitated, but finally gave them a key.
The policed found Evans’ body and arrested Brady. He claimed that he and Evans had a fight that went too far. Hindley was not arrested at that time, but did go with Brady to the police station. She would only say that it was an accident. With no evidence proving her involvement, Hindley was allowed to go home. After further investigation, Hindley was arrested on October 11 and charged as an accessory to Evans’ murder.
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