Moors murderer Ian Brady 'on his deathbed' at high security hospital

Undated handout file photo from the Public Records Office of Moors Murderer Ian Brady.

John was offered a lift home by Brady and Hindley from a market in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, on the evening of 23 November 1963.

The serial killer has died at Ashworth high-security psychiatric hospital in Merseyside, where he was reportedly receiving palliative care.

A Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust spokesman said: "We can confirm a 79-year-old patient in long term care at Ashworth High Secure Hospital has died after becoming physically unwell".

It is understood Brady had been bedridden for the last couple of years, suffering from emphysema.

Brady and Myra Hindley (below) together sexually tortured and murdered five children and teenagers, aged between ten and 17, in the 1960s.

But even though Brady and Hindley were both permitted to travel to the moor to try to remember where the boy's remains were, they were not found.

Brady was 28 in May 1966 when he and Hindley were convicted of murdering Lesley Ann and Edward.

In 2013 his request to be moved to a Scottish prison was denied after medical experts said he had chronic mental illness.

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Pathologists said it was impossible to say whether Brady had sexually assaulted her.

Pauline, who was Brady's first victim, disappeared on 12 July 1963, while she was on her way to a disco near her home in Gorton, in Manchester.

Terry West, brother of Lesley Ann Downey, told MailOnline: "I poured myself a glass of wine when I found out - we've been waiting for this day for such a long time".

Brady's death means that Keith's family will probably never find out his final resting place.

In the letters he claimed he was still enjoying nostalgic trips to the Gorbals in 1965, just before he and Hindley were arrested for the murders.

The next morning police searched the house, and began unravelling the gruesome evidence of Brady and Hindley's appalling crimes.

Keith Bennett and Pauline Reade. "That has to come from him". Four of the victims were buried on Saddleworth Moor.

On the way back, Brady suggested they take a detour to again search for a glove Hindley had lost on the moors. He became the murderers' third victim when he was abducted after leaving his home in Chorlton-on-Medlock, in Manchester on 16 June that year.

Speaking about the case of victim Lesley Ann Downey, former police officer Norman Brennan told of the "grief and torment" he had seen on the faces of her mother and father. Hindley was convicted in the death of Evans and Downey.

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