Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I'm Pleading with Him to Tell Me Where Keith Is. It's the Last Time It Will Be Done; Brady Will Not Be Allowed to Return to Moors

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I'm Pleading with Him to Tell Me Where Keith Is. It's the Last Time It Will Be Done; Brady Will Not Be Allowed to Return to Moors

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Byline: Pat Hurst ; Kim Pelling

MOORS murderer Ian Brady is the last hope in finding the grave of his victim Keith Bennett after police admitted defeat in the hunt for the body.

As previously unseen photos taken by Brady of Myra Hindley close to the burial sites of the couple's other four victims were released, the boy's mother begged the killer for help to find her son before she died.

Keith, aged 12, vanished on June 16 1964, after waving goodbye to his mother, Winnie Johnson, as he walked to his gran's house in Manchester. He never arrived.

He was abducted by Brady and Hindley, taken to Saddleworth Moor, sexually assaulted, killed and buried.

He was the third of the couple's five young victims, all murdered during their killing spree in mid-60s Manchester.

The pair signposted their chilling deeds with photographs of Hindley smiling while standing or crouching over the graves of their victims. Police used the photos for a covert five-year intensive search of one area, Shiny Brook.

Brady, 71, had refused to help - dismissing detectives with a wave of his hand from his bed when they visited him at Ashworth High Security Hospital.

Using high-tech equipment detectives scoured and dug around a 72,000 sq metre area of the desolate moors - but could not find the body. Yesterday Mrs Johnson broke down in tears as she appealed to her son's killer to end her 45 years of torment.

The frail pensioner, 75, said: "I'm pleading with him to get to me or the press or the police and tell me where Keith is, it is the last time it will be done.

"I appreciate what the police have done, they have done a lot of work in the last three to four years ... they have done their best, they can't do any more they have got nowhere else to look - it is up to Brady now to do what he can for me to get Keith back." She then broke down in tears as the photo of Hindley and live pictures of Saddleworth Moor flashed up on TV screens where she was speaking at the police HQ in Manchester. …

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