The “Cancatenation of Circumstances” it was called by Malcome MacCulloch, forensic psychiatry professor at Cardiff University because it depicted the evil series of murders committed by serial killer Ian Brady and Myra Hindley from 1963 to 1965. Also known as the “Moor Murders” since two of the victims were discovered in graves dug on Saddleworth Moor. The “Moor Murders” have lingered in the minds of people all over England because Brady refused to reveal the burial site of Keith Bennett.
However, as of today, police believe Ian Brady has revealed details of the whereabouts of where 12-year-old Keith Bennett is buried.
Greater Manchester Police said in a statement last night that Brady had recently given details of the location of the body to one of his long-term visitors.
The force added that a 49-year-old woman had been arrested in south Wales on suspicion of preventing the burial of a body without lawful exercise and remained in police custody for questioning.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “On 30 July 2012, Greater Manchester Police received information that led officers to believe that Ian Brady had recently given details of the location of Keith Bennett’s body to one of his long-term visitors.
“Officers in the cold case unit made inquiries to accuracy of this report and have since had extensive contact with Ashworth hospital and Keith’s close family.
“As a result, warrants obtained under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act were executed at Ashworth hospital and a private address in south Wales today.
“A 49-year-old woman has been arrested in south Wales on suspicion of preventing the burial of a body without lawful exercise and remains in police custody for questioning. Searches of both locations are ongoing.”
Brady and his partner, Myra Hindley, were responsible for the murders of five youngsters in the 1960s.
They lured children and teenagers to their deaths, with victims sexually tortured before being buried on Saddleworth Moor above Manchester.
Pauline Reade, 16, disappeared on her way to a disco on July 12 1963 and John Kilbride, 12, was snatched in November the same year.
Keith Bennett was snatched on June 16 1964 after he left home to visit his grandmother; Lesley Ann Downey, 10, was lured away from a funfair on Boxing Day 1964; and Edward Evans, 17, was killed in October 1965.
Brady was given life at Chester Assizes in 1966 for the murders of John, Lesley Ann and Edward.
Hindley was convicted of killing Lesley Ann and Edward and shielding Brady after John’s murder, and jailed for life.
In 1987 the pair finally admitted killing Keith and Pauline.
Both were taken back to Saddleworth Moor in 1987 to help police find the remains of the missing victims but only Pauline’s body was found.
Keith’s mother Winnie Johnson has made repeated calls for Brady to reveal the location of his grave.
Last December Mrs Johnson said she wanted to hear face-to-face from Brady where her son was buried.
Hindley died in jail in November 2002, aged 60.
Brady has spent the last 25 years at the high-security Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside.
Brady, 74, was due to go before a mental health tribunal in July, but it was delayed after he suffered a seizure.
The tribunal was to consider Brady’s application to be transferred to a Scottish prison and be allowed to die. He has been tube-fed since refusing food 12 years ago.
Last December, speaking about the planned hearing, Mrs Johnson, 78, of Longsight, Manchester, said: ”I would like to go to hear it myself. I want to listen to what he has got to say, if he is going to say anything important.
“I have never seen him face to face.
“It would hurt but the point is I want to be there. The only way I can find out is going and facing him.”
South Wales Police said it could not confirm any details of the investigation as the arrest was made by the Metropolitan Police..
Mrs Johnson’s solicitor John Ainley said she was not aware of the new developments, but said his client had “always believed that Ian Brady knew where her son was buried”.
“She never thought anything else,” he said.
“He had a dialogue with Winnie some years ago and she was certain that he could have provided information that would have given her closure in this harrowing case.
“Her one and only desire is to give her son a proper family burial during her lifetime.”
Much of this information was made public do to a new documentary which will air on channel 4.