Ian Brady’s Ashes And The Request That Came With Them
Notorious child killer Ian Brady died on 15th May 2017, never having revealed the whereabouts of the body of one of his victims, Keith Bennett, who had been 12 at the time of his murder. Myra Hindley and Ian Brady were the Moors Murderers, and between them they killed five children, burying the bodies of three of their victims (Lesley Anne Downey, Pauline Reade, and John Kilbride) on Saddleworth Moor.
It was feared that Brady’s ashes might be scattered on Saddleworth Moor, which was – horribly – one of his favourite places. However, Brady’s solicitor has confirmed that there is no chance at all of this happening. This has relieved many people, not least the families of the children who died.
The solicitor took the unusual step of ensuring that everyone was aware that the remains were not be taken to Saddleworth Moor because the coroner looking into the death wanted a guarantee that it would not happen before he would release the body.
In many instances, the choice of where to spread ashes is not something that is a problem. The rules are very relaxed about this, although it is wise to get the land owner’s permission if possible if it belongs to someone else. With regards to Saddleworth Moor, this is a public space, and there would usually not be any restrictions to scattering ashes there. This is a very different and unusual case.