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A Plea Has Been Issued To Unlock Ian Brady’s Briefcases

A Plea Has Been Issued To Unlock Ian Brady’s Briefcases

12 minutes ago 0  Shares A Plea Has Been Issued To Unlock Ian Brady’s Briefcases Thu Feb 14 2019 07:46:30 GMT+0000 (GMT) Thu Feb 14 2019 07:54:13 GMT+0000 (GMT) Rebecca Shepherd Rebecca Shepherd in  News Powered by The brother of Ian Brady's fourth victim has issued a plea to reveal the contents of two briefcases…


The brother of Ian Brady’s fourth victim has issued a plea to reveal the contents of two briefcases he left behind.

TheMoors Murderer died on 15 May 2017and took the secret of where victim Keith Bennett’s body was buried to his grave,refusing to help police officers in the last moments of his life.

Now Alan Bennett, Keith’s brother, has claimed that Brady’s solicitor, Robin Makin, has the combination-locked briefcases containing personal papers belonging to the late-murderer.

According to the BBC, Mr Bennett alleges that Mr Makin has refused his ‘personal plea’ as well as police requests to reveal the documents.

Robin Makin (L), solicitor for Moors Murderer Ian Brady, speaking to the press outside Liverpool Crown Court in 2000. Credit: PA
Robin Makin (L), solicitor for Moors Murderer Ian Brady, speaking to the press outside Liverpool Crown Court in 2000. Credit: PA

Keith was murdered, aged just 12 years old, by Brady and his lover Myra Hindley. He was snatched by the pair while on his way to his grandmother’s house on 16 June 1964.

As part of the kidnapping, Hindley lured the young boy into her van before driving to a lay-by on the Moor, where Brady took him. While Hindley kept watch, Brady sexually assaulted and strangled the boy.

Neither of the two revealed where Keith was buried. Tragically, Keith’s mother, Winnie Johnson, died in 2012 without knowing the whereabouts of her son’s body.

Photo dates 20/11/1986 of police using specially trained sniffer dogs on Saddleworth Moor, near Oldham, to search for Keith Bennett. Credit: PA
Photo dates 20/11/1986 of police using specially trained sniffer dogs on Saddleworth Moor, near Oldham, to search for Keith Bennett. Credit: PA

Mr Bennett now believes that the briefcases could reveal clues about where Brady and Hindley buried his brother.

He explained that he ‘needed to know one way or the other’ if there was anything that would assist the family in their ongoing search.

Mr Bennett said that Mr Makin ‘ignored pleas from the solicitor acting on my behalf and, lately, a personal plea from myself’.

The lawyer, who is the executor of Brady’s will, is said to have ‘met with members of the Greater Manchester Police cold case team’ but didn’t let them gain access to the cases.

When contacted by the BBC, Mr Makin declined to comment.

Undated handout file photo of Keith Bennett. Credit: PA
Undated handout file photo of Keith Bennett. Credit: PA

Alongside their family lawyer, Alan has continued to search the moors for clues as to Keith’s final resting place.

Prior to Brady’s death, the family’s solicitor John Ainley asked the killer to show some compassion and finally pinpoint the grave.

As reported in theSun, he told Brady: “Now that half a century is nigh, it’s time for you to end the hurt, misery and speculation and do the honourable by revealing Keith’s final resting place.

Keith Bennett's mum, Winnie Johnson, died in 2012 without ever knowing the truth. Credit: PA
Keith Bennett’s mum, Winnie Johnson, died in 2012 without ever knowing the truth. Credit: PA

“He is the only one of your five victims still buried on the Moors so you should do the honourable thing by telling us the truth about his fate and last moments.

“By your own admission you are ill and don’t have much time left to live, so surely it would be a humane gesture on your part to finally reveal the truth.

“Please God, you won’t take the secret to your own grave. You have spent 50 years in jails and psychiatric hospitals so what have you got to lose by being upfront with us?”

Brady and Hindley were jailed for life after being found guilty of three murders in 1966, and later admitted to two more.

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Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women’s magazines.

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