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The 1960s Moors Murders case explained in pictures
25 June 2013
Last updated at 11:45 BST
As serial killer Ian Brady speaks in public for the first time in 47 years, take a look back at the case from the 1960s.
The Moors Murderer Ian Brady has spoken in public for the first time in 47 years. He is appearing at a tribunal to argue that he should be allowed to return to prison from a secure psychiatric hospital. Brady, now 75, tortured and murdered five children aged between 10 and 17, along with his accomplice Myra Hindley.
Ian Brady has been on hunger strike for several years and wants to be transferred to a Scottish prison, where there is no precedent for force feeding prisoners. His last public appearance came in 1966, when he appeared in court to deny murder. Brady and Myra Hindley were jailed for life after killing five children.
Ian Brady and Myra Hindley hid bodies on Saddleworth Moor near Oldham. The couple often spent days out on the moor, picnicking and taking photographs of each other.
They were caught when Myra Hindley's brother-in-law David Smith witnessed the death of 17-year-old Edward Evans in the front room of the couple's home in Hattersley. He contacted police and they were arrested.
Keith Bennett's mother Winnie Johnson died aged 78 in August 2012. Her son was abducted on his way to visit his grandmother in Manchester on 16 June 1964. Winnie tried to get Ian Brady to reveal where he buried her son for years.
Keith Bennett's body, however, has never been found. In 2012 Ian Brady's mental health advocate said he once gave her a sealed envelope to pass to the boy's mother in the event of his death. The letter was never found. It's not known if it ever existed or contained information about where Keith Bennett was buried.
After the bodies of 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey and John Kilbride, 12, were recovered from the moor, Brady and Hindley went on trial. They pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Ian Brady and Myra Hindley were convicted of murdering Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans, while Brady was also convicted of the murder of John Kilbride. They both received life sentences.
Edward Evans, Pauline Reade and John Kilbride (pictured) were all killed, as well as Keith Bennett and Lesley Ann Downey. Hindley said in a BBC documentary in 2000 that she wished she had been hanged for her crimes. She died in hospital in 2002.
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