The Moors Murder Code

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There have been hundreds, possibly thousands, of convicted serial killers in the 20th and 21st century, few have reached the same level of infamy as Ian Brady and Myra Hindley the couple who carried out the ‘Moors Murders’ in England between July 1963 and October 1965. All five of their known victims were children aged between 10 and 17. The murders are known as the ‘Moors Murders’ because the bodies of three of the victims were found buried on Saddleworth Moor in Northern England, a fourth body – that of Keith Bennett – remains undiscovered but is also believed to be buried on the moor.

The couple were initially believed to have been responsible for three murders before Ian Brady confessed in 1985 to killing two other children, Keith Bennett and Pauline Reade. The police have undertaken several searches in an attempt to locate the body of Bennett without success, the latest after having studied various photographs taken by Brady and Hindley in conjunction with advanced US equipment which identifies areas of land which may have been disturbed.

The Moors Murder Code is a 2004 documentary about some of the photos that Hindley and Brady had taken, the documentary maker Duncan Staff was handed over 200 of them which had been owned and possessed by Hindley up until the point of her death. He was also handed a huge 150,000 word self-penned unpublished autobiography which Hindley had written in prison. In the autobiography Hindley had claimed that the pair used photographs to mark the locations of the victims graves. It is likely that one or more of the photographs mark the location of Bennett’s grave.

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