Why Moors murderer Ian Brady never revealed location of his last victim Keith Bennett

Killer Ian Brady had kept his locked briefcases guarded until his death in 2017, after which they were passed on to his solicitor

Why Moors murderer Ian Brady never revealed location of his last victim Keith Bennett
Celebrated crime-fiction author Howard Linskey believes Ian Brady's locked briefcase won't reveal much about victim's hidden location (Howard Linskey, Evening Standard/Getty Images)
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YORKSHIRE, UK: If crime-fiction author Howard Linskey is to be believed, there’s little hope of finding the location of Keith Bennett's body even after "Ian Brady’s locked briefcase could be opened." Brady along with his partner Myra Hindley had kidnapped Bennett 58 years ago, in a series of abductions in the 1960s. Recently, the police found a skull, which local authorities claim to be of Keith Bennett.

Reflecting more on this latest development and why Brady never revealed where he hid the body of his last victim before being arrested, Linskey says, "Brady kept the resting place of his last victim secret in a final ‘game’ with his family as it was ‘all he had left.'"

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During the investigations, it was then claimed that the pair had kidnapped at least five children, during those years leaving the entire country horrified. Though the search for Keith’s body went on for decades, and just now the skull has been unearthed on the Saddleworth Moors. On Thursday, September 29, the forensic anthropologists from Greater Manchester Police were closely examining potential samples of body tissues taken from the area.

With mounting public pressure on the Keith Bennett case, many believed that Brady’s locked briefcases could be opened to investigators if home secretary Priti Patel can pass a new bill through parliament. The killer Brady had kept them guarded against Ashworth secure hospital, Liverpool, until his death in the year 2017, after which they were passed on to his solicitor. 

However, the celebrated crime-fiction author has a different take on this, "I suspect that they do not contain the whereabouts of the body that has not yet been found because I don’t think he’d be able to recall it frankly."

"I don’t think there will be anything new in them but I certainly think they should be opened because you never know," Linskey added. On what stopped the killer from telling where the victim’s body was after his conviction, Linksey thinks, "He was not the kind of person who would voluntarily have ever given up anything like the location of the body because that’s all he had left.”

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The ‘Don’t Let Him In’ writer went on, "That was his only bargaining chip, his only collateral if you like. Once everybody knew where the bodies were and discovered them all there would be no real reason to give him any more attention. That’s to an extent what he craved. He didn’t really have anything else, he was a fairly sad individual.”

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