Inside Ian Brady’s private photo album: Never-before-seen pictures taken by Moors Murderer include snaps of his and Myra Hindley’s mothers… and chilling images of children taken from the killers’ van
- Ian Brady and Myra Hindley took photos and made recordings during their horrific murder spree in the 1960s
- Now photos have emerged taken by Brady in the lead-up to the murders, showing him as a younger man
- Sinister pictures of schoolchildren were taken from the van the couple used during their terrible crimes
Chilling photos have emerged which were taken by child killer Ian Brady as he plotted his sickening crimes.
The Moors Murderer and his lover Myra Hindley meticulously planned their killings in a bid to evade detection, and documented every step with photos and recordings.
Pictures seized by the police and released for the first time today include some understood to have been taken by Brady from the back of the van the pair used to abduct at least one of their child victims.
Newly-released photos show a young Ian Brady as he practiced the camera skills which he would use during the sickening series of murders he carried out with lover Myra Hindley in the 1960s
Sinister photos taken from the window of Brady’s van show him photographing children at a local school in Manchester
Pictures taken from the van also show a boy’s football match at the school. Three of Brady and Hindley’s victims were boys
Other pictures, which may have been taken by Hindley, show Hindley’s mother Nellie and her sister Maureen. It is understood Hindley’s last words were of her mother when she died in jail in 2002
Brady took photos throughout his murder spree, even picturing Hindley crouching over the grave of young John Kilbride on Saddleworth Moor.
Some of the latest pictures to emerge were taken through the window of his van and show children at Manchester’s Ryder Brow Secondary Modern – the school Hindley attended.
The van was the same used in the abduction of Pauline Reade, the couple’s first victim who was raped and murdered on Saddleworth Moor in July 1963.
Dr Alan Keightley, who visited Brady in prison, wrote that Hindley and Brady took a lot of time planning their killings.
Dr Keightley wrote: ‘They began by scribbling down their thoughts on paper and then devising a detailed plan of the carnage ahead. On 30 pages of foolscap they drew up a meticulous ‘master list’ of dos and don’ts.
‘”The first principle,” Brady explained to me, “was that there must be no thread connecting our starting point with our destination, and vice versa”. They would systematically erase all finger prints, tyre prints or anything else that might implicate them in the killings.’
The photos also show Brady’s mother, Margaret Stewart, who originally put him up for adoption before he later moved in with her in Manchester. He took the surname of his mother’s new partner, Irishman Patrick Brady
It is unclear exactly when the photos were taken but they were seized by police officers investigating the moors murders
Another of Brady’s photos, taken when he was still living with his mother in Manchester, shows the family dog on a piano
Dr Keightley added: ‘The plan was that if he saw Myra Hindley’s black van still parked at any of several pre-arranged places, then it meant that she had failed to grab a victim.’
The photos are believed to have been developed the images using darkroom equipment Brady had in the upstairs bathroom of his home on Westmoreland Street, Greater Manchester.
The collection also contains images of Brady standing in his house wearing suit trousers, a dark cardigan and tie.
Others believed to be taken by Brady as he practised his photo-taking skills show a dog, a cat and Brady’s mother Peggy Stewart at the home they shared.
Brady was sent to live with his mother and her new partner after repeated court appearances in his home city of Glasgow
The pictures were taken by Brady as he practiced the photography he would use as he and Hindley carried out the murders
Among the most infamous of the pair’s pictures was this one of Hindley crouching over the grave of one of their victims
Brady and Hindley were jailed for life for the killings of John Kilbride, 12, 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans, 17.
They went on to admit the murders of Pauline Reade, 16, and 12-year-old Keith Bennett.
Brady died at Ashworth secure hospital on Monday and his body was yesterday released by a coroner for cremation.
How Brady’s five victims were snatched from markets and fairs before being murdered in the most brutal ways
- Pauline Reade, 16, was the couple’s first victim. She was on her way to a local dance when Hindley persuaded her to get in her car. They drove Pauline to Saddleworth Moor where she was raped Pauline, beaten and stabbed.
- John Kilbride, 12, was snatched from Ashton market on Saturday November 23, 1963. He was strangled and buried in a shallow grave. He was the second of Brady and Hindley’s five victims.
- Keith Bennett, 12, disappeared on the way to his grandmother’s house. Hindley had lured him into her car and driven him to the Moors where he was murdered. The method of killing has never been made clear. The pair buried his body which has never been found.
- Lesley Ann Downey, 10, disappeared on Boxing Day. She had been snatched from the fair and taken back to Hindley’s house. She was brutally assaulted with the ordeal captured on tape.
- Edward Evans, 17, was the sick duo’s final victim. He had just been to see Manchester United play when Brady lured in Edward. Brady repeatedly bludgeoned Evans with an axe
John Kilbride, 12, (left) and 16-year-old Pauline Reade (right) were killed by the pair and their bodies were later located in the North West
Lesley Ann Downey (right) was killed when she was just ten, while Edward Evans (left) was 17 when he was murdered by the pair