Moors Murder cops WIDEN search for 12-year-old victim as dig enters 6th day

10/5/2022 10:19:00 PM

Moors Murder police widen search for Keith Bennett's remains as dig enters sixth day

Moors Murder police widen search for Keith Bennett's remains as dig enters sixth day

MOORS Murder police officers have widened a search for victim Keith Bennett as it entered its sixth day. A third blue tent has been put up and forensic officers were still combing the landscape tod…

Lesley Ann Downey, 10 Edward Evans, 17 The reign of terror came to an end in 1965 when Brady invited Hindley's brother-in-law and friend, David Smith, round to their home.Officers have been searching for the body of Keith Benett since last week (Picture: SWNS) Police have said no ‘bones’ or ‘visible evidence’ have been found in the search for Archaeloogists have been excavating the scence in the Peak District after an author claimed to have located the 12-year-old’s makeshift grave.PA Media Image caption, Keith Bennett, who was killed in 1964, is the only victim whose remains were not found Image source, PA Media Image caption, Officers and forensic experts were now continuing a "controlled excavation" of the surrounding area, police said Det Ch Insp Cheryl Hughes said forensic archaeologists and forensic anthropologists had "completed a methodical archaeological excavation and examination of the area previously dug and refilled by the member of the public".No further action is being taken against him.

The monster then murdered Edward Evans - striking him fourteen times with a hatchet before finishing the job by strangling him - while Smith looked on in horror.Under the pretence of helping them hide the body, Smith left and phoned the police next morning and directed them to Brady's address.However digging will continue in the wider area of Saddleworth Moor in the Peak District, and soil samples have been taken for analysis, cops said.On October 7, 1965, Superintendent Bob Talbot of the Cheshire Police arrived at the back door of 16 Wardle Brook Avenue and arrested the killer after discovering Edward's body."Further soil samples have been taken for analysis, but at this time, there is no visible evidence to suggest the presence of human remains," she said.Over the course of the next few weeks, officers unearthed more evidence linking the couple to unsolved disappearances.Last month, the reported that author Russell Edwards believed he had located the youngster’s grave on Saddleworth Moor.A huge search operation involving 150 officers was launched and on October 16, they found an arm bone sticking out of the ground belonging to Lesley Ann.‘The authority to charge follows a detailed investigation by the Avon and Somerset Major Crime Investigation Team, which has been supported by the CPS Complex Casework Unit.

They discovered the badly decomposed body of Kilbride five days later.Detective Chief Inspector Cheryl Hughes said: ‘Forensic archaeologists and forensic anthropologists have now completed a methodical archaeological excavation and examination of the area previously dug and refilled by the member of the public.Media caption, Daniel Sandford looks back at the revulsion caused by Brady's crimes Keith went missing while on his way to see his grandmother in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester on 16 June 1964.On June 30, 1987, the body of Pauline Reade was found buried 3 feet below the ground after Brady finally admitted to her murder.“Naturally, the family are hoping that Keith has been found after all these years and their tireless efforts to find closure.‘These accredited and certified forensic experts are now continuing with a methodical and controlled excavation of the area immediately surrounding the original site to provide a higher level of assurance of the presence or absence of any items of interest.“I understand Greater Manchester Police are investigating a site of interest but that it will take some weeks to establish whether there is a connection with Keith.Brady, who was born in Glasgow but later moved to Manchester, was jailed in 1966 for the murders of John Kilbride, aged 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17.” Glasgow-born Brady was sent to to live with his mum and new husband, Patrick Brady, after being raised by foster parents.‘The scene examination is ongoing.

He became obsessed with Nazis, sadism and sexual perversion before meeting Hindley at work.He impressed her reading Hitler’s Mein Kampf to her in German and the sick pair became inseparable.’ Detective Hughes said that GMP is keeping Keith’s family updated at each stage of the search.Lesley Ann was the first victim to be found on Saddleworth Moor, after police received a tip-off from one of Brady's neighbours, and subsequent searches of the area unearthed the remains of Pauline and John.From July, 1963 to December, 1964 three of — Pauline Reade, 16, John Kilbride, 12, and young Keith were reported missing.Lesley Ann Downey, ten, then vanished in December 1964.At this point, Brady and Hindley became intent on recruiting Hindley’s brother-in-law, David Smith.

On October 6, 1965, Brady killed fifth and final victim Edward Evans, 17, in front of Mr Smith, hitting him 14 times with a hatchet before strangling him.Horrified Smith called police the next day.In his statement to cops, he described the teenager’s killing.He said: “Ian was standing over him, facing him, with his legs on either side of the young lad’s legs.The lad was still screaming.

Ian had a hatchet in his hand.He was holding it above his head and he hit the lad on the left side of his head.9 Keith's mum Winnie died without ever finding her son 9 Sick Brady never revealed where he buried the body “I heard the blow, it was a terrible hard blow, it sounded horrible.” Supt Bob Talbot of Cheshire Police was the first officer to call at Brady’s home.He met Hindley at the door and she and her lover allowed the police to look around.

The spare bedroom door was locked.Brady told Hindley to hand over the key.When the door was opened Edward’s corpse was found, wrapped in plastic sheeting.The murder weapon was also found, along with Brady’s collection of books on perversion and sadism.After his arrest he admitted that he had fought with Edward but insisted Smith had helped him.

A few days later, police found tickets for two suitcases at ­Manchester Central Railway Station at Brady’s flat.Inside one were pictures of Lesley Ann naked with a scarf tied around her mouth and tapes of her pleading for her life.Snapshots of Saddleworth Moor were also discovered.An exercise book with John Kilbride’s name scribbled in it led police to believe Brady and Hindley were involved in the unsolved disappearances.A huge search operation involving 150 officers was launched and on October 16 they found an arm bone.

It belonged to Lesley Ann.Five days later they discovered the body of John Kilbride.In May 1966, Brady and Hindley were convicted of killing Edward Evans and Lesley Ann.Brady was also convicted of killing John Kilbride, while Hindley was convicted as an accessory after the fact.Mr Justice Atkinson described the murders as “truly horrible” and Brady as “wicked beyond belief”.

Brady got concurrent life terms on each count, while Hindley received two life terms plus seven years in the Kilbride case.In 1985, Brady was transferred from prison to high security Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside.He later admitted murdering Keith and Pauline, whose remains were found after 100 days of searching on June 30, 1987.He died at Ashworth in 2017.Hindley died in jail in 2002.

9 Police search the Moor in 1968 Credit: PA:Press Association Officers previously trawl the area for clues 9 From left, victims John Kilbride, 12, 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey Edward Evans, 17, Pauline Reade, 16, and 12-year-old Keith Bennett Credit: PA:Press Association SLEUTH'S QUEST FOR GRIM FINDINGS By Scarlet Howes AMATEUR sleuth Russell Edwards became obsessed with cracking cold cases after visiting Saddleworth Moor 35 years ago.The property developer, whose first job was selling teddies, was moved when he read a 1987 newspaper article appealing for volunteers to help find twisted Brady and Hindley’s first victim, Pauline Reade.The 58-year-old claims to have also “nailed 100 per cent” the identity of Jack the Ripper.Russell’s fascination with the serial killer began after watching the Johnny Depp Ripper hit From Hell — about a police detective trying to solve the case.He spent years researching the East End murders until a shawl he bought at auction “changed his life” forever.

In 2015 he published a book identifying Polish-born Aaron Kosminski as Jack the Ripper based on DNA extracted from the garment said to be found on one of his victims.Later that year he set his sights on finding Keith Bennett.He said: “It has been a lifelong obsession for me with big unsolved cases.I started delving into the story, what Brady’s fascinations were.“You have got to live the story, sort of walk in their shoes to consider why the fascination with this area? What is so special about this area? It gave me the first clue.

” The dad of two, who grew up in Birkenhead on Merseyside, now lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and children, and is also a psychotherapist.He told his 4,600 friends on Facebook yesterday: “Breaking news.It’s been a sincere honour to find Keith Bennett.” SWASTIKA SCHEME MOORS murderer Ian Brady may have been aiming to create a ­swastika with victims’ burial sites, it has been claimed.Russell Edwards, who spent seven years researching the killings, says evil Brady positioned remains of female victims on one side of the A635 and boys on the other to form a sick Nazi symbol.

He said: “The significance of the road is it looks like part of the swastika.It is his version of a ­swastika although he never got to finish it.There is half a zig-zag in the road and I thought it was significant to him.” Police were using the theory to help find the last victim’s body.It adds to existing evidence that Brady, who died aged 79, had a life-long fascination with the Third Reich.

He even used Hitler’s speeches to help him learn German during his imprisonment in Ashworth.A welfare officer said: “He spoke of his interest in the German language then Hitler’s use of oratory and referred to his recordings of these, giving a bleak, cracked grin.” Topics.

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