Sifting through the nihilism of a killer’s mind

CRIME: Ian Brady: The Untold Story of the Moors Murders, By Dr Alan Keightley, Robson Books, €11.50

Policemen search for the unrecovered bodies of Ian Brady’s and Myra Hindley’s young victims on Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester in the 1960s Pic: PA

Most of a certain generation are familiar with the chilling Moors Murders, which saw five children slaughtered in cold blood by the sadistic Ian Brady and Myra Hindley between 1963 and 1965.

The victims – and it is vitally important to namecheck them individually – were Pauline Reade (16), John Kilbride (12), Keith Bennett (12), Lesley Ann Downey (10) and Edward Evans (17). It is crucial, out of sheer decency, that they be ...