Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Saddleworth Moor.

The death of Ian Brady has brought back several memories from my youth..
One of my early boy friends was a policeman who had worked on the case....
It shook the entire community when it was revealed that one of the bodies had not been found.
From our homes in many of the northern towns the distant hills and moorland were clearly visible...
I lived in Bury but worked at a school in Rochdale. One of the routes between the two took me past one of the places which had been examined several times.
Every so often my boy friend was part of a group of policeman who searched the moorland fairly regularly...
Gradually the poor dead children were found...but one....
Every time remains were found we were all aware of what was going on up on Saddleworth moor.
It was shocking and as a community we all felt somehow involved..
One of my favourite walks took me up into the hills but it became a place to avoid...
Moving away to live in North Wales the whole subject got less intrusive...but we all wished for the sake of the parents of the poor children that all the bodies could be finally identified...
But keeping one name back I think for him was his last act of violence and defiance. He knew how much the parents of Keith Bennet wished to give their child a Christian burial so for him it was a last triumph to keep them wanting.
His death now hopefully brings much needed peace for everyone involved...and the entire community needs that...it was not good to know that such wickedness existed in our community...
Rest in peace all those whose lives were touched by this appalling crime..



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2 comments:

  1. I am not in favour of the death penalty. There have been too many occasions when an innocent person has become the victim of a miscarriage of justice that cannot be reversed or compensated for in any way.

    However, in the cases of Hindley and Brady they have survived far too long. I for one am pleased that they are now both dead.

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  2. If Ian Brady had been hanged, the full confession made by him and Myra Hindley in the 1980's would never have been obtained, and the Bennett family, would have been deprived of any hope of finding Keith's body. Brady might have been mentally ill, but this manipulative conduct demonstrated how rational he really was.

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