[Part 2 of 3]
(A recap of Part 1)
Ian Brady and Myra Hindley met while working together at Millwards Merchandising company. They committed the murder of 16-year-old Pauline Reade on the 12th of July 1963. Four months later the 23rd of November 1963 they murdered 12-year-old John Kilbride.
They drove both victims to Saddleworth Moor, where they killed them and buried them. Police were investigating both disappearances, and there was a large amount of media interest in both, but the two cases had not been linked. The families of Pauline and John were doing everything they could to find them. Organising their own searches and door knocks.
Brady and Hindley visited the Moor often, on what they called reconnaissance trips. They had started taking what they called souvenirs, photographs of themselves standing on the graves, which were put into albums. To everyone else, the photos blended in with other pictures of holidays and family gatherings. Only Brady and Hindley knew the secret.
Shortly After Pauline Reade's murder, Brady bought Hindley a record. The theme song to “The Legion’s Last Patrol” by Ken Thorne and his orchestra. The morning of John Kilbride’s murder Brady bought her the record, “24 hours from Tulsa” by Gene Pitney. Brady called these anniversary gifts. For the anniversary of their perfect crimes. If either of them hummed the songs, it would be a private reference to the murders.
It was now the 16th of June 1964. Seven months after the murder of John Kilbride. Brady had told Hindley he was ready to do another one. And he gave her another anniversary gift. “It’s over”, by Roy Orbison.
Researched and written by Victoria Dieffenbacher
– 'Flatline intro' and 'Come play with me' intro and outro
(Warning: Contains spoilers)
– “One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley” by Carol Ann Lee
– “Evil Revelations: The Man Who Witnessed The Moors Murders” by David Smith and Carol Ann Lee
– “The Moors Murders Code” (2004)
– “Myra Hindley: Making of a Monster” (2003)
– Moors serial killer Ian Brady sent sick fan down memory lane in a guided tour – Daily Star Sunday
– How one schoolboy nearly became the sixth victim of the Moors Murderers – Manchester Evening News
– Moors murderer Ian Brady says he is dying – The Telegraph
– David Smith – The Telegraph