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Apr 1, 2017

(A recap of part two)

Brady and Hindley continued their killing spree, murdering Keith Bennett on the 16th of June 1964, seven months after the murder of John Kilbride. Two months later Hindley’s sister Maureen married David Smith. Brady and Hindley had virtually nothing to do with David and Maureen before their marriage, and Hindley, in particular, didn’t approve.

But after the marriage, they became close.

Brady and Hindley murdered Lesley Ann Downey on the 26th of December 1964, Brady tape recorded some of what happened and took photographs.

After the death of David and Maureen’s child, Angela Dawn.
Brady became even closer to David. Slowly trying to manipulate him and bring him into his inner sanctum. He gave David the same books to read that he had given Hindley and started talking about murder, and how there was nothing wrong with taking a life.

On the 6th of October 1965, Brady met Edward Evans at Manchester Central Railway Station. He invited him to his and Hindley’s house at 16 Wardle Brook Avenue, Hattersley for drinks. When they got there, he instructed Hindley to go and get David to join them.

When David got to the house, he witnessed Brady murder Edward with an axe. After months of moulding David, this was his attempt to try and get David to join him in murder.

David helped clean up, and told Brady and Hindley what they wanted to hear. But it all blew up in Brady’s face when David called the police, and they found Edward’s body still in the house.
Brady was charged with his murder and Hindley was charged with being an accessory to Edward’s murder.

In his interviews with police, David Smith said Brady had told him about other murders he had committed. Although David didn’t believe him at the time, he said Brady specifically mentioned taking people from Manchester and burying them on the Moors.

Police started searching through missing person files, and the cases of Pauline Reade, Keith Bennet, Lesley Ann Downey and John Kilbride jumped out at them.

Detective Joseph Mounsey noticed some odd looking photographs in the albums of Brady and Hindley. They were photos of mostly dirt he believed were taken on the Moors.

A gut instinct led officer Robert Spiers to search up on a hill after the search had already been called off for the day. He found the body of Lesley Ann Downey.

Police had also found the suitcases Brady kept with the incriminating material. They found photo’s of Lesley and the tape.

They were getting ready to re-interview Brady and Hindley about Lesley Ann Downey…



Researched and written by Victoria Dieffenbacher



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