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Ian Brady


(Ian Duncan Stewart)

1938 -

'Moors Murderer'. Born Ian Stewart in Glasgow, to an unmarried waitress. He was raised in Pollok and educated at Shawlands Academy, where he was noted for his bad behaviour. He left school at 15 to work in a shipyard in Govan, and went on to series of short-term jobs interspersed with court appearances. He moved to Manchester in 1954.

Brady, together with his lover Myra Hindley, lured children to their Manchester home before cruelly torturing and murdering them. The 1966 trial shocked the nation as the court heard of the evil deeds which the pair had recorded in photographs and on tape. They buried the bodies of their victims on Saddleworth Moor in the English Pennines. Such is the strength of public opinion that even 30 years later the Home Secretary refused to relax the life sentences imposed on Brady and Hindley.

Brady hit the headlines again in 2001 when his book, written in prison and titled The Gates of Janus: Serial Killing and its Analysis, was banned by the British government.


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