Ian Brady burial shrouded in mystery, inquest told

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Ian Brady burial shrouded in mystery, inquest told

The coroner's court heard the serial killer, also known as Ian Stewart-Brady, had asked for locked briefcases to be removed from his room at Ashworth High Secure Hospital hours before his death at 6.02pm.

Brady and Hindley killed five children between 1963 to 1965, snatching the youngsters off the street before sexually assaulting them and burying many of their bodies on Saddleworth Moor in the south Pennines.

He died of natural causes unaffected by the hunger strikes, senior coroner Christopher Sumner ruled.

An earlier hearing was told how the evil child killer died of cor pulmonale - a form of heart failure, secondary to bronchopneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or lung disease.

There had been hopes that documents would be found to reveal the whereabouts of 12-year-old Keith Bennett, whose body has never been found. But while he'd been telling the world he was on hunger strike - Brady was lying.

The victims - Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans - were aged between 10 and 17. The boy's mother Winnie Johnson, who died in 2012, had repeatedly pleaded for Brady to do so.

During the hearing, pathologist Dr Brian Rodgers also revealed that Brady's body was in a "fairly good condition", but no reference was made to the final decision taken with his remains after being released to lawyer, Robin Makin, on May 18.

Brady died at Ashworth High Security Hospital on Merseyside - a place that was his home for 32 years.

The killer had "serially pursued" a move from Ashworth Hospital to prison - without success at various mental health tribunals - and had talked about committing suicide, the inquest heard.

His request was rejected after Ashworth medical experts said he had chronic mental illness and needed continued care in hospital.

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