A Nation holding its shovel

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Truth Serum.”

“The Moors Murders” – carried out by Ian Brady and his girlfriend Myra Hindley. Five children aged 10 to 17, murdered in and around the town of Saddleworth, Lancashire, three of them buried on the moors.

I have a recollection of the trial itself – I was a 60s child growing up in Lancashire. For me, its both a local story and a national tragedy.

A  crime Britain would never forget, a crime its people would never forgive. Jailed in 1966, the perpetrators could never be released – we, a Nation, would never allow it.

Hindley died in jail in 2002. Brady remains in his cell to this day.

The killings began in 1963 and ended in October 1965 when, after a tip-off, Police discovered the body of Edward Evans in an apartment at 16 Wardle Brook Avenue. Soon after the bodies of John Kilbride and Lesley Anne Downey were discovered in graves on Saddleworth Moor.

Brady and Hindley denied their crimes, instead putting the blame on someone else.

In 1985 the pair finally admitted to five murders in total. The body of Pauline Read was discovered on the moors. Sadly the remains Keith Bennett remain somewhere ….. waiting to be recovered.

If I was in possession of a vial of truth serum, I would give it to Brady before he dies. After all, he claims to be cooperative, so he would be only too willing to oblige?

I don’t wish to know why. I don’t wish to know what he got from it. I would have one question – “where is the body of Keith Bennett?”

2015 would come too late for Winnie Bennett. She died in 2012 … broken. She never what for. She never knew why. She never got what she longed for … to bury her boy.

But we could. We could bring closure on her behalf.

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