May 16 (UPI) — British serial killer Ian Brady, involved in the murders of five children, has died in prison hospital at 79, a National Health Service spokesman said.
The so-called “Moors Murderer” and his then-girlfriend, Myra Hindley, were convicted of three murders in 1966. He later admitted to two more murders in the 1980s.
Their five victims were each between 10 and 17 years old when they were kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered. Three were found buried in northwest England’s Saddleworth Moor, a rocky and remote bog area near the city of Manchester. The body of one, Keith Bennet, 12, has never been found.
Brady, who regularly wrote to journalists during his incarceration, revealed in December that he had a lung and chest illness. He was receiving palliative care from cancer nurses at Ashworth, a high-security psychiatric hospital in the Liverpool area, when his death Monday was announced.
Hindley died in prison in 2002.
Brady was transferred to the psychiatric hospital in 1985 after he was diagnosed as psychopathic. He said he went on frequent hunger strikes and in letters to journalists, expressed an interest in dying.
Terry Kilbride, whose brother John was 12 when he was killed, said Brady’s death was a relief but could not take away the family’s pain.
“It needs celebrating, getting rid of him, like we did when Hindley died. We had a good drink,” Kilbride told Sky News.