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Hindley, Myra

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Born: 1942 AD
Died: 2002 AD, at 60 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Murderer

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1942 – She was born on the 23rd day of July this year in Crumpsall, Manchester, and raised by her grandmother Ellen Maybury. She had an IQ of 107 and failed her eleven-plus exam. She attended Ryder Brow Secondary Modern School where she was in the top streams despite poor attendance.

1957 - At 15, she had a momentous tragedy in her life. Her close friend Michael Higgins, 13, drowned in a reservoir. She left school in the same year.

 

1961 – She started work as a typist for a chemical firm called Millward. It was there that she met Ian Brady, a Scottish-born man four years her senior.

 

1963 – The couple claimed their first victim. 16-year-old Pauline Reade was enticed into Hindley's minivan while Brady followed behind on his motorcycle. On the 23rd of November,  Hindley lured 12-year-old John Kilbride into her car from a market place in Ashton-under-Lyne, and drove him to Saddleworth Moor.

 

1964 - Their third victim was another 12-year-old boy, Keith Bennett, whom they enticed from a street in Longsight and drove to Saddleworth Moor. Hindley stood and watched from the top of an embankment while Brady sexually assaulted Keith in a ravine before strangling him to death with a piece of string and burying his body.

 

1965 – After their fourth victim Lesley Ann Downey, the couple claimed their fifth and final victim, 17-year-old Edward Evans. They enticed him from Manchester Central railway station to their house in Hattersley, where Hindley's 18-year-old brother-in-law David Smith was visiting. Brady then crept up on Edward in the living room and smashed his head in with an axe.

1966 – The trial began at Chester Assizes. Prosecuting counsel was Sir Elwyn Jones. It ended on  the 6th of May. Brady was convicted on all three-murder charges. He was sentenced to three concurrent terms of life imprisonment.

 

1972 - Hindley was sent to Holloway prison. In May of this year, Hindley broke off all contact with Brady, as she realized she would never see him again to increase her chances of parole.

 

1986 – It was more than 20 years after the crimes, Brady and Hindley confessed to the murders of Pauline Reade and Keith Bennett. It is thought that the initiative came from Brady. Shortly after, they returned to the moors, under heavy guard, to help police look for the dead children's burial places.

 

1997 – This year, in November 1998, and in March 2000, she made appeals to the House of Lords to be released, claiming that she was no longer a danger to the public and that she had been acting under Brady's influence.

 

2002 - At the age of 60, Hindley died in West Suffolk Hospital after a heart attack. She had spent 37 years in custody. During that time, she had gained an Open University degree and claimed to have returned to her religious cradle Roman Catholicism with great faith.


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