Moors Murders viewers call Ian Brady and Myra Hindley 'sick monsters

Moors Murders viewers feel ‘sickened’ as CGI ‘brings to life’ notorious mugshots of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley – and confess learning the ‘twisted monsters’ had recordings of a girl being tortured left them ‘chilled’

  • Channel 4 documentary Moors Murders left viewers horrified last night 
  • Viewers branded Ian Brady and Myra Hindley ‘sick and twisted monsters’  
  • Saw famous mugshots of the serial killers animated with CGI to show them move
  • Meanwhile a journalist described how police found a tape of child being tortured
  • One commented: ‘The thing that chilled me most was the recordings they had’

Moors Murders viewers were left feeling ‘sickened’ as new technology ‘brought to life’ the notorious mugshots of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley last night. 

The Channel 4 documentary, which aired last night, gave viewers an in-depth view of the murders which took place near Manchester between 1963 and 1965.

The couple’s first killing came in July 1963 when they slaughtered 16-year-old Pauline Reade before going on to murder four more children. 

Hindley was jailed for three murders in 1966 along with her lover Ian Brady. They later confessed to another two murders before she died aged 60 in prison in 2002. 

In the documentary, journalist Clive Entwistle described how police arrested Hindley after discovering a suitcase which contained a tape recording of a child being tortured with her voice in the background. 

Many were left feeling horrified from the outset of the programme, with one writing: ‘The thing that chilled me most was the recordings they had. That poor lassie calling out for her mother and getting the brutal death she faced.

Viewers branded Ian Brady and Myra Hindley ‘sick and twisted monsters’ after watching Channel 4’s Moors Murders: The Witness last night

‘All because she was alone, innocent and vulnerable to them.’

Another added: ‘The tape recording has to be one of the most horrifying bits of evidence in British history, poor girl.’ 

The documentary also used CGI technology to make the couple’s notorious mugshots of the killers blink and move – which many viewers found disturbing. 

One commented: ‘Those animated mug shots with the blinking eyes are freaky.’

Many were left feeling horrified from the outset of the programme, with some saying the moving mugshots of the pair had given them chills 

Another wrote: ‘I actually hate those moving mugshots…scum of the earth, making my blood boil.’  

Passages from Hindley’s unpublished diaries and biographies read out in the documentary offered a glimpse of the couple’s all-encompassing relationship.

The pair met when 18-year-old Hindley began working as Brady’s secretary at Millward’s Merchandise.

She recorded her instant attraction, saying: ‘Ian wore a black shirt and looked smashing, I took him home and he was so gentle.’

Moors murderer Myra Hindley, right, pair met when she began working as Brady’s secretary at Millward’s Merchandise (pictured) 

Meanwhile Clive described her as ‘smitten’, saying: ‘When Brady did take an interest in her, she was determined to please him. So slowly but surely, Brady cultivated her and cajoled her into his world.

‘She was quite happy to do that because she loved and wanted and needed him.’

In a separate diary entry, she said: ‘He’s a crude, uncouth pig. He’s cruel and selfish and I love him. 

‘I hope Ian and I love each other all our lives and get married and are happy ever after.’

In her memoir she wrote: ‘At the age of 18 I met a man who convinced me there was no God at all. He could have told me the Earth was flat, that the sun rose in the west, that the moon was made of green cheese and I would have believed him, such were his powers of persuasion. I believed him because I thought I loved him.

The couple were caught after Hindley’s sister Maureen and her husband turned them in to the police (pictured, Maureen with Brady and Hindley)  

‘He became my God, my idol, my object of worship and I worshipped him blindly – more blindly than the congenital blind – for many years.’

Myra Hindley’s death-bed claims against Ian Brady 

Myra Hindley claimed Ian Brady tried to strangle her following the murder of Pauline Reade. 

She also said Brady beat her with a broom handle.

The killer accused Brady of rape and urinating on her. 

She said he also pointed a gun at her and pulled the trigger while cleaning the weapon

She claimed she was afraid of Brady but was emotionally obsessed with the killer

Elsewhere in the documentary, an interview recorded in 2003 with witness David Smith described how he watched the couple kill Edward Evans with an axe in 1975. 

David was just 17 and married to Hindley’s 19-year-old sister Maureen when he witnessed Brady battering Edward to death with an axe.  

He said: ‘I was in bed late in the evening and the bell rings. I get out of bed, and there was Hindley.’ 

He said: ‘Maureen gets up, thinking it’s an emergency, but there’s not, everything is fine.’

He described how Myra asked him to walk her back home, before taking him into the kitchen.

He said; ‘All of the sudden, there’s screaming, there’s swearing, there’s banging around. She screams ‘Dave, Dave help him!’

‘I go running into the living room and Brady has this lad, whacking him and hitting him with an axe.

‘It’s very violent. Very, very violent.’ 

The victim was 17-year-old Edward Evans, and very little is known about him. He was picked up at Manchester station and lured to Myra’s home.

He said: ‘The lad is on the floor, Brady is still hitting him. I think he received 14 blows. He then strangles him. He’s swearing at him, calling him filthy names and then it’s over and he stops.’

He was there when the teenager took his final agonising intake of air. Terrified that he would be next, he felt forced to help Brady and Hindley clean up the nauseating mess.

He explained: ‘I am there, Hindley is there. Brady is there. Everything has to be normal. I emphasise this otherwise I don’t walk out of this house. 

David was just 17 and married to Hindley’s 19-year-old sister Maureen when he witnessed Brady battering Edward to death with an axe (pictured, Maureen and David) 

‘What steps are taken after that are purely leading to me getting out of that house. I don’t care as long as I am getting out of the house.

‘We wrap the body up and carry it upstairs. Then the three of us – mostly myself and Hindley but Brady was part of it as well – cleaned up. He passes me the axe and said: ‘Feel the weight of that.’

‘Hindley says: ‘I saw the blow register in his eyes. He never knew anything.’ 

How Brady’s five victims were snatched from markets and fairs before being murdered in the most brutal ways

  • Pauline Reade, 16, was the couple’s first victim. She was on her way to a local dance when Hindley persuaded her to get in her car. They drove Pauline to Saddleworth Moor where she was raped, beaten and stabbed.
  • John Kilbride, 12, was snatched from Ashton market on Saturday November 23, 1963. He was strangled and buried in a shallow grave. He was the second of Brady and Hindley’s five victims.
  • Keith Bennett, 12, disappeared on the way to his grandmother’s house. Hindley had lured him into her car and driven him to the Moors where he was murdered. The method of killing has never been made clear. The pair buried his body which has never been found.
  • Lesley Ann Downey, 10, disappeared on Boxing Day. She had been snatched from the fair and taken back to Hindley’s house. She was brutally assaulted with the ordeal captured on tape.
  • Edward Evans, 17, was the sick duo’s final victim. He had just been to see Manchester United play when Brady lured in Edward. Brady repeatedly bludgeoned Evans with an axe


‘It sounds unbelievable but it was a normal conversation. If they’d have walked in with chocolate biscuits and tea I’d have stayed and drunk tea and eaten chocolate biscuits. I would have done anything to get out of the house.’

He said: ‘I got home and was covered in blood. I went to the bathroom and I absolutely vomited. I then had to tell her what had happened. Then I was scared – all I wanted to do was get to a police station.’ 

The night Evans was murdered, petrified David was convinced he was next – and vowed that if he made it out alive, he was going straight to the police.

After he helped with the clean-up, he ran the 300 yards to the flat he shared with Maureen and told her what he had seen. They armed themselves with a screwdriver and a kitchen knife and went to a phone box.

Officers called at the house, and there was no sign of the carnage David Smith described. But upstairs, Edward Evans’ body was discovered wrapped up in polythene.

Brady was arrested – but police didn’t realise they were handling two serial killers and it would be five days before Hindley was arrested.

It’s believed they had a pact that if one of them was arrested, the other one should act. 

This gave her time to destroy ‘souvenirs’ they had taken from their victims and hidden in a warehouse. 

Clive said: ‘The police didn’t realise she was destroying documents and evidence.’

But Myra didn’t reach all the evidence before police did. Two days after his arrest, officers realised it wasn’t his first murder.

Police discovered two suitcases traced back to Brady in a  left luggage locker in Manchester.

The cases contained a starter pistol, a cosh, some paperwork and a copy of Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

Meanwhile there was also a tape of a little girl screaming for her mother as she is tortured, with Hindley’s voice recognisable in the background. 

For the rest of her life, she would hate David for betraying her and her sister Maureen for not warning her of the impending arrest. 

Hindley always denied her role in the Moors Murders, telling her friend Janie Jones she had nothing to do with the killings.

The pair met in prison and became friends, with Myra continuing to write to Janie after she was released from prison. 

In the documentary, an interview recorded in 2003 with witness David saw him describe how he helped to move the body of Edward and even drank tea with the couple after the murder (left). Meanwhile journalist Clive Entwistle described how police arrested Hindley after discovering a suitcase which contained a tape recording of a child being tortured with her voice in the background (right)

She believed Myra’s tale that ‘she had nothing to do with the murders, she was scared stiff of him and he was going to murder her whole family.

‘She used to pretend on her mother’s life and everything that is sacred, that it was all Brady and Smith.’ 

She told Janie she was forced by the men to clean up or she ‘would be the next victim.’ 

But after new evidence came to light, Janie fell out with Myra and began writing to Brady to try to find out the truth of Edward’s murder. 

Talking about the Evans murder he wrote: ‘Forensic evidence at the trial showed that Myra and I had only specks of blood on our clothes and shoes. 

‘The carpet Evans was allegedly butchered on was a magic one. The trial forensics showed it didn’t have a trace of blood on it.

‘Smith’s club, shoes and clothes were saturated with blood. In 40 years, no one has drawn the obvious conclusion from these facts.’

Hindley and Brady were convicted of the murders of Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans in 1966.

Brady was also convicted of the murder of John Kilbride with Hindley found guilty of acting as an accessory.

In 1987 Brady and Hindley confessed to two further murders – those of Pauline Reade and Keith Bennett whose remains have never been found.

At least four of the children were sexually assaulted. Two of the victims were discovered in graves dug on Saddleworth Moor – and a third grave was discovered there in 1987.

The body of fourth victim, Keith Bennett, is also thought to be buried there but remains undiscovered. 

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