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Ian Brady has died aged 79

Ian Brady has died aged 79

Moors murderer Ian Brady, who killed five children alongside Myra Hindley, has died aged 79.

Hours before his death, Brady reportedly was told to "do the right thing" and reveal the location where 12-year-old Keith Bennett, the last of his child victims, is buried.

Mr Makin told Radio 4's Today programme: "I would be very surprised if he really had information that was useful".

Where is Keith Bennett's body?

He said: "I would like an assurance before I do so that first of all the person who asked to take over responsibility for that funeral has a funeral director willing to deal with the funeral and that he has a crematorium willing and able to cremate Mr Stewart-Brady's body".

He said: "It was obvious that the end was fairly close".

Brady never campaigned for his freedom and actually said he wanted to die but Hindley enlisted human rights campaigner Lord Longford in a vain bid to be released.

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"Whilst we are not actively searching Saddleworth Moor, we will act on credible and actionable information that will help lead us to him", he added.

Speaking in February 2013, Martin Bottomley, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "As soon as we were made aware of the existence of this alleged letter, we made exhaustive attempts to obtain it to establish whether or not its contents would assist us in finding Keith's body".

Brady's lawyer of 25 years has said if the killer had information on Keith's burial site, it would have been revealed in the 1980s.

The five victims of Brady and Hindley - Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans - were aged between 10 and 17.

They went on to admit the murders of Pauline Reade, 16, and 12-year-old Keith Bennett.

Brady was kept at the Ashworth mental hospital, Merseyside in a secure unit for the last of his days, though it is understood that although his mental health was deteriorating, he was still sharp and bright for his 79 years.

Hindley died in prison in 2002 after an unsuccessful legal fight against successive Home Secretaries' decisions that she should remain behind bars for the rest of her life. Brady has no known relatives.

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Ch Insp Ian Hanson, chair of the Greater Manchester branch of the Police Federation, said: "Having grown up in that part of Manchester where Brady and his cohort committed these awful crimes, I know first-hand the impact this had on decent young families".

In December 2012 police discovered an envelope with the words "to be opened in the event of my death" written on the front.

A harrowing recording of her final moments, when she pleaded for her life, helped cement Brady's reputation after it was played in court.

Former police officer Norman Brennan, who represented the family of victim Lesley Ann Downey, told Newsnight about the "grief and torment" he saw on the faces of her mother and father.

Brady had been on successive hunger strikes since 1999 in a bid to hasten his own death and the inquest heard he had been fed through a nasogastric tube.

Such is the notoriety of the Moors murderers that after 50 years the death of killer Brady wiped news of Britain's general election off most of the national tabloid newspapers.

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