Wednesday, 23 Jun 2021

Ian Brady and Myra Hindley’s chilling links to occult and devil worship

Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley had disturbing ties to the occult and satanic practices, it has been claimed.

Ian Brady and Myra Hindley abducted at least five children in and around Manchester in the 1960s, in a string of killings that shocked the nation.

Neither of them revealed the resting place of their final victim Keith Bennett, triggering a search that has lasted decades.

Moors Murders expert Erica Gregory, who has spent years poring through Brady’s literature and letters, believes the twisted pair had a fascination with the occult and astrology.

She has long claimed they had links with "High Priest" Alex Sanders, who practised witchcraft in the 1960s.

At one point, he vowed to raise a man from the dead at a "magical" site in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

Erica believes that Hindley and Brady "sought out" Sanders while he was working at the John Rylands Library in Manchester.

She and a team of researchers earlier found knotted ropes, hare, and sheep bones at the site of the murders – supposedly pointing to evidence of satanic practices.

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Erica believes that Hindley "was given a high status" by Brady in order to manipulate her.

Brady himself asked to be cremated to a symphony that charts a murderer’s descent into hell.

Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique – considered one of the darkest pieces of music ever written – is about a killer who is haunted by the spirit of his victims in hell.

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Erica previously said that Brady may have wanted a sea burial off the west coast due to his supposed obsession with the occult and astrology.

The child killer’s ashes were driven to Liverpool Marina and dumped after a cremation in Southport in November 2017.

The remains were placed in a weighted salt urn that disintegrated 10 minutes after being dumped in the sea.

But Brady would not have been perturbed by the lack of ceremony, Erica claims.

She earlier told the Daily Star: "Salt is pretty significant in Wicca, and you will see it quite frequently.

"It is an essential item for a ritual altar. Mixed with water, it is used for purification and on its own, it is used to represent the element of earth."

The evil pair were eventually apprehended in 1966 and sentenced to life in prison.

Handley died of respiratory failure on November 15, 2002, at West Suffolk hospital.

She was suffering from a range of illnesses including osteoarthritis, insomnia, depression, menopause, angina, hypertension, raised cholesterol, back pain, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, bronchitis, and the effects of a stroke.

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Her body was taken to a crematorium in Cambridge, 30 miles away after 20 undertakers refused to handle her remains.

Brady died at Ashworth secure hospital in Liverpool on May 15, 2017.

He had been housed there since 1985 after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

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