Priti Patel to change law and unlock final secrets of Moors murderer Ian Brady hidden in sealed briefcases

PRITI Patel will change the law in an attempt to unlock the final secrets of Moors murderer Ian Brady, which are hidden away in sealed suitcases.

Police had so far been refused permission to see the documents, which they believed could lead them to the body of one of Brady’s victims, 12-year-old Keith Bennett.

The Home Secretary is to bring in a new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill which would force the killer’s solicitor to grant police access to the briefcases left by the Moors Murderer.

The monster, who had been receiving end-of-life care before his death in May 2017, was convicted of killing children in 1966 alongside his twisted girlfriend Myra Hindley.

The pair murdered five children between 1963 and 1965.

Brady’s Samsonite briefcases were being held in secure storage by Brady’s solicitor and executor of his will, Robin Makin.

But Priti Patel will introduce measures allowing detectives to obtain a warrant for material that could reveal the location of Bennett’s remains, the Daily Mail reported.

The briefcases were considered particularly significant because the original 1965 investigation discovered that the killer had stashed sick mementoes of his crimes, including paedophile material of the youngest victim, in the cases.

These had been located at a Manchester railway station’s left luggage office.

Miss Patel reportedly met with Keith’s younger brother Alan, who was now 64, this week to discuss her plans. 

He also believed Brady’s paperwork could contain vital clues about his brother’s location.


Killer Brady refused to ever reveal where little Keith Bennett's body was buried.

But it was revealed he told a mental health worker he had left clues for police to find.

He claims to have left a trowel in a stream near the burial site, but died before his secret could ever be exposed.

However, he kept notes, maps and pictures of Saddleworth Moor in his secret collection, which were believed to be linked to Keith's grave.

Alan Bennett  has long believed Brady’s paperwork may contain vital clues about where his brother was buried.

“Keith’s story will be known to many, but what may not be known is the struggle which our family has gone through to try to seek closure,” he said. 

“The Bill is large and wide ranging and will change the laws in a major way regarding police investigations.

“The Home Secretary and her team were very complimentary towards me regarding all I have done in the past and the battles we as a family have faced over so many years. 

“It was nice, on a personal level, to hear that directly from someone with the power and the desire to change things.’

He hoped there would be no “cold-hearted opposition” to the legal changes.

Police had initially met a roadblock in accessing the cases the day after Brady’s death, when a district judge refused them on the basis there was no prospect of an investigation leading to a prosecution.

Patel’s new bill would allow a warrant to be granted if there was a chance it could lead to the detection of human remains, even if outside of criminal proceedings.

The move would close a “legislative gap”, a Home Office source said.

“One can only imagine the years of pain and turmoil that the Bennett family have faced,” the source said.

“Priti is determined to give police the powers they need to access all available evidence and hopefully bring some closure to families in cases like these.”

While the new law appeared to be tailored to the circumstances surrounding the Brady briefcases, it could also assist in other cases. 

The Bill was expected to be published within weeks.

Ian Brady died on Monday, May 15, with the murderer's time of death understood to be just before 6pm.

A post-mortem revealed that his official cause of death was cor pulmonale and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

In a final insult to Bennett’s family, he reportedly refused to show any remorse for his crimes hours before his death.

Brady's own lawyer Robin Makin revealed he would be "very surprised" if the killer left any useful information about where Keith's body was, telling Radio 4: "He did go to the Moors a long time ago and I suspect that if there had been information for him that he could have provided, he would have provided it then."

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