THE ashes of Moors Murderer Ian Brady have been secretly disposed of at sea under the cover of darkness at a secret location.
Families of victims were informed of the plan, after a top judge ruled the disposal of Brady’s remains should take place without causing further “offence and distress”.
The child killer died in May aged 79 and his remains were cremated without ceremony on 26th October at Southport Crematorium; the body collected from the mortuary of the Royal Liverpool Hospital earlier in the day.
The ashes were placed in a biodegradable urn, taken to a marina in the city and “dispatched at sea”.
Brady, with accomplice and lover Myra Hindley, tortured and murdered five children in the 1960s. She died in prison in 2002.
It was reported that Brady wished to have his remains burnt and ashes scattered in Glasgow, where he grew up but the city council said it would refuse such a request.
There were also concerns his remains would be scattered on Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester – where the pair buried at least three of their victims after luring them to the isolated area.
Brady’s executor and solicitor Robin Makin had said there was “no likelihood” of this happening, but the High Court ruled in October that the disposal of the body should be taken out of his hands.
The killer died at Ashworth High Security Hospital in Maghull, Merseyside, having been held there since 1985. He was jailed in 1966 for murdering John Kilbride, aged 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17.
In 1985, he also admitted killing Pauline Reade, 16, and 12-year-old Keith Bennett, whose body is believed to be on the moor but has never been found.
John Kilbride’s brother Terry said the victims’ families knew the plans for Brady’s remains in advance.
“The urn was made of salt and it disintegrated after about 10 or 15 minutes of being in the water,” he said. “I was originally under the impression he was just going to be burnt and put in the grounds of a prison but being put in the sea is the next best thing.”
He said Brady was “clever and manipulative” and had “tormented” families from prison. “This was the only way to really put the families at ease and the public as well.”