Why are contents of Moors Murderer Brady’s briefcases being kept secret?

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Ian Brady’s solicitor is apparently refusing to give two  of the mass-killers locked briefcases to ‘silent witness’  officers from Greater Manchester Police.

The brother of one of the killer’s victims, Keith Bennett, has said he has pleaded with the solicitor to “show compassion” and hand over Brady’s briefcases.

Alan Bennett hopes they contain information about the exact spot where Brady and his twisted lover, Myra Hindley, buried Keith in 1964.

He said he “needed to know one way or the other” if there was anything that could help the family’s search for answers which has gone on for more than half a century.

Keith mother, Winnie Johnson, died in 2012 aged 78, after a long campaign to give him a Christian burial.


After Brady’s death in 2017, Greater Manchester Police applied for a court order to examine the contents of the cases, but reports say they were turned down on the grounds that there was no longer any prospect of a prosecution.

According to Alan, his solicitor, John Ainley, has written to Mr Robin Makin, of E Rex Makin & Co Solicitors in Liverpool, who the cases were handed to.

But it appears there has been no response.

Before the court hearing  Robin Makin, had met GMP officers, bringing the locked briefcases with him. But he refused to let police examine Brady’s personal papers.

Alan, aged 62, said: “There is a desperate need to look for anything that may help in the recovery of Keith’s body and there may be something in those cases. We need to know one way or another.

“During my correspondence with Brady many years ago he stated that he had left instructions in his will for me alone. He did not give any further detail but it was at a time when I was searching on the moor and asking him about routes taken, areas of the moor, landmarks etc.

“The refusal by Mr Makin to help any further is a great cause of distress considering that my brother’s body still remains on the moor while all the other victims have been returned to their loved ones for a proper burial.

“Surely anything that could help to bring Keith home has to be made available to the police on behalf of Keith’s family.  Nobody I know can comprehend his unwillingness to do all he can to help us.

“I am now reliant on some compassion and understanding be shown by Mr Makin. When Brady said he was leaving instructions for me, it may have been one of his silly games, or there could be something in the briefcases.”

Alan has spent years searching Saddleworth Moor himself around Shiny Brook stream digging for Keith’s remains.

Martin Bottomley, Head of GMP’s Cold Case Unit, said: “We will continue to do everything we can to pursue all investigative lines of enquiry to find Keith’s body, while also supporting his family and their efforts to uncover the truth. We will never close this case until we have the answers they so truly deserve.”

Brady, who murdered five children between 1963 and 1965 with Hindley, died in May 2017 at the secure psychiatric unit at Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside.


Keith was 12-years-old when he set out on his way to his grandmother’s house in Longsight on June 16th 1964.

Keith’s mum, Winnie Johnson, waved him off as he crossed Eston Street. She would never see him again.

In 1986 after Hindley and Brady had confessed for the first time to killing Keith and Pauline Reade a new search of the moors was carried out by GMP.

The body of Pauline, who was 16, when she was killed in 1963, was found on July 1st 1987. But after Pauline’s remains were found the search for Keith’s was stopped.



4 thoughts on “Why are contents of Moors Murderer Brady’s briefcases being kept secret?

  1. Martin Dook Ward I have been a follower of the Keith Bennett page for many a year on here. I was on the page the other day and was speaking to Alan Bennett who informed me that some MPs are looking to bring this briefcase up for discussion with other peers. If nothing comes from a parliament discussion then the family will look to start a petition.

    1. I seem to have gathered that the reason for not opening Brady’s briefcase is based on the fact that there was no chance of prosecution? Was Brady never convicted of this crime when he was alive? Even so that surely is no excuse to give up seaching for those he probably killed. On what grounds did they gave up the search for Keith’s body, anyway? It all sounds too outrageous for words that the authorities would have hindered the search for Keith’s body in this way. Maybe you should have taken this to The European Court of Justice because there is no justice to be had from Manchester Police, it would seem. What could possibly be in this briefcase that must be kept secret? Have you sent a letter to The new Prime Minister’s Office about this outrage. Yes a petition with a thousand names to state their anger that the Brief Case of this murderer, being held by a solicitor should not be made availalbe to the families of his victims. Maybe a few hundred people living locally to this solicitor should be able to shake him up. Do you think, maybe. that the Manchester Police know the contents and then given this travesty of the Law Solicitor the authority to keep the briefcase closed? If it were his child buried by this murderer, I doubt he would cover up the contents of the killer’s briefcase.

  2. Erica Gregory I know of some who had letters from Makin after Brady died and his gifts were sent .. If there was anything as in letters they would of been sent .. 1991 ? A time Myra punishes Brady for keeping her in prison and drama queen Brady giving it I’m dying ?

    1. yes .. there were those I had contact with who were given letters and some wrote to Makin and he replied to them either way If anything left for them .. 1991 look at what was happening in Bradys life , who was he in contact with then ?.. Janus was published 2001 .. so just maybe like we have said and can see, he left what they did hidden within .. he ends the book with The rest is silence so he was saying I’m not giving any more… He wasn’t being listened to was he .. Myra was giving her crap story she wasn’t involved , David Smith got away with it .. is it any wonder he didn’t give where Keith was to those who did nothing but blame it all on him.. he was ill.. mentally .. others hid the truth so they had sympathy from some .. like Longford who fell for Myra’s lies.. They should just let this be sorted , not just his notes but hidden letters too.. There are more victims … and a political motivation in why they murdered .. it could just be there are some names given the Government want hiding away ?.

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