Erica Gregory describes herself as a Paranormal Investigator and Physical Medium.
She and her researchers, the Worsley Paranormal Group, have come under fire because of their extensive investigations into the Moors murderer Ian Brady – and, in particular, their use of the paranormal to try and solve the mystery of where Brady and Hindley buried one of their victims, Keith Bennett, more than 50 years ago.
The group believes there are other victims, unnamed and lost in the fogs of time across the Moors – and indeed Erica suspects that more clues to the couple’s murderous reign are hidden ‘down South’.
But serial killer Brady slapped Keith Bennett’s family one last time as he died by refusing to reveal where he buried the 12-year-old.
Brady, 79, who is known to have killed five children with Hindley in the 1960s, died of cancer and emphysema at a secure mental health hospital.
And it has emerged that police attempted to convince him to reveal the location of the grave in his final hours.
Family lawyer John Ainley told Good Morning Britain: “The police were trying, I think, to implore Brady at this very late stage to pass on any information or documents to them so they could carry out a meaningful search of the moors.”
But Erica, who has spent five years collating a massive data base on the crimes that have shocked and angered Britain for half a century, has vowed to carry on trying to find the remains of the victims.
One of the group’s important finds was a shotgun which Brady is said to have hinted was his.
The Eibar double-barreled weapon, in its original case, was found wrapped in a polythene sheet beneath rocks under an oak tree on Saddleworth Moor.
Erica said: “The children, all of the ones still missing or not named yet, have to be put to rest too.
“There are others missing but until the area we are working in on the Moors is properly searched for ANY Victim then we won’t give up. I’ve more work to do.
“And to all the people who have a go at us, including some close to victims, I say to them ‘get on your boots and walk with us and help’.
“But he has won hasn’t he? And that’s all he cared for. But we will carry on until we finally get to the truth.”
- Pauline Reade, 16, the first victim. She was on her way to a dance when Hindley persuaded her to get in her car. They drove Pauline to Saddleworth Moor where she was raped, beaten and stabbed.
- John Kilbride, 12, was snatched from Ashton market on Saturday November 23, 1963. He was strangled and buried in a shallow grave.
- Keith Bennett, 12, disappeared on the way to his grandmother’s house. Hindley had lured him into her car and driven him to the Moors where he was murdered. The method of killing has never been made clear.
- Lesley Ann Downey, 10, disappeared on Boxing Day. She had been snatched from a fair.
- Edward Evans, 17, the final victim. He had just been to see Manchester United play when Brady repeatedly bludgeoned Evans with an axe.