He has told the Glasgow born killer shared with him where he and Myra Hindley buried the body of Keith Bennett after the
more than 50 years ago. 12-year-old’s horrific death shocked the world
Brady, who also murdered young victims John Kilbride, 12, Edward Evans, 17, Pauline Reade, 16 and Lesley Ann Downey, 12, refused to share the location of Bennett’s body with his mother Winne Johnson before her death.
But Dr Keightley, the murderer’s friend for 25 years, said: “Keith Bennett’s body is at the north side of Manchester.
Moors Murderer Ian Brady “There is a deep rise on the right where John Kilbride was buried. If you climb up the hill you turn left where it turns flat, turn left at Shinybrook and they walked for three miles.
“Brady led the way along Shinybrook. He had a pre-laid plan for Myra to take the rope after three miles then Brady switched the leadership and made Myra go, and put the stranglehold on Keith Bennett, raped him and killed him.
12 year old Keith Bennett
“I had a couple of detectives come over the years.
“I have known Brady 25 years, day in and day out. I have seen him every three weeks for years. He is an ambiguous figure.
Ian Brady on Moors “helping” police search for where he buried the body of murder victim Keith Bennett
“He told me times and accounts and what he did were the acts of a mad man and he was deeply disturbed by what he did.
“He has said umpteen times to me that what he did was unforgivable.
“He was bored, really. He admits that what he did was evil, he can understand people hating him.”
Dr Keightley said he passed on the vital information to police but when asked why they still have not found Keith’s body, he replied: “Because they haven’t trusted him.”
Ian Brady pictured in Derbyshire Forest
Although the 72-year-old has released details of the child’s alleged whereabouts on Saddleworth Moor, he insisted he can only reveal the whole truth of the murders once Brady dies and he publishes a book based on what the killer has told him.
Child killers Myra Hindley and Ian Brady, on the moors where they buried their victims
Detectives have always maintained Brady, 78, showed no remorse for his cowardly crimes.
But Dr Keightley disagrees. He said: He deeply regrets what he did.”
He claimed he began visiting Brady after being asked by Lesley Ann’s family to make contact with him in Ashworth high security hospital, Merseyside, where Brady now lies bed-ridden and close to death.
Over the past quarter of a century, retired lecturer Dr Keightley has spoken to the killer daily on the phone, visited him every three weeks.
Police search Saddleworth moor for bodies of murder victims of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley
The friendship led to him becoming Brady’s legal heir.
He added: “I have already inherited his property and there is much more to come. I have five great big boxes of his property and I will receive the rest when he dies.
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Dr Keightley said 78-year-old Brady, who has been on hunger strike for 15 years and is force fed through a tube, is close to the death he has longed for.
He added: “He has been bed-ridden for some time now and doesn’t talk to anybody.
Edward Evans, 17-year-old murder victim of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley
Speaking of their friendship, Dr Keightley said: “You have to play it cool with him really, because his mood changes during the day.
“He phoned me every day and I put bets on horses for him. We still write to each other but he just wants to die.”
Lesley Ann Downey, aged 10, whose body was found in a shallow grave on Saddleworth Moors near Manchester in 1966
Brady mounted a legal challenge to be moved from the psychiatric hospital to a jail, where he believed it would be easier for him to starve to death.
The bid was rejected. Dr Keightley was asked by the killer to write his biography. He said: “He has begged me to write a book for years.
John Kilbride, age 12
“It will tell the whole history of his childhood and the experiences that made him what he is.
“It is a complicated story. I have read books on evil for a lot of years, but spending so much time with Ian Brady I have a different view of evil.”
And he told how he can see why people are fascinated by Brady, whose murderous partnership with Hindley shocked the nation.
He added: “I can understand some woman being obsessed by him because he has got a sort of persona which I can understand a woman falling for.
“He deeply regrets, but nobody is going to believe him.”
Ian Brady on Saddleworth Moor
Greater Manchester Police said of Dr Keightley’s claims: “All information received regarding any cold case is assessed and acted upon as appropriate.”
Hindley died in prison in 2002, aged 60.
She and Brady were jailed for life on May 6 1966 for the murders.
They were arrested in October 1965 at their home in Manchester, after a tip-off from Hindley’s brother-in-law David Smith that a murder might have taken place there the night before.
Ian Brady at Ramshaw Rocks in Staffordshire
Edward’s body was found trussed up in plastic bags in the bedroom. Neither killer showed any emotion as police uncovered the remains.
Officers found sheets of paper and plans in Brady’s wallet on how to dispose of the body.
In a notebook they discovered John Kilbride’s name, written in Brady’s handwriting. The boy had been missing for two years.
Lesley Ann’s naked body was found on October 10, 1965 and John’s 11 days later.
A left luggage ticket at Brady’s home eventually led to suitcases containing hundreds of photographs, plus his harrowing “trophy” tape of the little Lesley Ann pleading for her life.
In 1987, the vile killers confessed to murdering Pauline and Keith.
Since then, police have carried out countless searches of the moors using the latest technology, even allowing Brady and Hindley out of prison to assist with the hunt.
Only Pauline’s body was ever found.