Myra Hindley is an English murderer who, with her Nazi-obsessed boyfriend Ian Brady, murdered five children in the 1960s. They were known as the Moor Murderers, because that is where they buried their victim’s remains.
Myra and Ian met in 1961 while working at Millward’s Merchandising in Gorton. Myra was quickly infatuated with him despite his love of Nazi books, and soon, the two would begin killing together.
On July 12, 1963 a 16-year-old girl named Pauline Reade disappeared en route to a dance in Manchester. On that day, Ian and Myra were on the hunt for a victim. Ian first suggested a young girl walking alone, but Myra recognized her as her mother’s neighbor and declined. Then, Ian spotted Reade. Myra knew Reade, too, as a friend of her little sister’s. Still, Myra pulled up alongside Reade in a van and asked if she’d help her look for a glove she’d lost on the Saddleworth Moor. Reade agreed, and Myra drove them both to the moor. Ian arrived on a motorcycle and, after being introduced as Myra’s boyfriend, offered to aid in the fictitious glove search. Myra would claim that Ian took Reade off on his own, sexually assaulted her and slit her throat with a knife. Only then, Myra claimed, did Ian take her to see Reade’s body. Ian, however, would claim that Myra helped him do all of those things. They buried Reade in the moor.
In November of 1963, Myra encountered 12-year-old John Kilbride at a market in Lancashire. She offered him a ride and a bottle of sherry, and the two departed. Once again, she and Ian asked Kilbride to help them look for a glove on the moor. Ian sexually assaulted and murdered Kilbride while Myra waited in the car. They then did the same thing with 12-year-old Keith Bennett in June of 1964, who Myra tricked into coming with her to help her load some boxes into a vehicle. In December of 1964, they tricked 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey into coming home with them from a carnival. She was assaulted and murdered, then buried in the moor. Each partner would accuse the other of being the one who killed her. Their final victim was 17-year-old Edward Evans, who Ian befriended and invited over. Once at his home, Ian fatally beat with him an axe. This time, Ian had invited David Smith over to give him a hand. Smith was only 17, and was dating Myra’s little sister, Maureen. Smith had a criminal record and admired Ian, which perhaps gave Ian the impression he’d make a fine accomplice. However, after Smith witnessed Ian beating the teen to death, he confided in Maureen and the two went to the police.
In the home, police not only found Evans’ body, but also photos of a nude young girl, photos of the moor, and a tape recording of a screaming child. A child neighbor, who for some reason never became a victim of the couple, told authorities that she had gone with Myra and Ian to the moor many times. A search of the moor turned up the bodies of Kilbride and Downey.
The pair were convicted of the murders—Ian with three and Myra with two—and sentenced to prison. They would later confess to murdering Reade and Bennett as well, and though each would return to the moor to help police recover additional bodies, the body of Keith Bennett has never been found.
Myra died behind bars in 2002 at age 60. Ian remains in prison.