Brad and Hindley: Genesis of the Moors Murders, by Fred Harrison
You can call them psychopaths. You can call them crazy. Still -after all these years- you can’t make sense of their behaviour. What brought a young couple to commit multiple gruesome murders will probably remain beyond rational comprehension.
Between 1963 and 1965, Ian Brady and his lover and partner, Myra Hindley, were responsible for the abduction, rape, torture, and murder of five young victims. The “Moors Murders” -named for the desolate landscape where three of the corpses were discovered- are one of the most horrific and shocking killing spree in British history.
Fred Harrison faced the devil -Ian Brady- on a face-to-face prison interview, and this book is in part based on that experience. Digging deeply into Brady and Hindley’s personal histories, Harrison examines the factors that led to their mutual and dangerous attraction and what brought them to lured boys and girls into their trap, desecrate their innocence and bury their bodies on bleack windswept moors.
While Ian was the true psycho, Myra was the victim of a condition psychiatrists call Folie à Deux, she shared Ian’s insanity and adapted her persona to perfectly blend with his. Together they were simply lethal.
True Crime books examine tragedies that are so horrendous they remain cheseled on the collective psyche of a nation long after the perpetrators are gone. Murders, serial killers, sadists, pedophiles rise great interest and curiosity, but what do we really know about them? Why they commit murders? What motivates them to kill? Can they blame it on the brain just pleading insanity defense?
After years spent studying crimes and perpetrators what I know is that what makes us different from the cruelest serial killer is a fine, subtle line made of where we come from, our backgrounds, education…It’s as simple as that. We all have a faint evil vein running through our bodies. For someone its pulse is just too strong to be ignored.