Brady and Hindley: Genesis of the Moors Murders - Fred HarrisonBath: Ashgrove Press, 1986, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little spotted on the verso. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Leans slightly. Private book plate to the first blank.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Appendix;
From the cover: “On May 6th, 1966 at Chester Assizes, Ian Brady was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of two children and a sixteen year old boy. Myra Hindley, convicted on two counts of murder, was also sent to prison for life.
Though 20 years have now passed and a whole generation has grown up for whom the details are little known, the public has been unable to lay to rest its horror of the sadistic crimes of torture and murder which Brady and Hindley carried out. Fred Harrison believes that this collective restlessness betrays a continuing search for answers to deep-seated questions, not least why an ordinary working class girl associated herself with the mayhem of a psychopathic killer.
Brady & Hindley is the first re-appraisal of the infamous Moors murders in 20 years. It draws heavily on a unique series of interviews with Brady — the first such interviews ever given to an author by a mass murderer in his cell. In them Brady acknowledges responsibility for a series of additional murders. He claims that Myra assisted in the killing of 16 year old Pauline Reade and makes the startling allegation that David Smith, the youth who witnessed the murder of Edward Evans and led the police to the killers, was also involved. Pauline Reade’s disappearance in 1963 has until now remained a mystery.
Brady’s claim leads the author into a thorough investigation of the background of the killers and the killings. He reveals the first new evidence against Myra Hindley and uncovers a plot, hatched by Brady and Hindley at their trial, falsely to implicate David Smith in Pauline Reade’s death. He also shows in detail the influences on Brady — from Dostoyevsky to Hitler — which the murderer used as self-justification for his killing cult.
Brady and Hindley casts new light on a horrifying series of crimes; it also, its author believes, provides clues that deepen our understanding of the general and continuing problem of child abuse.”