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How will the body of Ian Brady be disposed of?

How will the body of Ian Brady be disposed of?

Ian Brady, didn't die anywhere near horribly enough
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Serial child killer Ian Brady will be cremated without his final wishes being respected.

The Moors Murderer, who died five months ago aged 79, wanted to be cremated while a macabre piece of classical music which envisages a Satanic orgy was played.

Brady, who tortured and murdered five children in the 1960s with Myra Hindley, was rumoured to have requested his ashes were then scattered either on the Saddleworth Moors, where he buried his victims, or in Glasgow where he was born.

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None of those requests will be permitted thanks to a legal ruling this week.

A High Court judge said Brady’s body must be disposed of without ceremony or music.

Tameside Council in Greater Manchester will then arrange the disposal of his ashes.

Brady died in May aged 79 but still hasn’t been cremated 
Saddleworth Moor where Brady and Hindley buried four of their victims (Image: Reuters)

The families of Brady’s victims breathed a sigh of relief at that ruling but now face an anxious wait to find out the full details of exactly what has happened and when.

The Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Geoffrey Vos, said details of Brady’s cremation cannot be made public until a week after it has happened.

Terry West, the brother of Lesley-Ann Downey who was murdered aged 10 told the Mail on Sunday: “My little sister didn’t get to choose how she was buried, so I can’t see why that evil swine should have any say in what happens to him.

“If I had my way, I would just flush his ashes down the toilet.”

A judge ruled Brady must not be cremated to the macabre music he requested (Image: Hulton Archive)

Brady, who used the name Ian Stewart-Brady, died on May 15 this year but his body remains in a secret location.

The twisted killer wanted the fifth movement of Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique played at his funeral – a piece that the composer envisaged as a ‘witches sabbath’, where hideous monsters gathered to laugh at a burial.

But Judge Vos said it would be ‘legitimately offensive’ to the families of Brady’s victim’s to have the music played.

Sir Geoffrey had been asked by two local authorities to make decisions relating to the disposal of the serial killer’s body so that it can be “lawfully and decently disposed of without further delay”.

Brady’s final wishes will not be respected, a court ruled (Image: Manchester Evening News)
Myra Hindley died in 2002 (Image: AFP)

In his ruling, the judge said: “As to the playing of the fifth movement of the Symphony during the cremation, I need only quote the description of that movement from Wikipedia for it to be seen how inappropriate it would be:

“‘Fifth movement: “Songe d’une nuit du sabbat” (Dream of the Night of the Sabbath): In both the program notes, Berlioz wrote:

“‘[The musician] sees himself at a witches’ sabbath, in the midst of a hideous gathering of shades, sorcerers and monsters of every kind who have come together for his funeral.

“‘Strange sounds, groans, outbursts of laughter; distant shouts which seem to be answered by more shouts.

“‘The beloved melody appears once more, but has now lost its noble and shy character; it is now no more than a vulgar dance tune, trivial and grotesque: it is she who is coming to the sabbath … Roar of delight at her arrival … She joins the diabolical orgy …

“‘The funeral knell tolls, burlesque parody of the Dies irae, the dance of the witches …’.

“I have no difficulty in understanding how legitimate offence would be caused to the families of the deceased’s victims once it became known that this movement had been played at his cremation. I decline to permit it.”

Four of Brady and Hindley’s victims were buried on Saddleworth Moor in the south Pennines.

Oldham and Tameside councils, which cover the hilly area near Manchester, made an application at the High Court to block Brady’s ashes being scattered on Saddleworth Moors, where his victims are buried.

At the inquest in May, Coroner Christopher Sumner had sought assurances the ashes would not be scattered there.

Lesley Ann Downey is one of the victims (Image: Getty)
Ian Brady and Myra Hindley (Image: Press Association)

Amid protests from Brady’s lawyer Robin Makin, Mr Sumner said he did not have the power to make the request but believed it was the “right moral judgement”.

But where the remains are finally disposed of will remain secret under a High Court order, made after the councils gave notice of their legal application.

The killer’s legal team has refused to reveal Brady’s funeral wishes, saying they would emerge in “due course”.

He came from Glasgow and the city’s council said no funeral directors­ would scatter his ashes in Glasgow. His body is now held at a secret location.

The pair were jailed for life for torturing and murdering John Kilbride, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17.

They admitted killing Pauline Reade, 16, and Keith Bennett, 12, whose body has never been found.

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