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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 October 2014
This increasingly difficult to track down book offers a good insight into the appalling crimes of moors murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley. It was originally published back in 1966, the same year these child killers were sentenced to life imprisonment, and is far more insightful and informative than Emlyn Williams' semi-fictionalised best-seller 'Beyond Belief', which came a year later.

There are lots of chapters in this chunky, red jacketed hardback. The author, John Deane Potter, a former crime reporter for the 'Daily Express', was a well known writer at the time, and he conducted a few short interviews with local people who lived in the same era where the crimes took place, and those who knew Hindley and Brady personally. It was also (I believe) the first book to boldly publish the horrific transcript of the couple's youngest victim Lesley Ann Downey, a poor ten year girl pleading for her life and being recorded on tape by these 'monsters' before she was photographed naked, raped and murdered. This was an act of unbelievable cruelty, and still makes me feel angry just thinking about it. Towards the end, there's a poignant chapter where the author spoke to the victim's families, and the poor, tormented mother of Lesley asks him as she looks through her window: "Do you think they buried her alive?".

As it is one of the earliest publications about these shocking events, 'The Monsters of the Moors' is naturally a book of it's time, and some of the writing really does reflect this. For example, there is the very unfair and incorrect assumption about Ian Brady and Myra Hindley's final victim Edward Evans, who was NOT a homosexual, Brady made the whole thing up about this 17 year old, because being gay for lads of his age was illegal at the time, and he simply wished to spread this ruse in an attempt to stop police, who originally believed this to be a single murder case, from caring about the killing as much as they might have done. I also found the ending of the book to be really quite bizarre, it's a discussion about the Pendle witches, but I fail to see why that was deemed by the author as relevant.

'The Monsters of the Moors' wasn't quite the greatest book on the crimes at the time, the best contemporary account was actually another rare title, The moor murders by David Marchbanks, but this one still offers an overall good overview of the what happened on the moors. The publication is illustrated with eight pages worth of black-and-white photographs, and was released in paperback for the American market in 1968.
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on 30 December 2011
the hard to get hold of book gives a very clear view of what happened, it includes the trial in depth and in my opinion its the only book i have read about the moors murders that gives a chilling insight on what really happened....
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on 22 November 2014
gives a really accurate picture of the horrific crime and about the trial......a must read...........
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