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The monsters of the moors: The full account of the Brady-Hindley case
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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 managed to conduct a few short interviews with local people who lived in the same era where the crimes took place, all of whom 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, who share their recollections of what their little babies were like, including the poor, tormented mother of Lesley Ann, who asked Dean Potter as she looked 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. Some of the writing regarding poor Edward in this book was, frankly, disgusting. For example: "The unattractive homosexual Evans, his face speckled with acne...." 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 was known regarding the moors case at the time, and how this sadistic pervert and his ice-cold witch were brought to justice via excellent detective work. The publication is illustrated with eight pages worth of black-and-white photographs, and was released in paperback for the American market in 1968.