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The moor murders Hardcover – 1 Jan 1966

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Frewin; First Edition edition (1966)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0000CN908
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,438,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Although it's a much more widely-known and easier to locate book, I'd forget the semi-fictionalised novel 'Beyond Belief' by Emlyn Williams if you're wishing to buy a classic account of these awful crimes. The best of the contemporary accounts about the notorious moors murders case is in fact this hard-to-track-down book by David Marchbanks. If any of the six books that were written about these events deserves to be republished today, it's this one. Marchbanks' 'The Moor Murders' hit the bookshop shelves in 1966, the same year that the killers were sentenced to life imprisonment.

This comprehensive red jacketed hardback provides an excellent overview of all the facts that were known at the time, written in a very readable documentary style, and is illustrated with four two-page-at-a-time inserts of interesting black-and-white photographs, including school pictures of the depraved killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, Hindley's rarely seen grandmother, who brought her up as her own, only for her granddaughter to turn against her, and bully her when Brady moved into her home, and even a copy of Brady's birth certificate. There's a few snaps of the searches on Saddleworth Moor, which would ultimately led to the police finding the bodies of poor two children, 10 year old Lesley Ann Downey, and John Kilbride who was 12. Of course, we know now that as well as these young ones, and a seventeen year old boy who never made it on the moors, the twisted pair were responsible for the deaths of two more kids, one of whom, 12 year old Keith Bennett, has unfortunately never been found to this day. The names of Reade and Bennett are touched upon early in the book, with details regarding their disappearances, and the subsequent fruitless police searches for them.
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