The mother of Moors Murders victim Keith Bennett has said that her search for his body will go on. Winnie Johnson told a memorial service for Keith at Manchester Cathedral that she “will never rest” until she can give him a proper funeral.
Keith was just 12 when he was murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in 1964. They buried four of their five young victims on Saddleworth Moor, but Keith’s body has never been found. The most recent attempt by police to discover his remains was called off last summer.
In her address to today’s service, Mrs Johnson, now 76, said. “I do wish they find him before I go to the next world.” She has set up a Searching For Keith appeal to continue her efforts to find her son’s body.
Past searches for Keith’s body have concentrated on the area around the streams known as Hoe Grain and Shiny Brook. That is a short distance north of the A635 road, and well away from the general area where the other three bodies were discovered. The police’s interest in Hoe Grain followed studies of photographs taken by Brady and Hindley, as well as testimony given by Hindley in prison before her death.
Brady, who remains in a high-security psychiatric unit near Liverpool, has reportedly shown no interest in helping the hunt for Keith’s body in recent years. Police sources have said he has refused to speak to detectives, waving them away on their last visit to discuss their search of the moors.
Mrs Johnson hopes her Searching For Keith appeal will raise enough money to allow a new, private search of the moors to take place. More details are available at the appeal’s website here.
There is also an archive of original reports of the Moors Murders investigation and trial at The Times website here.