Evil Moors murderer Ian Brady has for decades refused to tell police where the body of his victim Keith Bennett is buried…
His reticence to reveal the location of the boy’s body has tortured Keith’s mother Winnie Johnson, and she has frequently appealed directly to Brady to tell her where her son – who was abducted and killed by Brady and his equally evil cohort Myra Hindley in 1964 – is so that she can give him a proper burial.
Many believe that Brady has refused to tell where Keith’s buried in order to play mind games with Winnie, and inflict ongoing pain upon her, while others have suggested that he simply doesn’t know the location.
However, in a forthcoming Channel 4 Cutting Edge documentary about Brady, his Mental Health Advocate has revealed the existence of a sealed envelope, the contents of which, it’s alleged, could reveal the location of Keith’s body…
Neither the film’s producers nor Channel 4 have had “sight or possession of the envelope” according to a recent press release about the film.
Documentaries Commissioning Editor and Editor for Cutting Edge, Emma Cooper says, “No-one can verify the contents of the envelope and therefore what information it does or does not contain but given the enormity of the implications as suggested by Brady’s letter, we felt we had a responsibility to inform the family via their family liaison officer.
“Winnie’s poor health was foremost in our decision-making and this is why we have decided to bring forward the broadcast of the film and make the existence of the envelope public.”
Ms Powell has been Brady’s Mental Health Advocate for the last fifteen years, and she is one of the executors to his will. She has recently applied for power of attorney over Brady’s health and welfare.
In one of several interviews she gave to the producers of Ian Brady: Endgames of a Psychopath, she says she received a letter of instruction and a sealed envelope from Brady via his solicitors.
She explains that the letter of instruction states that the additional envelope contains three letters, one of which is apparently addressed to Winnie Johnson.
Powell says the letter suggests that the contents of that unopened envelope might enable Winnie – who is 80 years old and has cancer – to finally find peace before she dies by giving her son a proper funeral.
Jackie said, “I received a letter and a sealed envelope which said on the front of it, to be opened in the event of my death.
“He says that he doesn’t wish to take secrets to his grave and that within the sealed envelope is a letter to Winnie Johnson and that within that is the means to her possibly being able to rest.
“And that’s paraphrase that’s not verbatim. Clearly there’s something within the letter that may be able to find her son I would suggest.”
Ian Brady: Endgames of a Psychopath, which is part of Channel 4’s flagship documentary strand, Cutting Edge, airs on Monday 20 August at 9pm.