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I first wrote to Ian Brady at Ashworth high security hospital in , four years after the death of Myra Hindley , in an attempt to understand why the pair had embarked on the murder spree that horrified Britain. Like me, Hindley was born in Gorton, east Manchester. We attended the same school, Ryder Brow secondary modern and were in the same class, though I have no recollection of her. I assumed Brady would not reply, but he did, quite formal in his opening exchange; less than a page of A4, not addressing me by name, laying out his terms of reference and asking for nothing except "some objectivity". In the year that followed we exchanged five letters, which touched on his life at Ashworth, his time in Gorton but only a single oblique reference to the Moors murders. The handwriting is neat, though he adds a postscript to one missive, apologising for the scrawl as he rushes to "catch the post".
Myra Hindley has the legacy of being 'the most hated woman in Britain' for her role in the gruesome moors murders. Myra Hindley was born on 23 July, , in Crumpsall, a suburb in Manchester. She was the first child of Bob Hindley and his wife, Hettie. When he returned home to work as a machinist, the Hindley family lived in a two-up, two-down house on Eaton Street, Gorton, which was an area dominated by the sounds emanating from the local foundry.
Jean Rafferty has been corresponding with the notorious Glasgow born killer — who wants to be declared sane so he can return to prison — for more than eight years. The psychiatrists are saying conflict keeps him going. I want to use our correspondence and research it further — I want to speak to medical professions who have had dealings with him.