Moors murderer Ian Brady has died aged 79

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Moors Murder Trial Ends - Myra Handley, left, and Ian Brady.

The crimes of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady in the 1960s have become imprinted on the public consciousness for their sadistic brutality.

IAN Brady, the Moors Murderer has been moved into palliative care at Maghull's Ashworth Hospital as reports circulate that he is on his death bed.

"A 79-year-old patient in long-term care at Ashworth High Secure Hospital has died after becoming unwell". At a court hearing in February 2017, lawyers said Brady had been bedridden for the last couple of years and it was "fair to say" he was terminally ill.

They were nicknames that would come back to haunt them with the knowledge he had brutally murdered five children, burying four bodies on isolated moorlands.

Brady began a "hunger strike" at the high-secutiry Ashworth Hospital in 1999 but the decision to starve himself was later revealed as a sham.

In 2013 his request to be moved to a Scottish prison was denied after medical experts said he had chronic mental illness.

Nearly 20 years later, in 1985, he admitted to the murders of Pauline Reade, 16, and Keith Bennett, who was 12.

Terry West, brother of Lesley Ann Downey, told MailOnline: "I poured myself a glass of wine when I found out - we've been waiting for this day for such a long time".

They made a tape recording of Lesley Ann, naked, bound and gagged and begging for help and asking to be allowed to go home to her mother, as she was repeatedly tortured and sexually before being murdered.

They were finally caught when Hindley's brother-in-law tipped off police.

The name "John Kilbride" was also found written in a notebook.

With both now dead, Brady - in a final act of control - may have taken that secret to the grave. Their bodies were eventually buried on desolate Saddleworth Moor in northwestern England.

Hindley died in November 2002 after a heart attack.

Hindley later said Brady told her he had sexually assaulted Keith before strangling him with a piece of string.

He told Hindley to drive around in her van with him following on his bike until he spotted a victim Hindley was then to offer a lift to.

They recorded her at their home in Wardle Brook Avenue, Hattersley and her cries reduced the judge, jury, spectators and even hardened police officers to tears.

Brady was found guilty of snatching and killing 12-year-old John Kilbride, Edward Evans, 17, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, while Hindley was convicted of murdering Downey and Evans and shielding her lover in the third case.

Hindley had tried to court favour by helping police to find the missing body of Bennett.

Hindley was convicted in the death of Evans and Downey.