The Moors murders were carried out by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley between July 1963 and October 1965, in and around what is now Greater Manchester, England. The victims were five children aged between 10 and 17—Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans—at least four of whom were sexually assaulted. The murders are so named because two oThe Moors murders were carried out by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley between July 1963 and October 1965, in and around what is now Greater Manchester, England. The victims were five children aged between 10 and 17—Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans—at least four of whom were sexually assaulted. The murders are so named because two of the victims were discovered in graves dug on Saddleworth Moor, with a third grave also being discovered there in 1987, over 20 years after Brady and Hindley's trial in 1966. The body of a fourth victim, Keith Bennett, is also suspected to be buried there, but despite repeated searches it remains undiscovered.The police were initially aware of only three killings, those of Edward Evans, Lesley Ann Downey and John Kilbride. The investigation was reopened in 1985, after Brady was reported in the press as having confessed to the murders of Pauline Reade and Keith Bennett. Brady and Hindley were taken separately to Saddleworth Moor to assist the police in their search for the graves, both by then having confessed to the additional murders....
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Brady and Hindley: Genesis of the Moors Murders Reviews
This book only really works is you know a *lot* about the Moor Murders already. I don't. I've heard of them, but barely know anything. This book isn't really about the crimes themselves, per say, but about the people involved. However, you can't basically exclude the murders when you are writing about murders. I understand not exploiting or sensationalizing crimes in these kinds of books, but it would have made things clearly if you even got a clear hint that they were, in fact, happening. There are some clear references to some killings, but I was really surprised when it got to the point of the couple being arrested. Also, the title and description seem to lead away from what this book is actually about; Brady's relationship with David Smith. Smith isn't even mentioned in the description, yet we get lengthy biography of him before we even get to Myra's biography. In terms of main and secondary characters, I'd put Smith as a main and Hindley as a secondary. I suppose if you are very familiar with this case, you'd enjoy this more than I did, but I'm afraid this gets 2 stars from me. **I received this copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
I read a lot of true crime, particularly older crimes, and the description for this one intrigued me. It's not quite what I expected, though, and consequently was not nearly as engaging as it could have been. I knew virtually nothing about this case before reading this book. If, like me, you know nothing about these killers or the murders, you might want to read something more informative first. The author jumps in as if all his readers are familiar with the circumstances and the people involved. I was lost throughout a good portion of the book. We're given detail on a variety of people who were friends with or acquaintances of Brady and/or Hindley, without much reference as to why (or if) they matter. At one point, I even have a note in the text on my Kindle that reads, "Who are these people?" The author doesn't give much detail at all about the murders or the investigation. Even Brady and Hindley's relationship isn't all that clear. I still don't understand how or why an otherwise normal young woman would suddenly team up with a killer. Much of the focus here, as far as the case is concerned, is Brady's relationship with - or fixation on - a young man called David Smith, as well as David Smith's background, life, and involvement. The title and description do not reflect the actual content, since Hindley is more a third party in this respect. We jump rather quickly into Brady and Hindley's arrest, at which time Hindley mostly disappears from our viewpoint and the author takes us through his interviews and research. Here, I thought we had too much author interference. We get the author's opinion and feelings about why and how he pursued this, about his eventual meetings with Hindley, about what he was told, and about what he did with that information. Despite the author's closeness to Hindley, I felt removed from it all, as if the author became more of the focus than Hindley himself. This part reads more like a memoir than a true crime book.I think this would be an interesting addendum to a more thorough book covering this case. But if you know little or nothing about the murders, you still won't know much when you finish. You will, however, know a lot about a man named David Smith.*I was provided with an ebook copy by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.*
Without sensationalising the whole moors murders too much, Fred Harrison manages to provide an intelligent and thought provoking account of what happended within the life and crimes of this murderous couple. At no point in the book does he delve into particularly graffic and unnecessary detail, but manages to still bring home the harrowing truth of the murders. His approach to the subject matter produces an indepth pschological viewpoint with his 'past & present' accounts of the couple. Fred Harrison has managed to produce a piece of important documentation of one of true crimes most disturbing cases without compromising his ability to stay focused on what he wishes to achieve from the book. I would recommended it to anyone interested in the Moors murders.
I don't really know how to describe it, but this book sort of passed me by a little bit. Feels shallow, brief and rushed, rather than the comprehensive work I had hoped for. Be warned also, that you only really take anything from the book if you already have detailed knowledge of the moors murderers - this is more like a thesis on the psychology of Ian Brady than an account of what happened.
Review: BRADY AND HINDLEY: GENESIS OF THE MOOR MURDERS by Fred HarrisonMore than six decades ago, a young man of Scottish birth, exiled to Manchester, in whom sociopathic tendencies already flowered, met a girl from Gorton at his workplace. He couldn't love her (forever after he referred to her as "the girl"), but he did perceive a kindred soul. She chauffeured him, he introduced her to pantheism and to the force he selfishly served, "The Face of Death."They were Ian Stewart Brady and Myra Hindley, and they were killers. They are also icons of evil.Author Fred Harrison, a journalist and economist, repeatedly interviewed Brady in the 1980's. His account, originally published in 1986, is here updated with a new introduction. This book is not pleasure reading, but I think its narrative is significant in terms of history and criminal psychology.
Brady & Hindley: Genesis of the Moors Murders by Fred Harrison is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late April.This story is curiously short, morbid one - from the get-go, it's not apparent that Harrison takes the position as a first-person narrator, but he gradually explains that he's a prison counselor to Brady and that this book is an account of both Brady and Hindley's lives and the deaths of their victims. Harrison's slightly tabloid, slightly cautionary writing style has to be informed by some archival research, since Brady's direct printed dialogue is cryptic and vague, plus he makes references to assumed diagnoses and Latin physiomedical terms.
You can call them psychopaths. You can call them crazy. Still -after all these years- you can't make sense of their behaviour. What brought a young couple to commit such gruesome murders will probably remain beyond rational comprehension.Great read.Read more on The Serial Reader Blog.
Born,bred and still living on 'The Moors', scene of the most vividly shocking murders in modern times in Britain.Ian Brady, the psychotic/psychopath and his blond haired moll Myra Hindley freaked the nation in the 1960's as their crimes came to light.
A good addition to the Moors Murderers bookshelf. Tells you the continuing story of Ian and Myra and the children they may have killed, if you can believe anything those two say.