I was born in 1965, in Oldham, Lancashire in the foothills of the Saddleworth Moors where over the previous two years, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley had undertaken some of the most horrifying crimes to date, murdering and burying five children over a two year period.
One of the bodies has still not been discovered, almost 50 years later!
So why is this topical again?
Well, Ian Brady is making a case that he should be moved out of a ‘secured institution’ back into a regular prison so that he can have more freedom to take his own life.
The dilemma that many in the country are facing is whether this man should have any rights at all. Why should he have choices when he ensured that the five children had none? Why should we be incurring all this extra expense to arrange the court hearings to decide on whether he can be moved? One the other side, the question of why don’t we just let him die – at least then we don’t have to continue to pay for this mass murderer to live.
It is a story that can and probably will fill the TV debate programmes for many weeks. However, every time something like this is brought up, the frenzy starts all over again and I feel for the families who are again thrown into the centre of focus.
I think we should let Ian Brady die where he can reunited with Myra Hindley in hell.