Mother and child

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By Richard Rawlinson


Whether or not we think death is the end, news of the death of the mother of an unfound victim of the Moors Murders has brought home how natural it is to seek solace in the proximity of the departed. Winnie Johnson, who died of cancer aged 77, had hoped for 50 years that child killers, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, would reveal the spot on Yorkshire’s Saddleworth Moor where they buried her 12-year-old son, Keith Bennett, after torturing him to death. With Hindley now dead, it was left to Brady to give Winnie the peace of mind of laying her son to rest properly, to be able to sit by his grave and gain a degree of comfort in knowing. It was not to be.

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