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Hindley files: Private papers reveal killer’s hatred for Ian Brady

Evil: Ian Brady and Myra Hindley PICTURE: SWNS

PRIVATE documents handed over by Myra Hindley just hours before her death reveal the hatred between her and Ian Brady — as she accused him of drugging, raping and beating her.

In graphic detail, Hindley describes a catalogue of sadistic abuse by Brady including violent rape, regular throttling and threats of murder if she did not comply.

The papers were personally handed over by Hindley as she was escorted from HMP Highpoint to the West Sussex Hospital where she died later that day in 2002.

They formed part of an appeal to reduce her life sentence — which motivated Brady to write to home secretary Jack Straw in a bid to scupper her efforts.

He claimed the pair were ‘a unified force, not two conflicting entities’ and that Hindley regarded ‘periodic homicides’ as ‘binding us ever closer’.

Hindley and Brady murdered five children, aged between 10 and 17, in the Greater Manchester area between July 1963 and October 1965.

Moors murderer: Myra Hindley on a motorbike

First victim Pauline Reade, 16, disappeared on her way to a dance on July 12, 1963.

In the letter to lawyers, Hindley claims that Brady coerced her into the murder by threatening her if she backed out.

‘As we were driving home, he [Brady] told me that if I’d shown any signs of “backing out” I would have finished up in the same grave as Pauline Reade did.

‘I just said “I know”.’

Killer: An archive picture of Myra Hindley asleep in the countryside

Hindley, a neighbour of Pauline’s, claimed she ‘began to shake and cry’ after reading a missing appeal by the youngster’s parents and was subsequently throttled by Brady.

‘He [Brady] grabbed the paper off me… put the bolt on the front door in case gran came back, did the same to the back door, and began to strangle me,’ she wrote.

‘Before I lost consciousness, I heard him remind me of what he’d said after Pauline’s murder, and that threat still stood.

‘I used to ask him why he kept strangling me so much, so many times — this was before the offences took place — and he told me he was “practising” on me.

‘I said one of these days he was going to go too far and kill me, but he just laughed and said he wouldn’t — he needed me.’

‘Infatuated’ Hindley, who died aged 60, refers to life in her twisted relationship as being in ‘Brady’s prison’.

Depraved: Part of the huge bundle of Myra Hindley documents which are being made available to the public for the first time

Hindley and Brady were convicted of the murders of Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans in 1966.

Brady was also convicted of the murder of John Kilbride, with Hindley found guilty of acting as an accessory.

In 1987 Brady and Hindley confessed to two further murders — those of Pauline Reade and Keith Bennett whose remains have never been found.

At least four of the children were sexually assaulted. Two of the victims were discovered in graves dug on Saddleworth Moor — and a third grave was discovered there in 1987.

The body of fourth victim, Keith Bennett, is also thought to be buried there but remains undiscovered.

A never-before-seen autobiography chapter by Hindley is included in the documents, as is her will and a letter from missing victim Keith Bennett’s brother, Alan, dated January 1996 — 34 years after the youngster’s death.

There is also a letter from Hindley’s lesbian lover, Dutch criminologist Nina Wilde, who met the killer at Cookham Wood prison, Kent in 1993.

In her autobiographical notes, Hindley writes: ‘When I grew older and used to babysit for neighbours, I often taught babies to walk with the aid of a kitchen chair turned upside down. My mother told me I learned to read and write from an early age, and could read and count and tell the time.’

She writes articulately, focusing on her early life growing up, even comparing William Blake’s ‘dark satanic mills’ to her gran’s work in the cotton mills.

Hindley was raised between her mum and gran’s house — and she describes a strained relationship with her father whose return from war brought an ‘unhappy upheaval’ to her life.

The account is dated May 7, 1985 — and Hindley links her early years to those spent in jail.

Curater: Andy Jones, owner of the crime museum at the former Littledean Jail

The papers have been acquired by the Crime Through Time museum at Littledean Jail in Gloucestershire, where they will go on display this weekend.

It will be the first time they have been made public.

Andy Jones, 56, curator and owner of the macabre attraction, said: ‘Myra Hindley clearly sees herself as the victim. Brady and Hindley were as evil as each other.

‘In the end, she deservedly served 36 years in prison.

‘Shame the death penalty had been abolished before she and Brady were given a life sentence.

‘My view is that they should have been hanged.

‘As a private collector, it is most certainly a very unique and rare historical archive which in my view provides a disturbingly harrowing personal insight into the sadistic, satanic, most depraved child-killing evil beast.’

Brady was declared criminally insane in 1985 and confined in the high-security Ashworth Hospital. He died aged 79.