Moors Murderer Ian Brady died at Ashworth Hospital 51 years after the horror of his role in the 'Moors Murders' shocked the nation.

The 79-year-old tortured and murdered five children with partner Myra Hindley and was serving three consecutive life sentences for his crimes.

Brady was a patient at Ashworth Hospital where he was held for more than 30 years.

Moors Murderer Ian Brady is dead

Brady and Myra Hindley, who died in prison in 2002, tortured and murdered Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans in the 1960s.

Four of the victims were buried on Saddleworth Moor in the south Pennines.

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Brady has never revealed where he buried the body of youngster Keith Bennett, who vanished in 1964 aged 12.

These are their five innocent victims:

Pauline Reade

Pauline was Brady and Myra Hindley’s first victim. The 16-year-old went missing on her way to a dance in Gorton, Manchester on July 12, 1963.

That night, Brady told Hindley he was to “commit his perfect murder“ and told her to drive her van around the area while he followed on his motorbike.

Shortly after 8pm Brady spotted a girl walking away from them and ordered Hindley to stop. Pauline was a friend of Hidley’s sister Maureen.

Hindley convinced Pauline to get into the van and asked her to help find an expensive glove she had lost on Saddleworth Moor. Pauline agreed.

Once they arrived on the Moor Pauline was beaten and had her throat cut.

Brady use such force during the murder that the young girl’s spinal cord had been severed.

It wasn’t until over two decades later, 1987, that Pauline’s parents found out what happened to her, only after Brady and Hindley confessed was her body found.

John Kilbride

On November 23, 1963, Brady and Hindley approached 12-year-old John Kilbride in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire.

The pair offered John a lift home and a bottle of sherry under the pretence that his parents would be worried about him being out so late by himself.

Brady told John that they would have to take a detour to collect the sherry and also suggested a stop on the moor to look for a glove that Hindley had lost.

Once on the moor Brady sexually assaulted John and attempted to slit his throat before strangling him.

Brady took a photograph of Hindley standing on the edge of John’s grave that night, it was this photograph that would lead police to his body.

In an interview with Sky News yesterday John’s brother Terry Kilbride said: “Good riddance to him.”

Keith Bennett

Keith Bennett vanished on the way to his grandmother’s house in Longsight, Manchester on June 16, 1964.

It was only four days after his twelth birthday when Hindley lured him into her car by asking the boy to help her load some boxes, and then offered him a lift home.

Brady sat in the back of the car as Hindley drove towards Saddleworth Moor where Brady then asked Keith to help him look for a lost glove while Hindley kept watch.

When Hindley asked how he had killed Bennett, Brady said that he had sexually assaulted the boy and strangled him with a piece of string.

Brady has never revealed where he buried the body of the youngster whose mum Winnie Johnson spent her life campaigning to find the truth.

She died in 2012 having been unable to give her son the Christian burial she had always wanted.

Lesley Ann Downey

Lesley Ann Downey was approached by Brady and Hindley at a fairground on December 26, 1964.

Ten-year-old Lesley Ann was standing beside one of the rides when the killers realised she was by herself.

The pair approached her and asked for the girl’s help to carry some shopping to their house.

Once inside the house Lesley Ann was stripped and forced to pose for depraved photographs before being raped and killed.

Until her death Myra Hindley protested that she was not in the room when Lesley Ann was killed, Brady said it was Myra who killed her.

The next morning Lesley Ann’s body was taken to Saddleworth Moor when she was buried in a shallow grave with her clothes at her feet.

For years after Lesley Ann’s death, her stepfather Alan West was haunted by her murder.

He tirelessly campaigned against Brady’s appeals and to ensure Hindley remained behind bars.

He died aged 81 last year after a long fight with a Parkinson’s-like condition, leaving Lesley’s brother Terry the only member of her family still alive.

Last year Terry said he prays for the day when Brady dies - and says the fact the serial killer is outliving his victims’ families was “a joke”.

He said: “I hate him with a passion and wish he wasn’t on this earth.” “I’m just waiting for the day - the sooner he is not on this earth the better.”

Edward Evans

On 6 October 1965, 17-year-old Edward Evans was lured from a gay bar in Manchester to Hindley and Brady’s home on the Hattersley estate at Hyde.

This time, the pair had decided to involve Hindley’s brother-in-law David Smith.

Brady summoned Smith to the house by a phone call before forcing him to watch Edward be attacked with an axe, smothered with a cushion and strangled with an electrical cord.

Terrified Smith helped the murderers carry Edward’s body into a bedroom before fleeing the house and calling the police.

The next morning, police search Brady’s house and began to unravel the gruesome extent of their crimes.