Ian Brady’s two locked briefcases ‘could reveal victim’s burial site’ – but may never be opened

Police have tried and failed to get a search warrant to go through the late serial killer’s possessions

Two briefcases Moors murderer Ian Brady had locked away on his deathbed may never be opened despite claims the contents could reveal where his victim Keith Bennett was buried.

Brady demanded his locked briefcases be taken from his room at Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside and put into storage in the hours before he died in May 2017.

Police have tried and failed to get a search warrant to go through the serial killer’s possessions.

Keith’s brother Alan has said there is a ‘desperate’ need to examine the killer’s s paperwork because he took the secret of the 12-year-old’s final resting place on Saddleworth Moor with him to the grave.

But a district judge at Manchester Magistrates’ Court turned down a police application to search them after he died of cancer because the killer and Myra Hindley are dead there is no chance of a prosecution.

Detectives had argued they only learned about them when Brady passed away – but the court defeat and further legal advice persuaded them not to go to the High Court.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said “The application [for a search warrant] was heard by a district judge on May 16, 2017. Based on legal advice the force did not proceed to the High Court.”

Officers also asked Robin Makin, Brady’s solicitor of 25 years who also controls his will, to let them inspect the briefcases and paperwork but he also refused.

Brady was jailed for life in 1965 and spent the next 50 years taunting his victims’ families, telling police he was ‘puzzled’ they never found Keith’s remains and in 1987 even took officers on to the moor.

His accomplice Myra Hindley was also taken back to Saddleworth in the 1980s when they discovered the remains of Pauline Reade – but never any trace of Keith.

His brother Alan Bennett said: “There is a desperate need to look for anything that may help in the recovery of Keith’s body and there may be something in those cases.

“My brother’s body still remains on the moor while all the other victims have been returned to their loved ones for a proper burial. There seems to be no compassion or thought for Keith or his family.”

He added that he had correspondence with Brady while he was alive and the serial killer told him there were ‘instructions’ for him in his will.

He has made a ‘personal plea’ to Mr Makin by email and letter but claims he has heard nothing.

Brady died, aged 79, from cancer and emphysema in Ashworth Hospital.

Greater Manchester Police have said they will never close the case despite Brady’s death.

Keith Bennett disappeared on the way to his grandmother’s house on June 16 1964.

Hindley had lured him into her car and driven him to the Moors where he was murdered.

The schoolboy’s mother, Winnie Johnson, died in 2012 after battling cancer and fought tirelessly for decades to find her son and provide a Christian burial.

Pauline Reade, 16, was Brady and Hindley’s first victim.

She was on her way to a local dance when Hindley persuaded her to get in her car.

They drove Pauline to Saddleworth Moor where she was raped, beaten and stabbed.

John Kilbride, 12, was snatched from Ashton market on Saturday November 23, 1963.

He was strangled and buried in a shallow grave. He was the second of Brady and Hindley’s five victims.

Keith Bennett, 12, disappeared on the way to his grandmother’s house.

Hindley had lured him into her car and driven him to the Moors where he was murdered.

The method of killing has never been made clear. The pair buried his body which has never been found.

Lesley Ann Downey, 10, disappeared on Boxing Day.

She had been snatched from the fair and taken back to Hindley’s house.

She was brutally assaulted with the ordeal captured on tape.

Edward Evans, 17, was the sick duo’s final victim.

He had just been to see Manchester United play when Brady lured in Edward. Brady repeatedly bludgeoned Evans with an axe.