Ian Brady didn't know where Keith Bennett was buried, says reporter who covered his final public appearance

'I question whether the media should have given Ian Brady coverage, he craved attention', says Times' chief reporter

Ian Brady has died

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A journalist who covered Ian Brady's final public appearance believes the Moors Murderer was lying when he said he knew where Keith Bennett's body was buried.

Sean O'Neill, chief reporter on The Times, covered Brady's mental health tribunal in 2013. The Glasgow-born serial killer, who murdered five children in tandem with Myra Hindley in the 1960s, died last night aged 79.

Officers discovered the bodies of four of Brady's victims, but Keith's has never been found. In 2012 a documentary alleged that Brady had written a letter to Keith's mother, Winnie Johnson, revealing the location of her son's body.

However O'Neill told Julia Hartley-Brewer that "I think he was lying, and lying repeatedly.

"He might have had a rough idea but he had no specifics. He went to the Moor a couple of times, allegedly to help police, but it never really led to anything."

"He lied to the newspapers to keep himself the focus of attention." 

O'Neill said Brady was "a dreary, banal, horrible little man" and the media fed his narcissism. He suggested there is a definitely case to withdraw the oxygen of publicity from high-profile killers 

Listen to the full interview above