Archive for August, 2012

Mother of victim is tortured to the end | Herald Scotland

Mother of victim is tortured to the end | Herald Scotland.

Winnie Johnson, 78, died in a hospice in the early morning hours on Saturday August 18th , tragically unaware of the revelation just 24 hours earlier that Brady may have disclosed the location of Keith Bennett’s body in a supposed letter addressed to her to be opened on his death.

Brady, the killer of her 12-year-old son, has always refused to say where he and his lover and accomplice, Myra Hindley, buried him despite decades of pleading from his victim’s grieving mother.

Brady, 74, and Hindley, who died in jail in 2002 aged 60, were responsible for the murders of five youngsters in the 1960s. Most were sexually tortured before being buried on Saddleworth Moor, with Bennett’s body the only one yet to be found.

In a statement on behalf of the family, Keith’s brother, Alan Bennett, said: “She was a much loved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and is survived by one younger brother.

“Winnie fought tirelessly for decades to find Keith and give him a Christian burial. Although this was not possible during her lifetime, her family intend to continue this fight now for her and for Keith. We hope that the authorities and the public will support us in this.”

Brady and Hindley were jailed in 1966 for the murders of John Kilbride, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17. In 1987 the pair finally admitted killing Keith and Pauline Reade, 16, and were taken back to the moor to help police find the remains of the missing victims, but only Pauline’s body was found.

RIP Ms. Johnson


Brady’s mental health advocate, Jackie Powell, told a Channel 4 documentary to be screened tomorrow night that he gave her a sealed envelope containing a letter to pass to Johnson in the event of his death.

That information was passed to police and Powell, 49, was arrested on Thursday at her home in South Wales, on suspicion of preventing the burial of a body without lawful exercise.

She was released on bail pending further inquiries. It is understood she claims she returned the envelope to Brady before her arrest.

A search of Brady’s quarters at Ashworth Hospital has also failed to uncover the alleged letter.

Johnson’s lawyer John Ainley said Brady still held the key to finding the burial spot: “Despite her personal appeals directly to Brady and via my office, he persistently ignored the wishes of a grieving mother.

“She has died without knowing Keith’s whereabouts and without the opportunity to finally put him at rest in a decent grave.

“It is a truly heartbreaking situation that this opportunity has now been irrevocably lost.”

Martin Bottomley, of Greater Manchester Police’s major and cold case crime unit, paid tribute to Johnson for spending most of her life “courageously fighting to get justice for Keith”.

Manhunt Ends as Chinese Police Gun Down Serial Killer – China Real Time Report – WSJ

Manhunt Ends as Chinese Police Gun Down Serial Killer – China Real Time Report – WSJ.


A four-day manhunt involving thousands of policemen and soldiers came to an end Tuesday when one of China’s most wanted serial killers was gunned down Tuesday morning in the southwestern city of Chongqing.

The news prompted expressions of relief online, but also gave rise to questions about the way authorities handled the case.

Reuters/China Daily
Police carry away the body of Zhou Kehua, the fugitive serial killer and armed robber, from the spot he was shot dead, in Chongqing Municipality, August 14, 2012.

Zhou Kehua, described by police as “ruthless and highly dangerous,” was wanted in connection to multiple crimes dating to 2004 involving the deaths of nine people and injuries of another five, according to state media. He was the chief suspect in a fatal armed robbery in Chongqing on Friday and also allegedly shot a police officer who tried to stop and question him over the weekend.

Zhou was killed in a leather factory in Chongqing’s Shapingba district around 6:50am on Tuesday after being spotted by undercover police, the state-run China Daily reported. The two sides exchanged fire, and Zhou was eventually shot dead, the paper said citing the Chongqing Morning News.

A series of graphic images posted widely on state-run media websites and elsewhere(warning: images are disturbing) showed Zhou lying face down next to a brick wall, blood appearing to gush from a wound in his head.

Local media reports speculated on Monday the chances of Zhou surviving his capture were low, saying he was likely to respond to the manhunt with force.

Many users on Sina Corp.’s Weibo microblogging service applauded the efforts of the police.

“If he wasn’t killed, it wouldn’t appease the public anger, Chongqing police did well!”declared one user of Sina Corp.’s Weibo microblogging service.

In a report detailing events leading up to Tuesday morning, China’s state broadcaster said police were aware Zhou had been hiding in the city after spotting him in footage from a store surveillance camera on Saturday. A much-publicized manhunt in the mountains on the outskirts of Chognqing over the past few days was a ruse meant to fool Zhou into thinking he was safe, the report said.

Not everyone lauded the operation. Some social media users, for example, questioned whether police were handling evidence properly after a photo was published showing an unidentified man rifling through Zhou’s belongings without wearing gloves. Others, meanwhile, cast doubt on the police version of events.

“Reports stated he was shot during a firefight with the police, but from the pictures you can’t tell he tried pulling out a gun,” one reader wrote on the Phoenix TV website, noting that photos showed Zhou’s guns laying at a remove from his body.

Still others lamented that he hadn’t be captured instead of killed.

“It would have been more perfect to capture him alive. That way we could have found out how he was able to evade the police for so many years,” wrote another Phoenix reader.

Still, the overwhelming sentiment was one of relief. “A figure like Zhou Kehua causes panic,” wrote one Weibo user posting under the hashtag #ZhouKehuaShotDead#. “Society needs the stability.”

– Sandra Hu. Follow her on Twitter @SandwaHu

Ian Brady’s lawyer arrested after serial killer may have revealed location of last victim’s body in Saddleworth Moors | Mancunian Matters

Ian Brady’s lawyer arrested after serial killer may have revealed location of last victim’s body in Saddleworth Moors | Mancunian Matters.


Keith Bennett was 12 years old when he was abducted by Brady and his girlfriend Myra Hindley on June 16 1964 and his body is the only one to have not been found.

The couple buried at least five victims in Saddleworth Moors and officers now believe that Brady has disclosed the location of his last victim to his lawyer.

It is also believed he has written a letter to Keith’s mother Winnie Johnson that is not to be opened until after his death.

Jackie Powell, Brady’s mental health advocate, was arrested in South Wales yesterday – a number of documents were seized from the address and are currently being examined by officers.Martin Bottomley, Head of Investigative Review of Greater Manchester Police’s Major and Cold Case Crime Unit, said: “The Moors murders cast a long and dark shadow over the history of our region but in 2009 we reluctantly concluded there was no longer any specific information to identify new search areas and the investigation to find Keith entered a dormant stage. “However, we have always stressed this is a case we will never close. We have been, and always will be, open to pursuing any new lines of inquiry that arise from significant scientific advances or credible and actionable information. “I want to be explicitly clear about this: Ian Brady has not revealed to police the location of Keith’s body. “What we are looking at is the possibility, and at this stage it is only a possibility, that he has written a letter to Keith’s mum Winnie Johnson which was not to be opened until after his death. We do not know if this is true or simply a ruse but we clearly have a duty to investigate such information on behalf of Keith’s family.”

He just needs to die already.

His parole hearing is August 14, so all letters or phone calls need to be in by Friday. Faxing or emailing is the best route.

Elmer Wayne Henley, Jr. (born May 9, 1956) is a convicted American serial killer, incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) system. Henley was convicted in 1974[1]:219 for his role in a series of murders in Houston, Texas between 1970 and 1973 in which a minimum of twenty-eight teenage boys were abducted, raped and murdered by Dean Corll. Many of the victims were lured to Corll’s home by Henley or Corll’s other teenage accomplice, David Brooks. Corll was shot dead by Henley, then 17 years old,[2] on August 8, 1973.

Bonnie's Blog of Crime

Elmer Wayne Henley

PALESTINE BOARD OFFICE 133 E. Reagan Street Palestine, TX 75801

Phone Number: 903-723-1068 Fax Number: 903-723-1441
Email: (fastest)

Michelle Skyrme, Board Member
James Hensarling, Parole Commissioner
Troy G. Fox, Parole Commissioner

Must include the following:
Elmer Wayne Henley TDCJ# 241618

Sample Letter:

133 E. Reagan Street
Palestine, TX 75801

Members of the Texas Board of Parole Hearings:
Re: Parole Hearing Planned for Elmer Wayne Henley, TDCJ #241618

Please DO NOT grant parole to Elmer Wayne Henley, TDCJ #241618. As a concerned citizen, I am writing to protest the projected parole of this convicted multiple murderer.

Between 1970 – 1973, Elmer Wayne Henley, along with Dean Corll and David Owen Brooks, abducted, raped, tortured and killed at least 29 known victims, with a great chance that there are more victims not found still to this day.

The heinous nature of the murders of these…

View original post 264 more words

%d bloggers like this: