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Ian Brady Continues to Cause Families Pain


By James Murray

The brother of Moors Murder victim Keith Bennett has launched an impassioned plea to stop serial child killer Ian Brady from having his day in the public eye because it would be a travesty of natural justice.

Alan Bennett says Brady’s human rights are being viewed as more important than his and today accuses the killer of mounting a macabre publicity stunt.

Keith was just 12 when he was taken to Saddleworth Moor, near Manchester, and murdered by Brady and his evil accomplice Myra Hindley in 1964.

“I see no reason why the system should pander to his whims when my brother still lies on Saddleworth Moor, having been abused and murdered by Brady in that lonely place,” said Alan.

Brady, 73, wants to be moved from Ashworth high security prison in Merseyside to a prison in Scotland, where it is thought he believes he would be allowed to take his own life. Astonishingly, Brady persuaded mental health tribunal Judge Robert Atherton to allow the public to see his face and hear his arguments.

It would be the first time he has been seen in public for 45 years after he was jailed in 1966 for killing John Kilbride, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17.

Alan’s mother Winnie, 78, has said she wants to attend the hearing to ask Brady why he killed her son and where he buried his body.

Alan told the Sunday Express: ‘‘Although this is a public hearing, I doubt very much whether I, or any other members of the victims’ families, will be permitted to attend.

Brady’s human rights have long been regarded as more important than ours. I also suspect that this wish for a public hearing is nothing more than a publicity stunt. Let us not forget how he used the press before, and the system, in order to gain release from prison and into a secure hospital.

Now he wishes to do the same in reverse because he hasn’t found Ashworth an easy option.

“His disgusting whinging and repulsive ever-present complaints are being rewarded once more. In all the years that Keith has been missing, Brady has never genuinely tried to help us find his body.”

Terry Kilbride, 57, whose brother John disappeared in November 1963, said: “This hearing should be done behind closed doors and the public should be told about it afterwards. I think he will upset people again and I don’t think people want to hear it.”

Judge Atherton granted Brady’s request to have the hearing made public in October but the ruling was only revealed last week.

The date and arrangements are still being arranged but one possibility is that it will be held in a secure room at Ashworth with limited seating available to the public.

There is an option of having the proceedings filmed to allow journalists and the public to follow events in an adjoining room.

Under the terms of tribunal hearings the judge would sit with a consultant psychiatrist and a specialist lay member.

The psychiatrist would examine Brady and verbally report on his mental state to the judge in private.

At the public element of the hearing the judge would tell Brady’s lawyer about the findings of the psychiatrist.

Brady denied killing Keith Bennett for many years but eventually confessed to the murder and that of Pauline Reade, 16. Hindley died behind bars in 2002, aged 60.


I feel so bad for these families.

If it was up to me I’d just let Brady die. His only contribution to society is now to bring pain.

I doubt he will ever tell Keith’s family where his body is. Brady enjoys the control and power he gets from it.

Shannan Gilbert’s Body Found

OAK BEACH, N.Y. – A set of skeletal remains was found Tuesday in the oceanfront Long Island marsh where police believe Shannan Gilbert got lost and drowned in the middle of the night in May 2010.

Her disappearance led to a search that uncovered the bodies of 10 people, most of them sex workers, thought to be the victims of a single serial killer.

The remains were found on the sixth day that police have been searching the isolated area for the missing prostitute.

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said the remains were discovered about one-fourth of a mile from where several of Gilbert’s belongings were located last week, a landscape thick with mud, brambles and tangled underbrush where police believe Gilbert drowned after fleeing a client’s house and running into the dark night.

He said the location of her belongings and the remains indicate she may have been trying to run toward the lights of a nearby roadway, but couldn’t navigate her way out of the marsh.

“It would be very easy to get exhausted and fall down and not be able to move any further,” Dormer said.

Dormer said police believe the remains are Gilbert’s, but will require forensic confirmation.

“It’s certainly a sad day for the Gilbert family,” Dormer said.

Authorities had combed the area before, but resumed the search last week with amphibious vehicles better capable of trolling the rough terrain, where police officers have occasionally become stuck in waist-deep quicksand-like mud.

Police have also said that much of the marshy area was previously underwater, but those levels have receded enough to allow them to make these discoveries.

From Here 


My heart goes to the family.

I hope that law enforcement does not stop investigating the other 10 victims because she was found.

Serial Killer Memorabilia For Sale

On Thursday, the U.S. Marshals Service announced that it was auctioning 60 lots of possessions seized from Ted Kaczynski’s Montana cabin after his 1996 arrest, including the original handwritten and typewritten versions of his infamous “Unabom Manifesto,” his typewriters, shoes, diaries and thousands of books. The proceeds from the sale, which runs from May 18 to June 2, will go to four of his victims and their families. Last year they were awarded $15 million in compensation, a ruling Kaczynski, whose 20-year terror spree killed three people and injured and maimed 23 others, bitterly tried to block on the grounds that it violated his First Amendment rights.

John Wayne Gacy, the man who raped, tortured and killed 33 young men on a horrifying six-year spree, has no similar word of protest about his possessions; he was executed in 1994. And if your shopping taste runs less to dirty shoes and sunglasses and more to scary clowns, a Las Vegas gallery is exhibiting and selling off his works in an exhibition called ” Multiples: The Artwork of John Wayne Gacy.” Gacy, who famously developed a painting hobby while on death row, cranked out dozens of canvases in his last years, from disturbing skulls to portraits of Elvis and Charles Manson to greeting card-ready flowers and birds.

Starting this month and running through September, the Arts Factory is offering his works for between $2,000 and $12,000 apiece, promising that proceeds from the exhibit, “according to the wishes of the executor of Gacy’s art portfolio,” will go to “the community at large, including the Contemporary Arts Center, 18b Arts District and the National Center for Victims of Crime.” But as CNN reported Friday on the “controversial serial killer’s paintings” (as opposed to, say, those of a beloved serial killer),  the National Center for Victims of Crime wants none of it. The advocacy group sent a cease-and-desist letter to the gallery. But owner Westly Myles told KTNV this week, “I see it as an opportunity to help from something that was bad.”

So which is it? Crude exploitation or making lemonade out of senseless crime? The Gacy exhibition’s press materials ponder, “Can we resist the impulse to attribute these inanimate objects, these oil paintings, to evil? Is the gallery a temple in which only those deemed worthy should be displayed, or is it, rather, a courtroom, a place all artists are equally qualified to be judged?” Hitler was an artist too; it’s just not the first of his job titles that springs to mind when you say his name.

The uneasy part of both auctions is the horrible fascination they evoke. The Unabomber auction’s Flickr set alone is hauntingly sad and strangely artistic — like a grimly beautiful Irving Penn tableau.  And while Gacy’s work would hardly make it to the MoMA on its own merits, with the right representation and if you didn’t know the artist, it could still probably fetch a pretty penny at a downtown gallery.


There is always the question of why someone would want to own anything connected to these monsters. I even wonder why.

I guess for some it is simply a shock value / conversation piece.
To some it could be owing a piece of history, no matter how dark.
Some could raise themselves by looking into a part of the abyss that they know they would never enter.
Then there those that are fascinated by the horror  of the monster on the wall blending the  fantasy into the reality.

Regardless of why someone would want to buy Murderabilia there is a greater question.

I have written about Murderabilia before and I even posted a poll about it but I wonder if where the proceeds of the sale goes makes a difference.  The Marshals are giving all proceeds to the victims and the Gacy art show will go to different charities. Does that make it alright?

In my opinion if the proceeds go to victims or charities then sell what you want. I don’t want it, but if it can help others then so be it.

I also wonder how the U.S. Marshal’s sale affects the laws that U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is trying to pass banning all sales of murderabilia.

Cornyn, R-Austin, is expected to announce today — with Mayor Annise Parker at City Hall — the introduction of federal legislation that would ban online sales of such items by making it illegal for prisoners, or another person on their behalf, to mail items to be sold in interstate commerce. The bill aims to remove the financial incentive for prisoners to sell murderabilia and allows victims to recover damages and legal fees from violators.

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I am against criminals profiting from their crimes at the same time I am not sure where the line should be drawn. There are so many gray areas.

If a serial killer has children can the mother of those children auction things to support the kids?

If a person writes to a prisoner and later wants to sell the letters is that alright? What if while corresponding with the prisoner they sent money? Does that count as the prisoner gaining a profit?
(Side note; how different is this from a reporter or author bringing food, soda or snacks to a prisoner?)

There are many sites where one can buy murderabilia if they so choose. Some of the sellers admit that part of the money goes to the criminal and others say that all the criminal gets is attention and correspondence. Some give to victim’s groups and others do not.

The question is,

When, if ever, is it alright to buy or sale murderabilia?

If you want human rights you must behave like a human

It’s our human right to have the chance of freedom, claim notorious killers sentenced to die in prison


Three notorious murderers sentenced to die in jail are demanding their ‘human right’ to be considered for freedom.

In an explosive move, the unelected European Court of Human Rights has agreed to hear the cases, putting Strasbourg on a collision course with the UK Government and enraging victims.

Each killer committed crimes so serious they were handed a ‘whole life’ sentence by the courts.

But Jeremy Bamber, Peter Moore and Douglas Vinter argue these should be subject to ‘regular review’ to prove they have reformed.

Can they understand that their actions, their abuse of freedom and their choice to destroy others is what caused them to lose their ‘rights’? How can they not get that? How can anyone else support them in this fight?

They say condemning them to die in jail amounts to ‘inhuman or degrading treatment’ and breaches their right to a fair trial.

Inhuman? Degrading?

Murdering others is inhuman and degrading. THEY chose to do that now you have your ‘rewards’! If the shoe fits wear it.

They gave up the rights they claim to be in violation when they proved themselves to be severe threats to society in general. These individuals chose to act in a way that severely violated the rights of those that they killed, those that cared for and knew the people that they killed and society by causing fear. These individuals made the decisions they did and chose to give up their rights.

If the court rules in their favour, every one of the 41 ‘whole life’ killers behind bars is handed a chance to get out.

Some of the country’s worst killers could then insist on release hearings, including Moors Murderer Ian Brady, Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe and Rose West.

This is insane. The worst of the worst will be given the chance to again walk the streets. Even the chance is a horrifying prospect.

The case has provoked fury from ministers, who have pledged to fight the ruling ‘tooth and nail’.

I hope that the public also fights to make sure that serial killers do not get released back into their societies. The public needs to protest loudly against this. They can not simply hope that the worst will never actually be released because the chance that someone will cry hard and loud enough about their supposed reformed value may get them out.

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said: ‘It goes without saying that the Government will be fighting the case vigorously and defending the principle of the whole life tariff.

‘There will always be a small number of prisoners whose crimes are so appalling that judges rule that they should never become eligible for parole.

‘Their decisions should be upheld.’

All convicted murderers are given life sentences but in most cases judges set a minimum term – of up to 30 years.

After this, the parole board rules on whether or not they are safe to be released.

But courts hand out a ‘whole life’ term if the crime is seen as ‘exceptionally serious’.

They are given to repeat killers who plan their crimes or have a sadistic or sexual motive.

Child killers who abduct their victims or abuse them may also receive a whole life sentence.

The case will come before the Strasbourg court within months.

Parole boards have routinely allowed violent offenders to return to general society. In the USA Arthur Shawcross was paroled after 14 1/2 years (on a 25 yr sentence) even though he raped, tortured and murdered two children. The parole board overlooked a report that said he was a danger instead relying on another report that praised his good behavior while in prison. It is usually easier for serial criminals to ‘behave’ in prison due to the tight schedules and the fact that they know parole is dependent on their behavior. They out smart the parole system all too often.

Let’s take a look at these three upstanding citizens that feel their rights have been violated.

Jeremy Bamber slaughtered five members of his family in 1985. He shot his adoptive parents, June and Nevill, his sister Sheila Caffell and her six-year-old twins Daniel and Nicholas at their house in Essex.

Welsh serial killer Peter Moore was jailed for life in 1996 for murdering Henry Roberts, 56, Edward Carthy, 28, Keith Randles, 49 and Anthony Davies, 40.

The men were repeatedly stabbed and left half-naked.

Bodybuilder Douglas Vinter was released from prison after nine years for killing a work colleague, Carl Edon, 22, in 1995.

On his release, he stabbed his wife Anne White four times and strangled her.

So, we have a family annihilator who did not even have a problem killing little kids, a serial killer and double murderer whose second killing was committed right after his release on the first murder charge.

Last night Mr Edon’s mother, Valerie, 65, said: ‘Don’t we have any human rights, what about the victims? He’s a monster. He will definitely kill again if he gets out.’

Miss White’s mother, Peggy, 65, added: ‘It’s scandalous what he’s trying to do. There are two families ruined because of what he’s done.’

I think those are the voices that need to be heard. These two mothers need to scream their feelings from the roof tops before some commission decides to give these repeat violent offenders the chance to kill in the general public once again.

Of course, I say reinstate capital punishment,  but that is just my opinion.


A blog with a different take.

Psychopath – Documentary, VERY in depth.

Self centered. Egotistical.Horrific crimes. Do not experience emotions, love, empathy the way most do.
They can sing the lyrics but do not know the melody….
They can kiss or kills without a thought, without conscience.
Most are not involved in criminal activity.
When it comes to their families, they typically abandon multiple children, move from relationship to relationship and commit spousal assault.
They are versatile in the crimes that they commit, violent crimes, sex crimes, property crimes, conning and manipulative crimes. They steal lie and cheat.
In the work place they are disruptive, always into what is in it for themselves, they might make a name for themselves but they ruin others in the process.
They are actually the minority of prison population but the enormity of the damage of their crimes compared to population is large.
They are also more likely to re offend.
Dr. Robert Hare is a pioneer, he created a unified psychopathy test used by many experts.
It has been proven that those in the medical field and law enforcement can and have been be blinded by psychopaths.
They are not crazy they know right from wrong. The are very careful, go to extremes to cover the crimes.
Psychopathic personality disorder is also often found in those involved in politics, business, academics, sports and religion, particularly in priests. They are often very successful in their chosen path.

Part 1

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Part 4 Psychopathy in children?
Also, is it biological? I don’t think so, but some do.

Part 5 : Looks at other “causes” and also failures in treatment. Treated psychopaths actually re-offend more often.
Are microchip implants an answer? A possibility? Humane? IF they work…….

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