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Secrecy surrounds Hindley funeral

Hindley was Britain's longest serving female prisoner
Hindley was Britain's longest serving female prisoner

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-- Winnie Johnson, mother of victim Keith Bennett
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1942: Myra Hindley born in a Manchester suburb, four years after Ian Brady.

1963: Pauline Reade, 16, disappears (July), followed by John Kilbride, 12 (Nov).

1964: Keith Bennett, 12, disappears (June) and then Lesley Ann Downey, 10, (Dec).

1965: Edward Evans, 17, murdered (Oct). Kilbride and Downey?s bodies found in shallow graves.

May 6 1966: Brady gets life for murders of Kilbride, Downey and Evans. Hindley gets life for killing Downey and Evans and shielding Brady after Kilbride's murder.

1974: Hindley given a year's sentence over a plot to escape from prison.

1978: She is attacked in prison and  needs plastic surgery to rebuild her face.

1987: Hindley and Brady confess to murdering Reade and Bennett. Reade's body is uncovered. Bennett's body has never been found.

1990 -- 1998: Successive British home secretaries confirm 'life means life' for Hindley.

1994: Hindley says: "After 30 years in prison, I think I have paid my debt to society and atoned for my crimes. I ask people to judge me as I am now, and not as I was then."

2002: In November she is admitted to hospital after suspected heart attack. She dies on 15th.

BURY ST EDMUNDS, England -- Secrecy surrounds the funeral arrangements for one of Britains' most notorious child-murderers, Myra Hindley, who died last week.

Police have refused to give a clue on when the funeral might take place, only revealing a contingency plan had been prepared for Hindley to be cremated in Cambridge.

It is understood the funeral arrangements would have to be discussed with Hindley's relatives, including her elderly mother.

Police have spent two nights guarding Hindley's body, amid concern of an attack by members of the public or efforts by photographers to take pictures of her.

The "Moors murderer," who was jailed for life for the murder of five youngsters during the 1960s, died last Friday at West Sussex hospital in Bury St Edmunds, England, at the age of 60. (Full story)

A post mortem has been held but no details on the cause of death have been revealed.

The chain smoker had experienced ill-health, suffering from angina, suspected strokes and osteoporosis for most of the last 36 years of her life in prison. (Profile)

An inquest will be held on Monday at Highpoint prison, Suffolk.

Hindley converted to Catholicism while in jail and was given the last rites by a priest on her death bed.

The families of the children killed by Hindley and her accomplice Ian Brady greeted the news of her death with a mixture of relief and bitterness.

Along with her lover Brady, who is now 64, she tortured and sexually abused their victims before burying the bodies on desolate moors near Manchester, in north west England. (Crimes)

The pair were jailed for life in 1966 for the sexual abuse, torture and murder of three children -- John Kilbride, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17.

In 1987 they confessed to two more child killings -- those of Pauline Reade, 16, and Keith Bennett, 12.

But as the mother of Keith waited to learn if the child killer had made a deathbed confession, she said she hoped Hindley had gone to Hell.

Winnie Johnson has campaigned for 38 years to learn where the body of her son was dumped by Hindley and her lover.

But she said she now feared Hindley had taken the secret to her grave.

"I was hoping that she would say something before she died but it looks as if she hasn't, so I have got to live with it again, yet again," she told Sky News.

"Don't ask me if I have got any sympathy for her because I haven't," she added.

Hindley -- along with Ian Brady -- snatched and then killed 12-year-old Keith in 1964 as he walked towards his grandmother's house. His remains are still somewhere on Saddleworth Moor.

Hindley and Brady confessed to the murder in 1987 but were never charged.

Alan West, the stepfather of Lesley Ann Downey, received the news of Hindley's death with bitterness.

West, also from Manchester, the widower of Lesley Ann's mother Anne, told the Sun newspaper: "The horror of what happened to Lesley Ann also killed my wife. Hindley sentenced her to a long, lingering, painful death. I just wish God had evened up the scales of justice before she died."

Peter Topping, a former investigating officer in the Hindley case, said if it had not been for Hindley being prepared to abduct the children the murders would not have taken place.

But a Methodist minister who pressed for Hindley's release said her death was "a very sad occasion."

The Reverend Peter Timms, a former governor of Maidstone jail, said he thought Hindley was treated "grossly unfairly."

He said: "She served 36 years and died in prison, it's a very sad occasion.

"There is no doubt that she was remorseful and that if she could have turned the clock back she would have," he added.



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