Ian Brady’s lawyer has said if the serial killer had information on the burial site of 12-year-old moors murder victim Keith Bennett it would have been revealed in the 1980s.
Robin Makin spoke to Brady, 79, at Ashworth High Security Hospital in Merseyside less than two hours before he died on Monday, as the pair discussed his legal affairs and funeral arrangements.
The Liverpool-based solicitor told the Press Association he did not believe Brady had any information which could lead to the remains of the only one of Brady and Myra Hindley’s five young victims not to have been traced.
He said: “I don’t think useful information is going to come from him. I think that if he had been able to assist in its location it would have happened in the 1980s.”
Mr Makin, the executor of Brady’s will, said he was called to go and see the murderer hours before his death at 6.03pm on Monday.
He said: “It was obvious that the end was fairly close. I went to see him and spent a few hours with him.
“He was in the last hours of his life so he was pretty weak but we were able to discuss a few things and sort out what he wanted to be done.”
Mr Makin, who represented Brady for more than 25 years, said: “Clients have their challenges and some are easier to deal with than others. I would sort of say at the end I had a rapport with him and knew what he wanted.”
Norie Miles, a close friend of Keith’s mother, Winnie Johnson, said Keith’s brother Alan would continue to search for his body.
She said: “Alan is still searching for Keith and has areas of interest. He will never give up and none of us will ever give up supporting him.
“Our thoughts are with him and all the other families as well.”
In 1966, Brady and Hindley were jailed for life for the killings of John Kilbride, 12, 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans, 17.
They went on to admit the murders of Pauline Reade, 16, and 12-year-old Keith Bennett.
Glasgow-born Brady had been held at Ashworth High Security Hospital since 1985. Hindley died in jail aged 60 in November 2002.
Chief Insp Ian Hanson, chairman of the Greater Manchester branch of the Police Federation, said “monster” Brady’s body should be “left out for the bin men.”
He said: “When somebody dies, it is natural in a civilised society that we show compassion. However, there are exceptions.
“He had no right to breathe the same air as those decent and dignified relatives whom he tortured for decades by refusing to assist in the search for their loved ones.
“Ashworth Hospital can leave him out for the bin men.”