Moors murderer Ian Brady’s rapidly deteriorating health has sparked a desperate plea for him to finally reveal the spot where his victim Keith Bennett is buried.
The child killer is being kept alive against his will by force-feeding in a high-security mental hospital.
Alan Bennett, 12-year-old Keith’s brother, wants an urgent meeting with Brady to beg him to lead police to the grave of Keith.
It is now understood officers told Mr Bennett that evil Brady has taken a “turn for the worse” and is very ill.
Brady and his accomplice Myra Hindley are thought to have buried Keith’s body on the moors above Huddersfield after taking the youngster in 1964.
Mr Bennett, 58, has spent years trying to persuade the serial killer to help police find his brother’s grave – and believes this latest appeal could be his last chance.
He said: “I have corresponded with Brady and requested visits. He has ignored those requests but I am always willing to meet him.”
Solicitor David Kirwan, who represented Keith and Alan’s mum, the late Winnie Johnson, said: “I’ve heard that his health has really gone downhill.
“With him, it’s difficult to distinguish between physical and mental illness. It may be both. But I’m getting vibes that he’s not a well man. He’s been many, many years on a feeding tube.”
Two years ago it was alleged that Brady was revived against his will after suffering a seizure so severe it broke two of his vertebrae. His heart stopped for several minutes but was re-started.
It was claimed written instructions from him said his life should not be saved if he lost consciousness – but his wishes were ignored as he is held to be mentally ill.
Brady insists he is not insane and should be transferred to jail where he could starve himself to death. His last appeal was rejected by a tribunal in June last year.
Brady and his lover Myra Hindley, who died in prison in 2002 aged 60, were caged in 1966 for murdering five youngsters aged 10 to 17 and burying their bodies on moors between Huddersfield and Saddleworth.
Ashworth Hospital refused to comment on Brady’s health.