MOORS murderer Ian Brady wrote to the mother of one of his victims complaining about his treatment at the high-security hospital where he is imprisoned, it was reported today.
Brady, 68, wrote to Winnie Johnson, whose son Keith Bennett disappeared and is presumed buried on Saddleworth Moor, between Holmfirth and Greenfield, along with four other victims.
The Sun newspaper reported that Brady claimed in the two-page letter that he was the victim of "corrupt" staff at Ashworth hospital, Merseyside.
The paper said he did not apologise for the murder of 12-year-old Keith or respond to repeated appeals made by Ms Johnson to Brady for information about where her son is buried.
A huge police search on the moors - which included a visit by Brady and his mistress Myra Hindley - failed to locate Keith's grave.
In the letter, dated December 21, 2005, and addressed "Dear Mrs Bennett", Brady reportedly writes that he is being kept alive by force-feeding for "political purposes" and says he is "perfectly rational".
Ms Johnson, 72, from Manchester, said last night that the letter had arrived "out of the blue".
She said: "It nearly killed me when I saw who the letter was from. It frightened the life out of me."
She added: "I've written to him four or five times over the years trying to get him to help me find Keith's body - but I've never heard back off him."
The letter did not mention Keith by name, she said.
"He's just trying to further his own means. It's all about him - Brady. He's just playing games. I've written back and told him what I think of him. But I can't get over this."
Brady and his girlfriend, Myra Hindley, began their killing spree on July 12, 1963.
Brady and Hindley were both jailed for life in 1966. Hindley died in prison, aged 60, in 2002. She had waged a long and unsuccessful campaign to be released.