A friend of Moors Murderer Ian Brady claims the killer has told him where young victim Keith Bennett is buried.

Dr Alan Keightley has given a chilling insight into the twisted mind of Brady, claiming the Moors Murderer let him into secrets kept from police and the families of his victims.

And the religious studies expert told how the evil killer revealed to him where he and Myra Hindley buried the body of Keith after the 12-year-old’s horrific death more than 50 years ago.

Keith Bennett
Keith Bennett

Brady, who also murdered John Kilbride, 12, Edward Evans, 17, Pauline Reade, 16, and Lesley Ann Downey, 12, cruelly let the youngster’s mum Winnie Johnson go to her grave without the crumb of comfort of giving her son a Christian burial.

He claims it is near Shiny Brook, on the left hand side of the A635 road out of Holmfirth towards Greenfield.

But Dr Keightley, the murderer’s friend for 25 years, said: “Keith Bennett’s body is at the north side of Manchester.

“There is a deep rise on the right where John Kilbride was buried. If you climb up the hill you turn left where it turns flat, turn left at Shiny Brook and they walked for three miles.

“Brady led the way along Shiny Brook. He had a pre-laid plan for Myra to take the rope after three miles then Brady switched the leadership and made Myra go, and put the ­stranglehold on Keith Bennett, raped him and killed him.”

Dr Keightley told the Daily Mirror: “I have known Brady 25 years, day in and day out. I have seen him every three weeks for years. He is an ambiguous figure.

Mrs Winifred Johnson, mother of missing boy Keith Bennett, pictured on Saddleworth Moor in 1995
Mrs Winifred Johnson, mother of missing boy Keith Bennett, pictured on Saddleworth Moor in 1995

“He told me times and accounts and what he did were the acts of a mad man and he was deeply disturbed by what he did.

“He has said umpteen times to me that what he did was unforgivable.

“He was bored, really. He admits that what he did was evil, he can understand people hating him.”

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Dr Keightley said he passed on the vital information to police but when asked why they still have not found Keith’s body, he replied: “Because they haven’t trusted him.”

Although the 72-year-old has released details of the child’s alleged whereabouts on Saddleworth Moor, he insisted he can only reveal the whole truth of the murders once Brady dies and he publishes a book based on what the killer has told him.

Police have made several attempts to find Keith’s remains on the moors between Holmfirth and Greenfield, and back in the 1980s took both Brady and Hindley back there to help their search.

They found the grave of Pauline Reade but have never found Keith.