A NEW online petition is calling for a new police investigation to find the body of Moors Murderers’ victim Keith Bennett.
Twelve-year-old Keith’s body is the only victim of evil Ian Brady and Myra Hindley never to have been found, despite extensive searches on Saddleworth Moor.
Now former Blackburn man Tony Ainsworth, who has studied the crimes for the past 12 years, has launched a petition calling for a new inquiry by an independent police force not involved with the original investigations.
He believes a fresh set of photos and maps in the hands of Brady’s lawyer, Giovanni Di Stefano, reveal the tragic resting placed of Keith, who was murdered in 1964.
The petition, signed by more than 30 people, calls for Prime Minister Gordon Brown to launch a new search for Keith’s remains.
Hindley died in prison from a chest infection following a heart attack four years ago aged 60.
Brady is still locked up in Ashworth secure hospital at Maghull, Merseyside.
Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the pair being jailed.
They murdered five youngsters aged from 10 to 17. They were Edward Evans, Lesley Ann Downey, John Kilbride, Pauline Reade and Keith Bennett.
The bodies of three of the children were found on the moors off A635, between Holmfirth and Greenfield.
The body of 17-year-old Edward Evans was found at a house at Hattersley in Hyde, Cheshire.
But Keith Bennett, who vanished on his way to his grandmother’s house after being lured into a car by Hindley, who asked him for help to find a lost glove, has never been found.
He was driven to Saddleworth Moor, where Hindley watched from the top of a ravine as Brady sexually assaulted the youngster before strangling him.
Keith’s mother, 72-year-old Winnie Johnson, is still desperate to find her son’s body. She has made several efforts to find her son’s body and has written to Brady asking for his help,
She has recruited Merseyside solicitor David Kirwan to put pressure on the Government and police to resume the search.
Mr Kirwan said: “Winnie Johnson has spent the last 40 years wondering where Keith is buried.
“She cannot rest until she is reunited with her son’s body. Her worst nightmare is that she will go to her own grave not having been able to give Keith a proper, dignified burial.’’
Mr Ainsworth said he was prompted to find Keith’s burial site after seeing Mrs Johnson interviewed in a documentary about the murders.
Mr Ainsworth’s website is at www.anthonyainsworth.com
The petition is at www.petitions.pm.gov.uk/Moors Murders