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Myra Hindley

Myra Hindley (July 23, 1942 - November 15, 2002) was an English woman, one of the Moors Murderers, jailed for murder in 1966. With her lover Ian Brady, from 1963 to 1965 she took part in the abduction, sexual abuse, torture and murder of several children. She was sentenced to life imprisonment and died in prison.

Their victims were Pauline Read, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey, and Edward Evans. They were killed and buried on Saddleworth Moor, near Manchester, and hence the case is known as the Moors murders.

One striking black-and-white police photograph has been used almost exclusively to depict Hindley in the media since her arrest. The power of this image was demonstrated in 1997, when a painting by British artist Marcus Harvey[?] was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London as part of the Sensation exhibition. It reproduces the well-known image using children's handprints made from plaster casts dipped in paint. Protesters defaced the painting, after which it was restored, re-installed behind some protection and guarded.


  • Myra Hindley: Inside the Mind of a Murderess, Jean Ritchie, Paladin 1991, pbk. ISBN 0586215638
  • The Moors Murders: The Trial of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady, Jonathan Goodman, David & Charles 1986, ISBN 0715390643
  • Beyond Belief: the Moors Murderers, Emlyn Williams, Pan 1992, ISBN 0330020889

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