The family of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley’s first victim wept as her white stilettos were returned to them- 55 years after her murder.
They belonged to Moors Murder victim Pauline Reade and have been handed back by police 31 years after her body was discovered.
One of them emerged from moorland peat during a search in 1987 and its discovery was the moment officers knew they had found the 16-year-old’s shallow grave.
Pauline was Ian Brady and Myra Hindley’s was murdered by the evil pair on July 12, 1963- they went on to kill another four children, aged 10 to 17.
The first victim of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley. Pauline Reade is pictured here at age 14
Pauline’s niece Jackie Reade said it was ’emotional’ seeing the returned items of Pauline, who is in the photo Jackie is holding up
The muddy discarded pair of stiletto shoes which are a poignant reminder of a tragic loss 55 years ago
Pauline’s niece, Jackie Reade, said: ‘It was very emotional seeing Pauline’s shoes and clothing, I was crying.
‘But I was told by my nana (Pauline’s mother) that the necklace she was wearing was fine gold with a St Christopher on it.
‘The chain and pendant the police have returned to us is not gold, is too chunky, and is not the kind of thing Pauline would have worn.
‘I don’t think it is hers.’
The Manchester Evening News revealed in November that body parts of the victim had been kept by police for three decades without her family’s knowledge.
Her loved ones believed they had finally laid her to rest after a funeral at Gorton Cemetery.
But following the death of Brady last May an audit was carried out and some of her remains were discovered at Leeds University, where they had been kept on behalf of Greater Manchester Police (GMP).
The body parts held included her jaw bone and hair samples.
Following that discovery, Pauline’s family decided to have a second funeral to reunite the parts with her remains.
In June, GMP contacted the family’s solicitor to reveal they had her stilettos, a broken necklace, a metal chain belt, a piece of material from her dress, a safety pin, six buttons and a press stud.
A force spokeswoman said after Pauline’s body was found, her then-next of kin had agreed the necklace and other items should be handed over to police to keep.
Now that the belongings have been returned they will be placed with Pauline’s remains and the second funeral will take place.
- GMP has agreed to pay £4,500 to cover the costs of the exhumation and the reburial of Pauline’s remains.
Jackie, 44, from Wythenshawe, doubts whether two other chains returned by police belonged to Pauline.
‘I am grateful for the shoes, and other items of clothing, which will now be reunited with her remains.
‘But we have an issue with the jewellery. And if they aren’t Pauline’s, who do they belong to?’
The white stilettos discarded in the mud. They belonged to murder victim Pauline Reade and have been handed back by police 31 years after her body was found
Pauline’s body was not found until 1987 following a three-month search of Saddleworth Moor.
It was discovered just inches below the surface in peat, 250 yards from a main road on July 1.
It was hoped the return of Pauline’s belongings would bring final closure for her family.
Her shoes, and other items, will soon reunited with her remains.
A necklace has also been returned to her loved ones, but they’re adamant it isn’t Pauline’s.
A necklace has also been returned to her loved ones (pictured) but they are adamant it is not hers
BRADY’S FIVE VICTIMS WERE SNATCHED BEFORE BEING MURDERED
- Pauline Reade, 16, was the couple’s first victim. She was on her way to a local dance when Hindley persuaded her to get in her car. They drove Pauline to Saddleworth Moor where she was raped Pauline, beaten and stabbed.
- John Kilbride, 12, was snatched from Ashton market on Saturday November 23, 1963. He was strangled and buried in a shallow grave. He was the second of Brady and Hindley’s five victims.
- Keith Bennett, 12, disappeared on the way to his grandmother’s house. Hindley had lured him into her car and driven him to the Moors where he was murdered. The method of killing has never been made clear. The pair buried his body, which has never been found.
- Lesley Ann Downey, 10, disappeared on Boxing Day. She had been snatched from the fair and taken back to Hindley’s house. She was brutally assaulted with the ordeal captured on tape.
- Edward Evans, 17, was the sick duo’s final victim. He had just been to see Manchester United play when Brady lured in Edward. Brady repeatedly bludgeoned Evans with an axe
Jackie said: ‘We had assumed that the necklace and other things had just been lost.
‘My nana asked police for the necklace when she was found, but they said they needed to keep it for evidence.’
A spokeswoman for GMP said after Pauline’s body was found, her then next of kin had agreed the necklace and other items should be handed over to police to keep.
Pauline disappeared before Jackie was born, but Jackie was 13 when the body was found and remembers her family’s pain.
Each week Jackie went with Pauline’s mum Joan to lay a single rose on her grave.
‘I was devastated when the body parts were returned,’ Jakie added.
‘It has brought it all back. I was disgusted that part of Pauline could be kept like that, and I don’t understand why these personal things were kept either.’
Speaking last year, Jackie said: ‘I was 13 when Pauline was found.
I remember the day very clearly. My nana and grandad, (Pauline’s parents) Joan and Amos, were still alive at the time.’
Pauline’s grave is a family plot. Her mother, father and brother Paul, who all died after her, are buried there.
It means that to bury Pauline’s remains will require four licences from Ministry of Justice to move all four bodies.
Peter Hall, head of civil litigation for Tranters Solicitors of Stockport, who is representing Jackie, said: ‘Jackie simply does not accept that the items of jewellery returned by GMP relate to Pauline.
‘From all accounts Pauline was wearing a fine gold chain and the Home Office pathologist described finding a gold chain on the body in 1987.
Another piece of jewellery returned to the family, but Jackie, Pauline’s niece, simply does not think they belonged to her
Jackie, Pauline’s niece, thinks the items could belong to other murder victims, as Pauline was apparently wearing fine gold chain
‘There was no mention of a medallion or other silver-linked necklace.
‘The likelihood is that these items returned to Jackie purporting to relate to Pauline in fact relate to other murder victims.
‘It has been another unpleasant twist in an already deeply upsetting matter for Jackie, who desperately wants to put this matter behind her.’
Last year Martin Bottomley, Head of GMP’s Cold Case Unit said after Pauline’s body parts were discovered: ‘This is a deeply sensitive matter and understandably it has caused some upset with the family however, we felt contacting them was the right thing to do and we have given them a number of options, all of which GMP will pay for.
‘The Moors Murders was one of the most evil acts that happened in this country in the 20th century and although those responsible were brought to justice, we will continue to provide support to the families of the victims in any way that we can.’
GMP have been asked for a comment on the family’s views about the necklace.
The evil crimes of Ian Huntley and Myra Hindley that sickened a nation
Myra Hindley (left) and Ian Brady (right) shocked the nation with their heinous crimes
The sadistic crimes of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley shocked the nation to its core.
Across Britain there was an outpouring of loathing for the pair who snatched children off the street, sexually abused them and tortured them to death.
Their first victim was 16-year-old Pauline Reade, who vanished on July 12 1963, on her way to a disco near her home in Gorton, Manchester.
She was lured to the moors by Hindley who said she had lost her gloves there and needed help finding them.
It was two decades later when Pauline’s grieving parents discovered exactly what had happened to her.
Her body was discovered in 1987 after the murderers confessed to the killing.
They were taken to bleak Saddleworth Moor where they located the shallow grave dug over 20 years before.
Pauline was still wearing her pink and gold party dress and blue coat.
Brady had beaten her about the head and cut her throat with such force that her spinal cord was severed.
Pathologists said it was impossible to say whether Brady had sexually assaulted her.
Four months after Pauline vanished, the day after President John F Kennedy’s assassination in the US, 12-year-old John Kilbride became Brady’s second victim.
In the shadow of the presidential assassination little attention was paid to the disappearance of the Manchester boy.
John was lured on to the moor where he was sexually assaulted and murdered.
Brady took a photograph of Hindley standing on the edge of his grave holding her pet dog. The photograph would later lead police to the young boy’s resting place.
The body of the third victim, Keith Bennett, 12, has never been found.
Keith died after leaving his home in Chorlton-on-Medlock in Manchester on June 16 1964.
Police mounted an intensive search of the moor in 1986 amid reports that the pair had confessed to his murder.
But even though Brady and Hindley were both permitted to travel to the moor to try to remember where the boy’s remains were, they were not found.
It was Brady and Hindley’s next killing that sealed their reputation for pure wickedness – the murder of 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey on Boxing Day in 1964.
She became their youngest victim when she was lured from a fairground to the house Hindley shared with her grandmother in Hattersley.
Brady stripped, sexually abused and tortured her, forcing her to pose for pornographic photographs.
Her last moments were recorded on a harrowing 16-minute, 21-second audio tape.
An artist’s impression of how Moors Murderer Ian Brady before he died in May 2017 of cancer
The terrified girl begged for mercy, called out for her mother and appealed to God for help before her voice was stifled forever.
The tape was recorded at the house in Wardle Brook Avenue, Hattersley, as Lesley Ann pleaded with them ‘Please God, help me’ and ‘Don’t undress me, will you?’
Her cries reduced the judge, jury, courtroom spectators and even hardened police officers to tears.
John Stalker, former deputy chief constable of Greater Manchester, who was then a detective sergeant, expressed the feelings of many in the courtroom when he said: ‘Nothing in criminal behaviour before or since has penetrated my heart with quite the same paralysing intensity.’
Detectives could not say exactly how Lesley Ann died. Her body was dug up naked except for shoes and socks.
Had the pair not made a crucial blunder in involving Hindley’s brother-in-law David Smith in their next enterprise, the murder of Edward Evans, 17, might not have been their last.
Edward was lured from a gay bar to a home then shared by Hindley and Brady on the Hattersley estate at Hyde.
Smith was summoned to the house by a phone call on a false pretext.
He was then forced to watch as Brady attacked Evans with an axe, smothered him with a cushion and completed his grim task with an electrical cable.
Shocked, Smith helped the pair carry the trussed-up body into a bedroom. He then fled terrified and called the police.
The next morning police searched the house, and began unravelling the gruesome evidence of Brady and Hindley’s appalling crimes.
Brady was 28 in May 1966 when he and Hindley were convicted of murdering Lesley Ann and Edward.
He was also convicted of the murder of John Kilbride and received three life sentences to run concurrently.
In 1987 Brady finally confessed to the murders of Pauline Reade and Keith Bennett but he was never tried for the crimes.
Hindley died in prison in 2002, while Brady died of cancer and at a secure mental health hospital in May 2017.