Case 49

The Moors Murders

(Part 1)

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The Moors in England have been a matter of interest and discussion ever since their immortalization in Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights.” Where they were described as never-ending, wild, and even maddening. In Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the d’Urbervilles”, he chose the English Moors as a metaphor for fear, ignorance and savagery.

The Saddleworth Moor is an area covering 400 square miles in the Peak District of North West England. More widely known as Greater Manchester.

The Saddleworth Moor is a rich mixture of sweeping valleys, hills and plateaus falling away to fast-flowing streams. Rocky formations jut out of the blanketed, dense peat grass that covers the area. The soil is poor, and so only the hardiest of vegetation survives.

Standing at 1,312 feet above sea level, thick morning fog appears like cloud barely lifting from the ground. The eery stillness and silence are deafening.

Its immensity is both daunting as well as fascinating.

However, in the 1960’s, the Moors came to the world’s attention in a very different, frightening light. They became the scene for some of the most notorious and sadistic crimes committed in Britain. The infamous Moors Murders.

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Victoria Dieffenbacher

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

“One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley” by Carol Ann Lee

“Evil Revelations: The Man Who Witnessed The Moors Murders” by David Smith and Carol Ann Lee

 

DOCUMENTARIES:

“The Moors Murders Code” (2004)

“Myra Hindley: Making of a Monster” (2003)

 

ARTICLES:

Moors Murder breakthrough: Cops closer to finding victim’s body after ‘crucial discovery’ – Daily Star

Moors murderer Ian Brady in SECOND bid to starve himself using taxpayers’ cash – Daily Star

Moors serial killer Ian Brady sent sick fan down memory lane in a guided tour – Daily Star Sunday

REVEALED: Serial child killer Ian Brady asks gangsters to guard ‘thousands’ at his funeral – Daily Star

How one schoolboy nearly became the sixth victim of the Moors Murderers – Manchester Evening News

Moors murderer Ian Brady says he is dying – The Telegraph

Moors murderer Ian Brady makes new bid for move to prison so he can starve himself to death – The Mirror

Moors Murders 50 years on: Alone and hated, but Ian Brady still thinks he’s better than ‘the maggots’ he’s locked up with – Manchester Evening News

David Smith – The Telegraph

Moors killer Ian Brady ‘cut his teeth’ killing tramps, top detective claims – Daily Star

Mother of missing Moors murder victim dies without knowing son’s burial place – The Guardian

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[Part 1 of 3]

The Moors in England have been a matter of interest and discussion ever since their immortalization in Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights.” Where they were described as never-ending, wild, and even maddening. In Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the d’Urbervilles”, he chose the English Moors as a metaphor for fear, ignorance and savagery.

The Saddleworth Moor is an area covering 400 square miles in the Peak District of North West England. More widely known as Greater Manchester.

The Saddleworth Moor is a rich mixture of sweeping valleys, hills and plateaus falling away to fast-flowing streams. Rocky formations jut out of the blanketed, dense peat grass that covers the area. The soil is poor, and so only the hardiest of vegetation survives.

Standing at 1,312 feet above sea level, thick morning fog appears like cloud barely lifting from the ground. The eery stillness and silence are deafening.

Its immensity is both daunting as well as fascinating.

However, in the 1960’s, the Moors came to the world’s attention in a very different, frightening light. They became the scene for some of the most notorious and sadistic crimes committed in Britain. The infamous Moors Murders.

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Victoria Dieffenbacher

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

BOOKS:

“One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley” by Carol Ann Lee

“Evil Revelations: The Man Who Witnessed The Moors Murders” by David Smith and Carol Ann Lee

 

DOCUMENTARIES:

“The Moors Murders Code” (2004)

“Myra Hindley: Making of a Monster” (2003)

 

ARTICLES:

Moors Murder breakthrough: Cops closer to finding victim’s body after ‘crucial discovery’ – Daily Star

Moors murderer Ian Brady in SECOND bid to starve himself using taxpayers’ cash – Daily Star

Moors serial killer Ian Brady sent sick fan down memory lane in a guided tour – Daily Star Sunday

REVEALED: Serial child killer Ian Brady asks gangsters to guard ‘thousands’ at his funeral – Daily Star

How one schoolboy nearly became the sixth victim of the Moors Murderers – Manchester Evening News

Moors murderer Ian Brady says he is dying – The Telegraph

Moors murderer Ian Brady makes new bid for move to prison so he can starve himself to death – The Mirror

Moors Murders 50 years on: Alone and hated, but Ian Brady still thinks he’s better than ‘the maggots’ he’s locked up with – Manchester Evening News

David Smith – The Telegraph

Moors killer Ian Brady ‘cut his teeth’ killing tramps, top detective claims – Daily Star

Mother of missing Moors murder victim dies without knowing son’s burial place – The Guardian

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