Ian Brady will go to a mental health tribunal today, demanding to starve himself. Brady is currently force-fed in a secure hospital.
A new court date has been fixed for the Moors Murderer Ian Brady to try to get a move to a prison in Scotland.
A TV documentary about Moors murderer Ian Brady will air with the approval of Winnie Johnson's family, broadcaster Channel 4 confirmed.
A statement has been posted on the Searching for Keith website announcing the death of Winnie Johnson.
"Winnie Johnson, the mother of Keith Bennett, died this morning at 12.35 am, aged 78.
"She was a much loved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and is survived by one younger brother.
"Winnie fought tirelessly for decades to find Keith and give him a Christian burial. Although this was not possible during her lifetime, we, her family, intend to continue this fight now for her and for Keith. We hope that the authorities and the public will support us in this.
– www.searchingforkeith.com statement
"We would like to express our deep gratitude to all the medical staff who cared for Winnie during her illness, and also the public for their good wishes and support over the years. "We hope that everyone will understand, however, that we would like to grieve for her in private, both at this time and during her funeral."
Alan Bennett, brother of Brady victim Keith, has posted on the website dedicated to the search for Keith Moors grave.
On searchingforkeith.com Alan said:
It is good news that the police have finally been able to search Brady's room and also to make an arrest.
I would say that, until some definite information is found regarding Keith's whereabouts, we do not want to raise our hopes too high at this stage. Nonetheless, it is a very important development.
The lawyer for Winnie Johnson, John Ainley, has said that his client's family is treating recent developments "with some suspicion".
He told ITV News it was "very timely" that the documentary which brought the letter claim to light is due to be aired tomorrow.
Greater Manchester Police are investigating whether Moors murderer Ian Brady has written a letter to be opened on his death revealing the location of the body of one of his victims.
Moors murderer Ian Brady's legal advocate has been arrested for allegedly failing to reveal information about where one of his victims is buried, sources have confirmed.
The child killer has always refused to disclose the whereabouts of Keith Bennett's body.
His refusal has caused constant heartache for Keith's mother, who has terminal cancer.
Alan West, the stepfather of ten-year-old Lesley Ann Downley - a girl who also died at the hands of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, says he's sceptical about today's developments.
A solicitor who used to represent Winnie Johnson, Keith Bennett's mother, has described the latest development as "extremely interesting and exciting".
David Kirwan, a managing partner with Kirwans law firm, said he had a series of face-to-face meetings with Ian Brady at Ashworth mental hospital in 2007. He said:
There is potential credibility to the claim that Brady may have written such a letter. I believe it is a human instinct not to take secrets to our grave.
I believe Ian Brady knows the exact whereabouts of Keith Bennett's grave and iscapable of directing police to it.
However, it is important to remember who we are dealing with and how he seems to enjoy bizarre mind games and manipulation.
During interviews Brady told me mischievously how when he was on the moors with the police in 1986 he walked them across the graves of his victims.