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Exclusive: Family of Moors Murder victim 'waiting for the day' Ian Brady dies

The stepfather of Moors Murder victim Lesley Ann Downey has died, and his family say he was haunted by what happened to the very end.

Alan West always hoped he'd find closure from the death of Ian Brady.

Lesley Ann Downey

But he never got to see that day and now only Lesley's brother Terry survives. In an exclusive interview, he says the killer outliving the victims' families has caused them even more pain.

Our correspondent Rob Smith reports.

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Moors murderer condemns tribunal as "wasted" public money

Brady condemned his tribunal in a letter to a journalist Credit: Channel 5 News

The Moors Murderer, Ian Brady, has written a 700-word letter in which he condemns a mental health tribunal's decision to keep him locked in a secure hospital.

Brady describes the tribunal as "£250,000 wasted by Ashworth medical mediocrities manipulating a politically motivated tribunal... designed to distract public attention from the lack of reasoned argument and pertinent evidence."

The letter is 700 words in length Credit: Channel 5 News

The killer sent the letter to Channel 5 News. In it, he criticises those who gave evidence: "'The pathetic petty abuse... rubberstamp witnesses employed to smear, discredit and distract, revealed more about Ashworth's collective culture of applied ignorance and malice than it did about me."

Brady sketched at his mental health tribunal Credit: ITV

Brady continues by writing: "Those listening in the real world would have doubted their senses."

Brady's signature Credit: Channel 5 News
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