Twisted Ian Brady kept the resting place of his final victim secret for "attention" as it was "all he had left", an author has claimed.
He and Myra Hindley abducted at least five children in and around Manchester in the 1960s, in a string of killings that shocked the nation.
Neither of them revealed the resting place of their final victim Keith Bennett, 12, triggering a search that has lasted decades.
Earlier this year, reports suggested that Brady’s locked briefcases could be opened to detectives if Home Secretary Priti Patel is able to pass a new bill through Parliament.
Brady guarded them at Ashworth secure hospital, Liverpool, until his death in 2017, at which point they were handed over to his solicitor.
Crime fiction author Howard Linskey, who studied Brady and appeared on the Moors documentary Written in Blood, is skeptical the briefcases will hold new information.
However, he believes that detectives should still interrogate them for clues.
He told the Daily Star: "I suspect that they do not contain the whereabouts of the body that has not yet been found because I don’t think he’d be able to recall it frankly."
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Mr Linskey added: "I don’t think there will be anything new in them but I certainly think they should be opened because you never know."
In 2012, Keith Bennett’s mum Winnie Johnson tragically died after years spent trying to track down his body.
Despite pleas from the family, the serial killer didn’t budge.
Mr Linskey said: "He was not the kind of person who would voluntarily have ever given up anything like the location of the body because that’s all he had left.
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"That was his only bargaining chip, his only collateral if you like. Once everybody knew where the bodies were and discovered them all there would be no real reason to give him any more attention."
He went on: "That’s to an extent what he craved. He didn’t really have anything else, he was a fairly sad individual.
"People tend to think of him as a bit of a criminal mastermind running the police and the families ragged, but that was the only game he had left to play.
"He had 51 years in prison and died there so if you look at his life it was a very sad and pathetic one.
"All he had left to deal with was this information that he teased that he may or may not have known for sure."
The twisted pair were eventually apprehended in 1966 and sentenced to life in prison.
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Hindley died of respiratory failure on November 15, 2002, at West Suffolk hospital.
She was suffering from a range of illnesses including osteoarthritis, insomnia, depression, menopause, angina, hypertension, raised cholesterol, back pain, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, bronchitis, and the effects of a stroke.
Brady died at Ashworth secure hospital on May 15, 2017.
He had been housed there since 1985 after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
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