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article imageReview: Born To Kill — Myra Hindley Special

By Alexander Baron     Feb 28, 2013 in Entertainment
Gorton - Does Britain or the world need another documentary about the Moors Murders or Myra Hindley? Probably not, but a programme like this is about more than one evil woman.
This programme indeed this series has been shown before. It is currently available on Demand 5, but if you are unable to receive it or read this late, it can be found on the usual video sites.
If you are not au fait with the Moors Murderers - lovers Brady and Hindley - you will find a retrospective here.
For the younger generation, the name Myra Hindley is probably not synonymous with evil the way it was in the 1970s and all through the 1980s, especially 1986 when after decades of denial, Hindley confessed to taking part in further murders and attempted to lead detectives to the victims' bodies. One, that of 16 year old Pauline Reade, was found the following year.
This programme speaks to the usual suspects, including the tragic Winnie Johnson, now deceased. Probably more than anyone else, Mrs Johnson had been haunted by especially Hindley knowing that her son John Kilbride lies buried in a shallow grave somewhere beneath Saddleworth Moor.
Although she died without giving him the burial she desired, she did have the good fortune to outlive Hindley by a considerable measure at the reasonably advanced age of 78. Hindley died unloved and also unmourned in 2002 aged 60, still dreaming that she would one day be a free woman again.
Stalybridge Country Park near Manchester where the ashes of Moors Murderess Myra Hindley were scatte...
Stalybridge Country Park near Manchester where the ashes of Moors Murderess Myra Hindley were scattered.
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The ostensible purpose of this programme was to ask the question was Myra Hindley born evil? The consensus appears to be that if she hadn't met Ian Brady she would not have descended to the depths of depravity that she did. The same can be said of Rose West, who was featured in the same series. The bottom line though is that both these women made choices; they were not the moral equivalent of rape victims who said no but were forced to kill anyway.
The brother of John Kilbride who appeared in this programme had Hindley sussed. While her partner-in-crime has accepted what he is and that he must die behind bars, Hindley's concern was always and only to taste freedom again, and everything she did from the day of her conviction was directed towards that goal, which thankfully failed.
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