Who was Keith Bennett’s mum Winnie Johnson?

THE Moors Murderers tortured and killed five children near Manchester in the early 1960s.

The police found the remains of four out of the five victims, only failing to locate the body of 12-year-old, Keith Bennett.

Winnie Johnson campaigned tirelessly throughout her life to try and find her son's body1

Winnie Johnson campaigned tirelessly throughout her life to try and find her son’s body

Who was Keith Bennett’s mum Winnie Johnson?

Keith Bennett’s mum, Winnie, along with her family, campaigned for decades to try and find her sons body.

They created petitions and strategies along with the police, and carried out several sweeps of the moor, however they did not have any luck in their search.

Winnie would visit and scour Saddleworth Moor regularly, herself.

When asked by a journalist in 2012 whether she minded being asked about Keith, she responded: “No! Do I heck! I’d rather people talked to me about Keith than look at me and stare at me – I can’t stand that. It makes me feel better talking about him.”

Winnie, died of cancer in 2012, never knowing where her son had been buried.

However, police have begun searching for remains of the 12-year-old after a skull was found on Saddleworth Moor on September, 30, 2022.

What happened to Keith Bennett?

Bennett was the third of the five children murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

On the evening of June, 16, 1964, the 12-year-old was snatched by Hindley while on the way to his grandmother’s house.

The couple drove Bennett to the now-infamous Saddleworth Moor.

Brady took the schoolboy off and then returned to his accomplice without him, carrying a large spade that he had used to bury Bennett’s body.

Brady told Hindley that he had sexually assaulted the 12-year-old, before murdering him and burying him somewhere on the moor.

Bennett was missing for 16 months before the police suspected that he had been a victim of Brady and Hindley.

Because the schoolboy’s body had not been found, there was no evidence to convict Brady of the crime.

It was not until over 20 years later that Brady confessed to the murder of Bennett, along with another victim, 16-year-old, Pauline Reade.

Despite confessing to the murder of the 12-year-old, Brady refused to provide information on where he had buried him.

However, police have started actively searching for Bennett’s remains, after a skull was located on the infamous moors.

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