The body of Moors Murderer Ian Brady must be disposed of with “no music and no ceremony”, a High Court judge has ruled.
The decision regarding Brady’s body was announced in London on Friday by the Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Geoffrey Vos.
Vos had been asked by Oldham and Tameside borough councils to make decisions relating to the disposal of the serial killer’s body so that it can be “lawfully and decently disposed of without further delay”.
Brady and Myra Hindley, who died in prison in 2002, tortured and murdered five children between July 1963 and October 1965. Four of their victims were buried on Saddleworth Moor in the south Pennines.
Brady died of cor pulmonale, a form of heart failure linked to lung disease, at high-security Ashworth Hospital in Maghull, Merseyside.
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Vos’ move takes the decision regarding the disposal of Brady’s body from his executor and former solicitor, Robin Makin, whose request that the fifth movement of Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastic should be played at Brady’s cremation has been roundly rejected.
He referred to the Symphony’s Wikipedia entry to highlight its inappropriateness, quoting from Berlioz’s own program notes:
“‘The beloved melody appears once more, but has now lost its noble and shy character; it is now no more than a vulgar dance tune, trivial and grotesque: it is she who is coming to the sabbath… Roar of delight at her arrival… She joins the diabolical orgy…
“’The funeral knell tolls, burlesque parody of the Dies irae, the dance of the witches …’.”
Vos said: “I have no difficulty in understanding how legitimate offence would be caused to the families of the deceased’s victims once it became known that this movement had been played at his cremation. I decline to permit it.”
Vos said he was satisfied that it was “both necessary and expedient for the matter to be taken out of Mr Makin’s hands if the deceased’s body is to be disposed of quickly, lawfully and decently”.
He added that Makin “has not been justified in being so secretive about how he was intending to dispose of the deceased’s body”.
Tameside borough council now has the responsibility for disposing of Brady’s remains.