49: The Moors Murders (Part 1)

Casefile True Crime

March 18, 2017

[Part 1 of 3]

The Moors in England have been a matter of interest and discussion ever since their immortalization in Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights.” Where they were described as never-ending, wild, and even maddening. In Thomas Hardy’s "Tess of the d'Urbervilles", he chose the English Moors as a metaphor for fear, ignorance and savagery.

The Saddleworth Moor is an area covering 400 square miles in the Peak District of North West England. More widely known as Greater Manchester.

The Saddleworth Moor is a rich mixture of sweeping valleys, hills and plateaus falling away to fast-flowing streams. Rocky formations jut out of the blanketed, dense peat grass that covers the area. The soil is poor, and so only the hardiest of vegetation survives.

Standing at 1,312 feet above sea level, thick morning fog appears like cloud barely lifting from the ground. The eery stillness and silence are deafening.

Its immensity is both daunting as well as fascinating.

However, in the 1960’s, the Moors came to the world’s attention in a very different, frightening light. They became the scene for some of the most notorious and sadistic crimes committed in Britain. The infamous Moors murders.



Researched and written by Victoria Dieffenbacher



1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 



(Warning: Contains spoilers)



– “One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley” by Carol Ann Lee

– “Evil Revelations: The Man Who Witnessed The Moors Murders” by David Smith and Carol Ann Lee



– “The Moors Murders Code” (2004)

– “Myra Hindley: Making of a Monster” (2003)



– Moors Murder breakthrough: Cops closer to finding victim’s body after ‘crucial discovery’ – Daily Star

– Moors murderer Ian Brady in SECOND bid to starve himself using taxpayers’ cash – Daily Star

– Moors serial killer Ian Brady sent sick fan down memory lane in a guided tour – Daily Star Sunday

– REVEALED: Serial child killer Ian Brady asks gangsters to guard ‘thousands’ at his funeral – Daily Star

– How one schoolboy nearly became the sixth victim of the Moors Murderers – Manchester Evening News

– Moors murderer Ian Brady says he is dying – The Telegraph

– Moors murderer Ian Brady makes new bid for move to prison so he can starve himself to death – The Mirror

– Moors Murders 50 years on: Alone and hated, but Ian Brady still thinks he’s better than ‘the maggots’ he’s locked up with – Manchester Evening News

– David Smith – The Telegraph

– Moors killer Ian Brady ‘cut his teeth’ killing tramps, top detective claims – Daily Star

– Mother of missing Moors murder victim dies without knowing son’s burial place – The Guardian


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