Who is Neil Dovestone?

On a bleak wintry day, a cyclist journeying through Saddleworth Moor made an unusual discovery. Down the embankment lay the corpse of a man who looked like he could be asleep. “At first, I thought he might have been lying down enjoying the view.” His eyes were open and his arms were lying across his chest in a relaxed manner. However, it was the cold weather and torrential rain that struck Stuart Crowther as unusual. It wasn’t until he got closer, that he realised that the man was dead.

Pathologists who worked on the case have taken to calling him “Neil Dovestone” after the name of the reservoir on Saddleworth Moor near to where he was found. He had no personal possessions on his body when he was found, apart from £130 in his pocket. This suggests that, if he committed suicide, he didn't want anybody knowing his identity. He has certainly succeeded in that, as nobody can work out where he came from, or who he is. It has been determined that Neil caught a train from London to Manchester and then travelled to the Moors from there. The last person who spoke to him was the landlord of a local pub. Neil had asked him for directions to the top of the mountain: “I told him there’s not enough daylight for him to get there and back today. He just thanked me and asked me again for the directions, which I repeated to him. And he just set off.” 21 hours later, his body was found. But why did he travel 200 miles to die in this particular spot?

Recently, high traces of Strychnine (A pretty rare poison) have been found in his body following a third autopsy. Police had previously found a bottle of this substance by his body, so they traced the batch. It was made in Pakistan, as it’s no longer legal in the UK. Now this is where it gets interesting: Neil also had a plate fitted in his leg, probably following an injury. The plate was manufactured and fitted in Pakistan. It seemed unusual that he would have connections to the country, but he had evidently travelled there to have the operation. Someone suggested that he had lived there and had travelled over to the UK, but demographically, this is highly unlikely as Neil was a Caucasian man in his mid-sixties to early seventies:

Police have been appealing for information since December, but have no strong leads. Those desperate to solve the case live in hope that even people who wish never to be found will always leave clues behind. But for now, all the answers stay hidden with the body called Neil Dovestone, still lying in the Oldham hospital morgue.


The Trinnacle by James Grant
Via Flickr:
This is a shot of the Trinnacle at Ravenstones Brow high up on Saddleworth Moor overlooking Greenfield Reservoir. 

Police officers digging at Saddleworth Moor during the investigation into the Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley. Police officers targeted their investigation there due to the discovery of a photograph of Myra Hindley on the moor with her pet dog, hoping to find the body of 11 year old John Kilbride. During this search they discovered a bone from a human arm sticking out of the peat, which turned out to be the body of another victim - Lesley Ann Downey. The bodies of both Downey and Kilbride had to be identified from items of clothing they wore, due to the extent of decomposition.

Serial killer Ian Brady (wearing dark overcoat and sunglasses) is pictured on Saddleworth Moor in August 1987, assisting Manchester police in locating the buried body of victim Keith Bennett. Though the killer had spent hours exploring and taking photos of the moors as a young man, during the search Brady became disorientated and claimed to have forgotten important landmarks near Keith’s grave. The search was called off after five months, and Keith Bennett’s body has never been found to this day.

Ian Brady dead at age 79

The Moors Murderer Ian Brady has died at a high security psychiatric hospital in Merseyside.

Brady, 79, who tortured and murdered five children along with his partner Myra Hindley, was confirmed to have died by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Hindley died in prison in 2002 at the age of 60.

It was not clear what the cause of Brady’s death was but he was reported to be receiving palliative care from nurses around the clock in recent days.

Two private ambulances were seen leaving the grounds of the hospital on Monday night.

A spokesman for the NHS trust said: “We can confirm a 79-year-old patient in long term care at Ashworth High Secure Hospital has died after becoming physically unwell.”

Brady and Hindley together sexually tortured and murdered five children and teenagers, aged between ten and 17, in the 1960s.

Four of their victims were buried on Saddleworth Moor near Manchester.

The remains of one victim, 12-year-old Keith Bennett, have never been found despite extensive searches as recently as 2014.

Brady’s death means that his family will probably never find out his final resting place.

Terry Kilbride, the brother of another of the victims, said it was “going to feel good” to see Brady’s death in an interview hours earlier.

“Good riddance that he’s gone, I don’t drink but I will have a pint.

And I think that will be the opinion of most people.”


The killer was sentenced to life in 1966 after being convicted of the murders of John Kilbride, aged 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17.

He later confessed to the murders of Keith Bennett, 12, and Pauline Reade, 16, together with Hindley.

He has been held at the Ashworth secure psychiatric hospital for 32 years after being transferred there in 1985 to be treated for psychopathy.

Brady had been force-fed for many years after going in hunger strike from 1999 – though a court hearing in 2013 heard that he regularly ate toast and soup.

The killer had launched a legal bid in 2013 to be transferred out of the prison to a hospital so that he could stop being fed through a tube and be allowed to die if he wishes.

He was turned down at the mental health tribunal on the grounds that he was insane.

Brady, who had continued his legal challenges into his final months, was reportedly being given constant care from nurses specialising in terminal cancer, according to The Sun newspaper.

Fun Facts About Ian Brady

1. He was adopted by the Sloane family of Scotland as a baby, though his mother Peggy visited him often. Brady never knew his real father.

2. Brady became fascinated by moors and swamps as a young boy. On a family trip to the moors he became entranced with the wild beauty of the rocks and valleys, and would spend hours exploring Saddleworth Moor with Myra Hindley as an adult.

3. Brady became incensed when a journalist wrote he had been cruel to animals as a child. Brady was in fact a lifelong animal lover and would often harass people known to be cruel to animals. “I prefer animals to people” he once wrote in a letter to his lawyer.

4. Brady was a highly organized killer and kept a meticulous checklist of things to remember while disposing of his victims bodies. The checklist included things like “check no buttons of yours have fallen off” and “scrub down all surfaces with bleach and soap”.

5. Brady idolized Adolf Hitler and would often rent his speeches to listen to while on work breaks. He was also fascinated with sadomachochism and read books by famous sadists like the Marquis de Sade.

6. Its likely Brady lost his virginity to Myra Hindley, as she commented that their first sexual experience was “very awkward”. Though Brady never told Hindley, he was actually bisexual and a sexual sadist.


BREAKING: Serial Killer Ian Brady Dies Aged 79

The second half of the infamous ‘Moors Murderers’ duo, Ian Brady, has died in Ashworth Hospital, Merseyside, of lung cancer. He took with him the secret of what happened to Keith Bennett, a twelve-year-old boy Brady murdered alongside his then-girlfriend, Myra Hindley, in June 1964. His body was buried in Saddleworth Moor, and has never been found to this day. 

 Brady was born in Glasgow, and had a difficult adolescence spent in borstals. He met Myra Hindley at a work party in 1961, and the pair of them awkwardly courted for a few months before becoming a couple. Hindley nourished Brady’s sexual sadism, and he relished in her willingness to do whatever he wanted. 

Between July 1963 and October 1965, Brady and Hindley murdered five children - including Keith Bennett - in the Manchester area. All but one were buried on the nearby moors; their last victim, Edward Evans, was discovered in an upstairs bedroom a day after his murder. Brady made the fatal mistake of including another person in the murder - in this case, Myra’s brother in law - and within hours the ‘Moors Murderers’ had been charged and arrested. Brady and Hindley were clipped and cold during trial, where they calm denied everything. Both were sentenced to life sentences,  or detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure. 

Myra Hindley died in 2002 of a stroke.  She was 66 years old. 

Ian Brady spent the last thirty years of his life on a consensual hunger strike, as he believed he belonged in a medical facility and not in prison. During his final hours several detectives apparently begged Brady to divulge where he had buried Keith Bennett, but the convicted killer remained silent to the very end.