Myra Hindley (1942–2002) was a notorious English murderer known as the ‘Moors Murderess’. Between 1963 and 1965 she and her lover, Ian Brady, killed five youngster aged between ten and seventeen: at least one of the killings was tape-recorded.
The pair were convicted of three murders in 1966; Hindley was sent to Holloway prison, and quickly won many friends, claiming she had reformed. It was to be another twenty years before they finally confessed to two other murders. Despite extensive searches one body has never been recovered.
Despite a long campaign for her release, led by lord Longford, Myra Hindley died in prison in 2002 – the UK’s longest-detained female prisoner. After nineteen years in prison Ian Brady was transfered to a secure mental hospital where he remains.
The murders had such a shocking impact that it was the fortieth anniversary of her trial before Myra Hindley was portrayed on screen.