The Trial

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture book series (PSCMC)


This chapter will examine the coverage of the trial and the initial responses to the sentencing of Brady and Hindley. The trial took place at a time when there was no 24-hour rolling new media as we have today. One imagines that a trial of this nature now would receive wall to wall coverage. The trial was, however, an important landmark. It raises many questions about the relationship between the media and the legal process. The crucial evidence of Hindley’s brother-in-law, David Smith, was seen by some as being tainted by the fact that he had a contract with the News of the World. One of the most notorious aspects of the Moors Murders case is that Brady and Hindley taped their torture of Lesley Ann Downey. This tape, which has come to be seen as the yardstick of brutality, was played in open court with Ann West, Lesley Ann Downey’s mother listening as her daughter called for her. The trial of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley took place at Chester Assizes in the UK. It began on 19 April 1966 and ended 14 days later on 6 May 1966.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Health and SocietyUniversity of SalfordSalfordUK
  2. 2.Department of Social Care and Social WorkManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK
  3. 3.Department of Health Care StudiesManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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