Between the years of 1963 and 1965, Brady, along with his accomplice Myra Hindley, were responsible for the deaths of five children throughout the Manchester area.
Background of Ian Brady
Brady’s childhood was rife with small crimes. At the age of 17, he was sentenced to two years in borstal for petty theft. He had no father figure to speak of and no real male role models during his crucial years. He worked menial jobs during his teenage years, all of which he felt he was too good for, but eventually secured himself a clerical position in 1959 at the age of 21. Despite his working class and troublesome upbringing, Brady was a highly intelligent young man. He taught himself book-keeping and was particularly fond of literature, in particular Hitler’s Mein Kampf and the subject of Nazi crimes.
Ian Brady’s obsession with the Nazi regime was well-documented throughout his childhood. Around the age of 11 was when his interest in the Second World War began, which had only ended several years prior. Although Brady spent the majority of his time alone as a child, the conversations with his classmates often revolved around the Nazis. Brady even insisted on playing a German role whenever the other children acted out war games in the playground.