John Steinbeck wrote in Travels with Charley: In Search of America “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” Meaning how do we know how to celebrate the light without experiencing the dark? Nothing exists without its opposite. I have for years celebrated the people who I found had lived or are living inspiring lives. I highlight their examples, their struggles, their successes and failures. Their beauty. Their longevity or brevity to accomplish everything they did. Something about them inspires me. All of the choices they made put them on the list, they chose to create art.
There are people that choose the opposite and will go down in history as the worst of the worst. Weak. Possibly mentally ill victims of their circumstances. When the cards were stacked against them, still in possession their free will, they chose to be monsters.
Maybe focusing on all the good has made us take it for granted and to expect it. Maybe we have to be reminded that monsters are real and walking among us?
NAME: Myra Hindley
BIRTH DATE: July 23, 1942
DEATH DATE: November 16, 2002
PLACE OF BIRTH: Manchester, England
BEST KNOWN FOR: Myra Hindley was a serial killer of small children, murders she committed in partnership with boyfriend Ian Brady.
Born on July 23, 1942 in Manchester, England, Myra Hindley grew up with her grandmother. After the drowning death of a close male friend when she was 15, Hindley left school and converted to Roman Catholicism. In 1961, she met Ian Brady, a stock clerk who was recently released from prison. She fell in love with him, and soon gave herself over to his total control.
Testing her blind allegiance, Brady hatched plans of rape and murder. In July 1963, they claimed their first victim, Pauline Reade. Four months later, 12-year-old John Kilbride disappeared, never to be seen again. In June 1964, 12-year-old Keith Bennett followed. On the afternoon of Boxing Day, 1964, 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey disappeared from a local fairground.
Finally, in October 1965, police were alerted to the duo by Hindley’s 17-year-old brother-in-law, David Smith. Smith had witnessed Brady killing 17-year-old Edward Evans with an axe, concealing his horror for fear of meeting a similar fate. Smith then went to the police with his story, including Brady having mentioned that more bodies were buried on Saddleworth Moor.
Hindley and Ian Brady were brought to trial on April 27, 1966, where they pleaded not guilty to the murders of Edward Evans, Lesley Ann Downey, and John Kilbride. Brady was found guilty of the murders of Lesley Ann Downey, John Kilbride, and Edward Evans, while Hindley was found guilty of the murders of Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans, and also for harboring Brady, in the knowledge that he had killed John Kilbride. They were both jailed for life.
In 1970, Hindley severed all contact with Brady and, still professing her innocence, began a lifelong campaign to regain her freedom. In 1987, Hindley again became the center of media attention, with the public release of her full confession, in which she admitted her involvement in all five murders. Her subsequent applications for parole were denied. She died of respiratory failure on November 16, 2002.
Source: Myra Hindley