Real Crime - Myra Hindley, the Prison Years, Wednesday April 25

Real Crime: Myra Hindley: The Prison Years
Wednesday 25 April, 9.30pm

November 16, 2002: the body of Britain’s most notorious child killer, Myra Hindley, was taken to Cambridge Crematorium. Hindley spent the last 36 years of her life behind bars, far longer than any other murderer considered sane, and far longer than any other female prisoner.

In the docks at her sentencing, she appeared to possess a cold and arrogant attitude, which allowed the press and public to brand her a monster and it was an image that stuck. But who was the real Myra Hindley – was she really evil and why does she still fascinate people worldwide?
‘Real Crime: Myra Hindley – The Prison Years’ (tonight at 9.30pm on TV ONE) sees several former inmates – previously too afraid to speak out – reveal Hindley’s audacious jail-break attempt, what motivated her to kill and her bizarre marriage to an Ian Brady lookalike.

Fellow inmate Nikki Blake says Hindley wasn’t treated as a normal prisoner: “She was a special prisoner – a ‘celeb con’. So she had special perks.”

“Joanna”, an ex-inmate whose identity remains hidden, says the prison officers were on Hindley’s side. “She was treated totally different to any other prisoner that I’ve ever seen before. They used to cut her hair, they used to have conversations with her, and bearing in mind, she is a killer. It was an insult to those children and the families to see the way that she was living.”

But before Hindley confessed, some people believed she had received harsh treatment from the courts and should be free. Prison visitor Sarah Trevelyan was one of a number of high-profile supporters, including Lord Longford, who began a public and controversial campaign for her release. Trevelyan says, at that time, she believed what Hindley said was the truth – subsequently she discovered there was a lot that Hindley didn’t tell.

When Hindley finally admitted to her involvement in the murders, Trevelyan felt sick and confused. “I had this very good relationship with Myra, really, and I am very fond of her and truly supported her through all the years and had done a lot of work on this campaign for her to try and see that she would have a chance of being released. When this came to light I was just gutted…”

‘Real Crime: Myra Hindley – The Prison Years’ shows even after her death, the myth of Myra Hindley continues to haunt people. She lied and then confessed to her sins; she charmed and then betrayed her friends; and the question of her guilt and her remorse still lies in the balance.

Trevelyan says if capital punishment was still around Hindley and Brady would have been hanged: “The story would have ended there. But, because she was kept alive for all of these years, the questions have never gone away.”

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  • noor

    btw ive just seen the movie of this..Myra. what a tragic ended story. Humans… they want to be a good person .. but they don’t know how.. or may b they didnt want to search for the answer more seriously…

  • Heather

    I just saw the Lord longford movie on HBO this morning..It’s wierd I never knew anything about this story and there was something strangely compelling that I had to get online and read about her and these murders…Not knowing the story …and it sounds like they took Trevelyan’s story and attached Lord Longfords name to her experience… The movie follows their friendship and his endless campaign for her to be given a “fair” parole hearing and a potential opportunity for freedom. Then Longford finds out that she used him..she lied about her involvement in the remaining 2 murders to get him to work on her behalf!! Well these people who are capable of these types of behaviors are duplicitious by nature. I believe…they know what they are doing…they know that these crimes that they are comitting are wrong but they do it anyway… either because it fills a long standing desire or a curiosity. Why would they not then conduct other aspects of their lives with the same duality. Though they know it is wrong… they continue on the course anyway becuase it serves them in some manner or another.