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TO THE vast majority of people, it will seem totally repugnant that Ian Brady, whose murders of children retain all their power to shock nearly 40 years after the event, should be allowed to publish a book of any kind, let alone one about serial killers.

And yet, in both the US and Britain, publishers are ready to bring out the book he has written in between making a nuisance of himself to the authorities at Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside.

Last year Brady went on hunger strike, claiming that he wanted to die. Now we find that he has been compiling this sick volume, which includes a chapter about the Yorkshire Ripper.

According to the publishers, who should take a good look at themselves and their motives before they deliver this book to the shops, Brady's work purports to bring us "insights" into the minds of mass murderers from around the world.

It is difficult to understand exactly what insights Brady might have to offer unless one believes that, where serial killers are concerned, it takes one to know one. In fact, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the only selling point of this dubious book will be the notoriety of its author.

Seeking fame and fortune in the literary field does not seem to be an obvious course of action for someone who wants to end his life, but Brady's public utterances have never been much of a guide.

There is one public utterance he could make, however, which might bring some comfort to the families of his victims. All these years afterwards, there remains a strong belief that the Moors Murderer could do more to help the police find the bodies of the children he murdered. Until Brady does everything within his power to ensure that his victims get a proper burial, his own human rights ought to remain severely curtailed. That should include preventing him from publishing books, regardless of whether they have anything to do with his crimes or not.

We might have expected the Department of Health to have anticipated a scenario in which a patient in a high security hospital might write a book. Instead, we find that the Government is still considering how to deal with the issue.

Provided the book does not refer to his own crimes, there is apparently nothing to stop Brady receiving royalties from its publication.

The final word, however, belongs to consumers. All they have to do to make sure that Brady does not benefit from this sickening venture is to refuse to buy the book.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 25, 2001
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