As one of Britain’s most notorious child killers, Ian Brady’s death came as welcome news, however, since dying of natural causes in May of 2017 the question of what to do with Brady’s body has been a topic of heated debate.

As our own Fiona Guy explained, shortly after Brady’s death many funeral homes refused to prepare Brady’s body for cremation or provide any sort of burial for the sadistic killer. Since it was learned that Brady’s final plans included having his ashes scattered upon the very lands he and his partner, Myra Hindley, buried the bodies of their child victims after enduring unfathomable tortures, Brady’s body has been left in limbo.


A judge refused Brady’s final request of having his ashes scattered on Saddleworth Moor. Additionally, Brady’s lawyer was told that Brady’s body would not be released until a funeral home was secured to perform the cremation and burial services.

After five long months, a High Court judge has expressed concern that Brady’s legal counsel has failed to ensure proper disposal of Brady’s body and has since stepped in to see to it that Brady is “lawfully and decently disposed of without further delay.”

Brady expressed elaborate plans for his funeral procession including playing of the fifth movement of the Symphony Fantastique during his cremation accompanied by a ceremony celebrating the life of the notorious killer. A judge has refused these requests, ordering there be no music and no funeral for Brady. Instead, Brady’s body will be cremated and quietly disposed of.

Sir Geoffrey Vos, who rejected Brady’s final requests, said in his ruling:

“I have no difficulty in understanding how legitimate offence would be caused to the families of the deceased’s victims once it became known that this movement had been played at his cremation. I decline to permit it.”