Myra Hindley - was her death a fiction ? Is she still alive in the UK under an assumed and new identity?
On the 15th November 2002 Moors Murderer Myra Hindley, 60 was said to have died in the West Suffolk Hospital at Bury St. Edmunds after a chest infection which hsopitalized her on NOvember 12th - following a suspected heart attack two weeks previously. She was said to have received the last rites from a Catholic priest in her bed at 4.55 am after a disturbed night in her isolated solitary ward.
On 18th November Greater Suffolk coroner Peter Dean was told by Home Office pathologist Dr Michael Heath, who carried out the post mortem examination at West Suffolk hospital, that Hindley died of bronchial pneumonia due to heart problems.
She suffered from high blood pressure and poor blood supply to the heart, resulting in blocked coronary arteries, he said.
In surprising haste she was cremated on 20th November 2002 althugh no family members attended. She was reported to be cremated following the service at the cematorium.
The inquest into Hindley's death was opened and adjourned at Highpoint Prison near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and a jury hearing was scheduled to take place at a later date. It opened on January 23rd 2003 at medium security Highpoint prison, Suffolk. It was discolsed that in her final months Hindley, 60, had been prescribed a range of 24 drugs drugs for a range of problems including angina, asthma, bronchitis, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and raised cholesterol including temazapam for insomnia.
In a unique arrangment for such an inquest there were no protesters, friends or relatives at the resumed inquest " because of the intense media interest in Hindley" therefore t was convened in a Highpoint building used for the training of officers at the desolate prison.
The jury of eight women and three men took 48 minutes to reach the unanimous decision that Hindley, died of natural causes: bronchial pneumonia, brought on by hypertension and coronary heart disease.
Her medical records were filed under a false name: Christine Charlton.
Graham Cook, a fingerprint expert with Suffolk Police, said that he had compared Hindley’s prints with those on the National Fingerprint Archive, which had been taken in October 1965 in Cheshire, and was able to confirm the identity of the dead woman beyond doubt.
Hospital staff, some of whom attended the inquest, redecorated Hindley’s room after she died.
Her ashes are said to have been be scattered at an undisclosed location. Her death certificate has never been published - but presumably exists in official records somewhere.
A curious tale in which the only direct evidence is from a small circle of employees of the Home Office.
A plausible tale which a reliable, honest, respectable and well informed contact assures us forms the basis of an elaborate agreement for Myra Hindley's release from custody, very much alive , after she had served double the sentence usually served by convicted murderers with good records of behaviour. A subject which has been very recently widely discussed by social workers at a senior level in a certain area of the UK.