Ian Brady and Materialism

The Story

The infamous Moors murders were committed by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in the Manchester area of England between 1963 and 1965. Their five victims were children and teenagers aged between 10 and 17 years. The 27-year old stock clerk and the 22-year old typist committed some of the most depraved crimes ever recounted before a British court. They enticed young children back to their home, sadistically tortured them, raped them, murdered them and then buried their bodies on the bleak Pennine moors. During the trial, the presiding judge Mr Fenton-Atkinson stated that Ian Brady was 'wicked beyond belief'. Myra Hindley died in prison in 2002 at the age of sixty. Brady is, however, still alive at the time of writing and resides at Ashworth Hospital in Liverpool.

The Worldview

In his book The Gates of Janus: Serial Killing and its Analysis Ian Brady offers us a fascinating insight into his deepest beliefs. Inspired by the Marquis de Sade’s sadomasochistic writings Brady argues that atheism forces us to redefine our deepest moral beliefs. If God is dead then only 'nature' exists. And if only 'nature' is real then moral concepts of good and evil are as fictitious as the proverbial tooth fairy. For Brady and the Marquis de Sade pleasure is the only god we should serve. And murder is the supreme pleasure.

Subversive Questions

  1. Do you agree with Mr. Fenton-Atkinson when he stated that Ian Brady was 'wicked beyond belief'?
  2. Does it make any sense to believe in wickedness if we live in a materialist universe?
  3. Where did Ian Brady go wrong in his thinking and living?

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