The brother of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett says he is ‘offended and angered’ by claims from a group of paranormal investigators that they may have found killer Ian Brady’s spade.
The spade, which has no handle, was reportedly discovered on
Saddleworth Moor by members of the Worsley Paranormal Group, which has
been searching for Keith’s remains.
They claimed to have found it at a spot where they believe Keith is buried.
But Keith’s brother Alan Bennett said on an internet forum
dedicated to finding Keith’s remains: "This is complete nonsense as is
the Worsley Paranormal Group’s theories and activities.
"They are to be found all over the internet chasing anybody who they think will listen to them.
"They also post videos claiming to have picked up Keith on a ‘ghost box’ machine, all of which I find totally disgusting.
"They know my thoughts on their ‘findings’ and when they
realised, finally, that I could not take them seriously, they got very
angry to the point of being abusive.
"It seems now they, just like the other ‘oddballs’ in the news lately, have gone to a newspaper.
"They have seen their moment to jump on the bandwagon with all the recent publicity about the case.
"This is just another of several spades that have been found on
the moor. It is not near any real area of interest to anybody but
themselves. I have spoken about these people with the police and we all
agreed their ‘evidence’ was of the sort that did not warrant further
consideration – to put it mildly. I am and will continue to be offended
and angered by these people." Keith’s mother Winnie Johnson, who died
last month, fought a long campaign to get Brady to reveal the location
of her son’s body.
A senior lecturer in forensic analytical science at the
University of Manchester has examined the spade but said he had been
unable to discover its origin as it was ‘very corroded’.
Mr Bennett added: "This ‘find’ is of no help to us. A spade may
well have been found again, but it does not tie in with any of the other
information or evidence we have relating to Keith. Their need for
publicity and their desperation to get anyone to listen to them is
evident from their pursuit of various individuals, usually as uninformed
or as crass as themselves, on the internet."