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The site of the Moor Murders at 16 Wardle Brook Avenue in Manchester may have been demolished, but paranormal reports of unexplained sounds and spectral sightings still haunt the area, writes RICK HALE
Ever since Jack the Ripper plied his grisly trade on the gritty streets of London’s East End in the late 19th century, people around the world have been oddly fascinated by serial killers.
With countless books, movies and television shows detailing the outrageous exploits of these murderers, there is no shortage of media to sate the thirst for this most horrific of crimes.
And although we may be endlessly fascinated and attempt to get into the mind of a killer, we must always remember that the victims of these killers are real people.
They deserve all the dignity and respect that you as the living would come to respect.
For these horrific acts are real and sometimes the victims cannot rest. Such is the case of the children who suffered and died at the hands of two people who could only be described as true monsters.
Between July and October 1965, the citizens of Manchester, specifically Wardle Brook Avenue, found themselves living in a nightmare.
A nightmare that remains fresh in the memories of this close knit community even after nearly 60 years.
Five children inexplicably disappeared without a trace. And when they couldn’t be found the residents of the street found themselves fearing the worst.
While searching Sandleworth Moors, their fears became reality when a grisly discovery was made.
Buried in shallow graves were the bruised and battered bodies of four of the children who had inexplicably disappeared without a trace.
And it should go without saying, the entire city was horrified, and the same question was on the lips of every one of its restless and frightened citizens.
Who would be capable of committing such an unspeakable act of cruelty to young children? That answer was forthcoming.
Acting on a tip from a man who claimed to have witnessed one of the murders, police acted quickly and took Ian Brady and Myra Hindley into custody.
When police searched their home, they discovered that the house at 16 Wardle Brook Avenue was a veritable house of horrors.
For two years, the couple abducted the children and subjected them to hours of savage torture and unthinkable murder.
With this evidence in hand, the couple were charged and quickly put on trial in front of an outraged and horrified community.
When their trial came to an end, the couple were sentenced to life in prison. Where they would safely be kept away from society.
Although justice had been done, the murders left a psychic stain on the house, as well as on the ground where the house once stood.
16 Wardle Brook Avenue, Still A Psychic Stain
Since the horrific murders that rocked Manchester over 50 years ago, the house where the couple committed their horrific crimes against humanity, the house at 16 Wardle Brook Avenue was razed to the ground.
The community hoped that by knocking it down, they could put this nightmarish episode to rest.
They were sadly mistaken, as it would appear something of the victims remained. Something spectral.
People living near the former house have reported unexplained activity on the ground where the house once stood.
The unmistakable sound of children crying or screaming out in anguish, as if they are being subjected to something cruel.
Occasionally, as people walk past the land, they catch fleeting glimpses of wispy figures riding from the land and wandering around as if lost.
To the locals, this is an unnerving episode in their city’s history that they would rather forget.
However, the restless souls that haunt the land the house sits on make it somewhat difficult.
I can only hope that one day these poor, tender souls will find the rest they so desperately need.