Mira Hindley’s Secret Parole Letters Reveal A Lot About Her

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Child killer Myra Hindley claimed that she would ‘never, never kill again’ in letters that she wrote as part of her parole board hearings.

After being convicted of the murders of Edward Evans, 17, Lesley Ann Downey, ten, and of being an accessory in the murder of John Kilbride, 12, Hindley spent her life behind bars and died at the age of 60.

According to the letters, she ‘abhorred everything’ to do with Ian Brady, and regretted her actions, claiming life behind bars was hard, and that she would have given up years ago had it not been for some very strong friends.

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She claimed:

Very few people have any idea how difficult it is after nearly 30 years to keep on coping, especially with all the stress and pressures.

The majority of people, staff as well as inmates, just use me as a projection screen and have selective memories and attack the people closest to me.

Fortunately, these people all have strength of character and broad shoulders – otherwise, I would be totally isolated and I would have given up and packed it in long ago.

Each in their own way gives me the help I need to keep on going.

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The letters were released after Hindley died, and state her objectives as ‘being released…to survive, physically and mentally, until I’m released…and to write my book and have it published as soon as possible’.