A British ghost hunter spoke out online about the death of the infamous serial killer, Ian Brady, saying that he hopes the child killer "goes straight to hell," but he also said he won't be trying to track down the ghost of Brady any time soon, "I wouldn't give him the time of day!" But aren't the grim stories of serial killers and child murders paranormal researchers' bread and butter?
Usually when someone in the public eye dies, social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook are flooded with tributes but yesterday the infamous "Moors Murder," Ian Brady died ages 79, and of course, the public's reaction was very different.
Social media was full of comments like "I hope he suffered," "I hope he burns in hell" and "he didn't deserve death, he should deserve a long, slow, painful death." And it's no surprise, he tortured and killed five children with his twisted girlfriend Myra Hindley. Even on his deathbed Brady refused to reveal the whereabouts of Keith Bennett, one of his victims who's body has never been found.
One British ghost hunter I followed on social media posted yesterday, "Ian Brady, the moors murderer has died. Hope he goes straight to hell!" Fair enough, he's summed up the thoughts of the nation there.
One of his followers commented on the post, "where he lies would make for an interesting ghost hunt" and the ghost hunter replied by saying "I wouldn't give him the time of day!"
I thought this was a bit odd. True Brady was evil and doesn't deserve the time of day. His complete lack of any remorse more 50 years after his crimes and until the day he died makes him one of the most disturbing serial killers in our country's history.
But why would a ghost hunter instantly write off investigating the resting place of a man who is pure evil, given that almost all haunted locations are based on grizzly stories of murder, death and suffering?
Most haunted houses and locations come with a disturbing and gruesome past. Some of the most famous haunted place in the UK are the site of brutal murders, multiple killing or shallow graves, a lot of these stories include the brutal murder of children. It's not uncommon for ghost hunters to report the sound of children screaming, crying or laughing.
30 East Drive, Pontefract is said to be the UK's most haunted house, where a black monk has tormented previous residents and visitors to the house. The monk was evil too, he was up there with Brady. This monk was hung for the rape and murder of a girl during the reign of Henry VIII.
The haunted house on East Drive just happens to be next to the gallows, so it seems researching the place of death of a 16th century child rapist, isn't too far removed from investigating the resting place of the Moors Murder.
Ghost stories are built on tales like this one, sometimes it's an "unnamed monk" in which case it's not possible to substantiate the claims and probably untrue, but often the grim stories of these haunted places' pasts are true and recorded in historical documents.
Chillingham Castle, another famously haunted building in England, is haunted by the ghost of John Sage. He was the castle's torturer and a big fan of sadistic and brutal forms of punishment while interrogating prisoners. Sage was forced to release his Scottish prisoners but first tipped of the locals so that when the prisoners left the castle they were hacked to death by angry English locals. The Scots heard of Sage's plot and dragged him out of the castle and hung him from a tree outside.
Brady, who buried four of his victims in graves on Saddleworth Moor, Greater Manchester, was jailed in 1966. So clearly his crimes are too raw, to recent and too real for ghost hunters to investigate without risking a backlash.
Brady's crimes are simply too big for any ethical paranormal researcher to tackle, despite the fact that ghost hunters are more than happy to investigate similarly brutal cases from the more distant past. The torturer John Sage lived around 600 years ago, the black monk of Pontefract about 500. The moors murders took place just 50 years ago.
This might prove that many ghost hunters don't really believe the stories and claims they're investigating and now faced with a real crime, a real evil, they want nothing to do with it.
Of course, I'm basing this on the comment of just one ghost hunter, perhaps he represents the ethical side of ghost hunting. While he might steer away from this topic, other paranormal experts and psychics may try to cash in on Brady's death. I wouldn't be surprised if someone intentionally tries to contact the deceased murderer in order to further their career or to "help" find the remains of Keith Bennett in that way that unethical and manipulative psychics like to do.