One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley

One of Your Own The Life and Death of Myra Hindley Infamous I have become disowned but I am one of your own Myra Hindley from her unpublished autobiographyOn November Myra Hindley died in prison one of the rare women whose crimes were de

  • Title: One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley
  • Author: Carol Ann Lee
  • ISBN: 9781845967017
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • Infamous, I have become disowned, but I am one of your own Myra Hindley, from her unpublished autobiographyOn November 15, 2002, Myra Hindley died in prison, one of the rare women whose crimes were deemed so indefensible that life really did mean life Without a doubt Britain s most notorious murderess, her death has done nothing to diminish the shadow she casts a Infamous, I have become disowned, but I am one of your own Myra Hindley, from her unpublished autobiographyOn November 15, 2002, Myra Hindley died in prison, one of the rare women whose crimes were deemed so indefensible that life really did mean life Without a doubt Britain s most notorious murderess, her death has done nothing to diminish the shadow she casts across our collective consciousness But who was the woman behind the headlines How could a seemingly normal girl, with no intimations of violence in her character, grow up to commit such terrible acts Her defenders many of them high profile individuals claim she fell under Ian Brady s spell, but is this the truth Was her insistence that she had changed, that she felt deep remorse and had reverted to the Catholicism of her childhood genuine or a calculating bid to win parole One of Your Own explores these questions and many others, drawing on a wide range of resources, including Hindley s own unseen writings, hundreds of recently released prison files, fresh interviews, and extensive new research It is the first in depth study of Hindley, returning her humanity to her and thereby revealing the woman and her crimes in the context of our collective history Scrupulously researched and compellingly well written, this book is the challenging, definitive biography of Britain s most hated woman.

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  • Myra Hindley was Britain’s most hated woman ever. She died in 2002 aged 60 from bronchial pneumonia and had been in prison for 36 years, since she was 23, the third longest serving British prisoner of all time. (The second longest is her boyfriend, still in jail, still alive, aged 75.) If she had lived to be 100 they would never have released her.After she died they tore apart her hospital room, incinerated every article in it and redecorated. The funeral was kept as secret as possible. Betwee [...]

  • This is in fact a book that I read and reviewed two years ago on my blog. I’m adding it here in the light of the recent death of Winnie Johnson, the mother of Keith Bennett, who spent so many years trying to discover the body of her son. I’ve not long finished One of Your Own, The Life and Death of Myra Hindley by Carol Ann Lee. At close on four hundred pages it’s a detailed account of the life and crimes of one of the most infamous women in recent British history, but I read it over two d [...]

  • Although the book was 400+ pages of small print, I read it all in a day, more or less in one sitting. It was gripping, to say the least. I'd never read a book on the Moors Murders though I'd read plenty about it online and shorter pieces in other true crime books. I think this is the only book anyone would have to read to get a thorough review of the case. Myra is quite impenetrable but I think this author comes about as close as it's possible to go, to pull back all the masks and show her for w [...]

  • Rather than submit a straight-laced review of the book, to spice things up a bit I thought I'd post an exchange that took place on another review website. The author/colleague of the most atrocious book related to the Moors case ('Face to Face with Evil') criticised 'One of Your Own', which ironically is the best book available. This diatribe contains my appraisals of the book, so may have some review properties. I must point out that there is a backstory to my outburst; the author of FTFWE labe [...]

  • 'One Of Your Own:The Life and Death of Myra Hindley' I can well recommend to those who read the true crime genre. To quote one of the book sleeve critics, Carol Ann Lee's work is "as good a biography of Hindley as we're likely to get." Sunday Times. I would concur.Lee's book attempts an in depth study to attain answers to the questions of the hows and whys of the murderesses psychotic spree with partner in crime Ian Brady through the streets of Manchester in the early 1960's. The author also inv [...]

  • A true crime book focused on Myra Hindley. The author tries to delve into her mind and find out how she felt about the murders committed by Ian Brady and herself and to what extent her involvement in the murders went.Plenty of detail and well researched, this book chronicles her entire life, her relationship with Brady, the investigation and convictions and her time in prison. This is my first book about the Moors murders so I can't comment on comparisons but as for filling in the details on wha [...]

  • I know Manchester well having lived there for a number of years with close friends and relatives related through marriage. What strikes you about "Mancunians" is their tough northern yet always friendly approach, and their unique sense of loyalty and close family ties. This was never greater than in the 1950's and 60's when money was poor, poverty was rife and yet those little communities of proud people living in back to back terraced houses looked after and supported each other always adhering [...]

  • Myra Hindley was probably the most reviled criminal from the twentieth century and definitely the most reviled female killer. What emerges from this very well written and researched account of her life is a much more complex person than might be expected from a knowledge of the facts of the case. Was she the instigator of the murders or was she Ian Brady’s dupe? The reader will not find the answer in this book though it provides information which may help people to make up their own minds.Myra [...]

  • Years after her death, and many years after the crimes that catapulted her to the heights of infamy, Myra Hindley continues to haunt us. Who was she, really? To what extent did she participate in the Moors Murders? And above all, why?To anyone who is interested in finding out the truth, One of Your Own is about as good a place to look as any. Well-researched and impartial, it attempts to recover something of the person behind the figurehead of female notoriety. Great attention is paid to Hindley [...]

  • Finally finished it this morning. Not a quick read because I kept on flipping to the links and I mostly only read in bed which means only in the evening.For the first time I think I am going to point to someone else's review. I think she said it all.Anastasia's Review. Feel free to like ;)I do want to say that I was so annoyed by those rich goodie 2 shoes who were always supporting Myra, financially and mentally but did not have any feelings or care for the victims families. (Just like Myra didn [...]

  • Gripping, beautifully written and a book that makes you think. Respectful to the family of the victims and to Hindley's family. Well worth a read.Update. Thought I'd reread this in light of Ian Brady's death this week.

  • I don't know if enjoy is the politically correct way of describing this book but there you have it. I did-it was interesting. I've read lots of books about the Moors Murderers (though she had a very warped sense of humour and wrote to Ian Brady that they'd "murdered no moors") but none written after Myra died in 2002.She managed to attract a fair amount of influential people to assist her in her cause to earn freedom but strangely almost all were elderly men that seemed in thrall to her which do [...]

  • Sometimes it only takes a couple of pages to know the difference between average and class writing. Any half decent author could have written the story about the Moors Murders, heaven knows it's been regurgitated so much over the years via documentaries, newspaper articles etc. This book, however, is special. Carol Ann Lee's writing style brings the story to life in a very haunting way. When i compare this to one of true crimes I've recently read - Murder in Little Egypt - which was very linear [...]

  • This book was one of the most difficult I've ever read. To try and understand the life and actions of Myra Hindley was something I didn't take on lightly. I knew it would not be an easy read.From her humble traditions in working class Manchester Hindley became notorious for her part in the Moors Murders. The author reconstructs Hindley's whole life, from birth to death, and the destruction that was left in her wake. Detailing the relationship with Ian Brady, the words become more and more diffic [...]

  • One of the more accurate factual narratives of the Moors Murderers, this book follows Myra Hindley's life from childhood through the notorious events of her young adulthood and on throughout her subsequent life in prison. At every step Hindley's catastrophic personality flaws are exposed - her complete and utter selfishness, her stubbornness and vindictiveness, her ceaseless need to manipulate. I know of at least one more prison visitor, alongside the several mentioned in this book, who was won [...]

  • One Of Your Own is a very grim yet very compelling biography of one of the most reviled figures in modern British history - Myra Hindley, who along with her then lover Ian Brady committed the dreadful Moors Murders of the mid-1960s.Thanks to extensive research, Carol Ann Lee presents a very thorough and vivid account of who Hindley was, the world she came from and why she did what she did. A few times, Lee stumbles with purple-sounding prose - but most of the time, her command of material is ver [...]

  • This is not a comfortable read at all but having grown up through the 1980's and reading the sensationalist headlines almost every other day, I wanted to read an account of what actually happened, the testimonies of the families and to attempt to fathom why someone could do this. Also I wanted to understand whether it was possible for a woman like this to change or whether her campaign to be released and her self-proclaimed was simply a managed, cynical PR campaign. After reading the book, I fel [...]

  • This is an excellent book about a really horrible person. The author Carol Ann Lee manages to tell the complete story of Myra Hindley (complete as much as we will probably ever know anyway) without any sensationalism and bias. I was prepared for a really hard and harrowing read but in fact it was quite the opposite because it was incredibly well written and fascinating. There is no point me going into the whole history because most everyone knows of the appalling Moors Murders and the two people [...]

  • This is excellent and probably the best book on the subject. The background to her childhood, her time with Brady, their separation (mentally as well as physically) and attempt at release are well-handled and without an underlying judgment.Hindley's defence that she was merely caught in Brady's psychotic aura is quite believable but there's the odd off-hand comment that shows her for what she was - her treatment of Ann West and Winnie Johnston in particular as they opposed every plea for parole [...]

  • If you want to read the definitive account of the moor's murders then this perhaps the one that you should read. It appears that the author carried out extensive research to ensure that the book remains well-balanced. The chapters on Hindley's early life was very interesting as it investigates working class life during the 50s and 60s in Manchester, there is not much written on this topic. Overall a good read although extremely sad one.

  • A well written and researched book, but my God it makes grim reading. Hard to fathom how people can be so evil even harder to understand why people would campaign for her freedom !!Worth a read, but not for the faint hearted.

  • For the title of "most evil woman of all time" I'd think Countess Bathory would like a word.This book is the definitive account of the Moors murders and goes into fantastic detail about the entire case, beginning from Myra Hindley's birth to her death and all the things in between. I feel sad mostly for not what Myra was - which was a narcissist if anything - but everything she could have been. I really don't believe she would have committed the murders had she never met Ian Brady, although that [...]

  • I was a kid when Brady and Hindley carried out their awful crimes, and like many others have been interested ever since. This has to be the definitive book on Hindley. As you might expect it covers her life from childhood to her death and after. The author holds no judgement and presents the information in an unbiased manner leaving the reader to make their own mind up about the crimes and her claim at redemption. Make no mistake, this book is not for the faint hearted but it gives an fascinatin [...]

  • I thought this was a fantastic read insofar as it gives you a good insight into the mind and thinking of an absolute monster. This is really the only book that I have read when it comes to serial killers. No doubt she was totally sick and had a warped mind, no remorse whatsoever. It's truly heart breaking that Keith Bennett has never been found and poor suffering that his mother and family went through, indeed all the families. A good read in any case.

  • I think the author of this book did a very good job. Very detailed and very well researched. An impartial look at Myra Hindley. Which may have been difficult considering she is, I believe married to the brother of Keith Bennet.I think she was a cold and selfish person. And she also had a heart! Maybe both can co-exist.It seems they both did it to feel like gods, special and superior to normal folk.

  • Ever since the moors murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley were sentenced to life imprisonment for their heinous child killing spree the 'moors murders' in 1966, there have been a stack of books published, acres of news print across the globe, and numerous documentaries and dramas broadcast relating to these appalling crimes.I have read most of the books. but the only 'proper' Hindley biography published prior to this one was Myra Hindley: Inside the Mind of a Murderess by Jean Ritchie. That was [...]

  • Dearie me. What a read. I think I need to read some chick-lit for a while. This was harrowing. Although extremely well-written, it is very distressing. There was one part in particular, where I sat with my head in my hands, listening to the audio, not knowing whether to cry or throw up. It was a tape recording of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley torturing the young Lesley-ann Downey - and this transcript was read back for the purposes of the audio book. That little girl; begging to be let go, Ian's vo [...]

  • "I've not murdered any Moors, have you?" One of Myra's typically flippant "jokes" in an early letter to Ian Brady but one that for me just sealed what I always knew to be true that Hindley was an evil uncaring bitch. Anyway, so yes I finally got round to reading this book after it had sat on my shelf for two years or so. It was interesting but to say that I "enjoyed" it would be a little odd. However, it was very absorbing and one of the most thorough accounts I have ever read of Myra's life and [...]

  • I've read about other true crime murder cases and investigations before, so I generally consider myself quite tough when presented with grisly details, but I have to say this was the worst account I have read to date. The fact it involved children, who were largely lured to their deaths at random, made very unpleasant and genuinely upsetting reading. Both Brady and Hindley were declared sane at the trial and this book attempts to put across the true story and make sense of why these murders happ [...]

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