LONDON (AP) _ Myra Hindley, one of Britain's most hated women for her involvement in a string of child killings in the 1960s that gave her the nickname the "Moors Murderer," died Friday. She was 60.
She died at West Suffolk hospital in Bury St. Edmunds from respiratory failure, the Prison Service said.
In a trial that riveted Britain, Hindley and her boyfriend, Ian Brady, were sentenced to life in prison in 1966 for the murders of 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey and 17-year-old Edward Evans.
Brady was also found guilty of killing John Kilbride, 12, and Hindley for sheltering her lover after that murder. The pair confessed in 1987 to murdering Pauline Reade, 16, and Keith Bennett, 12.
Hindley always claimed that her role was to abduct the children and that she did not take part in the killings or sex attacks. Once in jail, she said Brady had beaten and blackmailed her, threatening to kill her relatives if she didn't help him.
Hindley and Brady were caught in 1965, after they forced Hindley's brother-in-law, David Smith, to watch as they killed Evans. Smith fled and called the police.
Hindley, who became a devout Roman Catholic and received a humanities degree while in prison, admitted that "my conscience will follow me to my dying day." But she insisted that she had paid her debt to society and yearned to be released.
Brady remains in prison serving a life sentence.
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