Leslie, Lesley Ann Downey, Downey Lesley discussed on Today in True Crime
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Welcome to today in true crime a spotify original from podcast due to the graphic nature of today's crimes. Listener discretion is advised extreme caution is advised for listeners under thirteen. Today, we're covering the grisly end of the search for ten year old Leslie and. Let's go back to October Sixteenth Nineteen sixty-five to win eerie isolated place in northern England known as Saddleworth Moor. The Manchester Police spread out across Saddleworth a thirty mile expanse of hill country. They were determined to find Lesley Ann Downey and had strong reason to believe she was buried somewhere on the more unfortunately authorities had only discovered that information while investigating the murder of another youth named. Edward. The sudden break came under. Circumstances but it meant investigators finally had the chance to solve a mystery that had haunted Manchester and Leslie family for ten long months. Leslie was last seen on December twenty, six, nine, thousand, nine, hundred, sixty, four boxing day in England the Brunette blue eyed ten year old lived in an apartment in Manchester with her mother three brothers and her mother's fiance shy polite. Leslie was likely in high spirits that day she'd gotten a toy sewing machine from Santa the morning before and there was no cause for post. Christmas blues. She was even going to a local holiday carnival with her neighbors and siblings her mother had given her a whole six pence to spend. The carnival was a winter wonderland, but by early evening Leslie was left alone at the fair. Some sources indicate that are friends had run out of money and gone home while others say she was left there by her older brother either way Leslie was defenseless as she strolled straight into the path of dangerous killer who upon first glance appeared just as innocent and wholesome as Leslie. Herself. A young woman in her twenties walked by Leslie that night dropping a bag onto the ground as she passed, she asked Leslie to help her pick it up and loaded in her car which the polite girl gladly. In the parking lot the woman asked if Leslie wanted to ride home, she allegedly accepted and the two drove off together. That was the last night. Anyone saw Lesley Ann Downey alive. When Lesley's mother and her future husband Alan realized the girl was missing they set off for the fairground to find her after having no luck there. They went to the police though Lesley's family held out. Hope as the officers mounted a search effort, the little girl would remain missing until. October nineteen, sixty five. That month Manchester Police received unsettling information from a traumatized young man named David Smith. He claimed that the night before he'd witnessed his sister in Law Myra Hindley and her boyfriend he and Brady brutally murder a teenager named Edward Evans. Ian Was a mentor to David and made him promise to return the next day to help them Berry Evans in Saddleworth more. But David went to the police instead leading officers to Ian. And Mira's home. After a search they discovered Edwards Body hacked to pieces by an axe by October eleventh, ESPN and Myra were in police custody. The couple's crime was horrific but David claimed it was only the tip of the iceberg Ian and Myra. Had told him that they had killed before. After searching the couples belongings, officers found photos of Saddleworth more along with a notebook page on which a single name was scribbled over and over John Kilbride. Kilbride was a twelve year old boy who had disappeared in November nineteen, sixty three now were certain that Ian and Myra had something to do with it. Continuing their search they soon found a suitcase. The couple had clearly taken pains to hide. It's likely officers were hoping to find a clue about Edward Evans or John kilbride inside but instead they found something much more disturbing. Pictures of Lesley Ann, Downey naked gagged, and tied to a bed police were horrified. It was clear that only Saddleworth Moor held the answers to their disturbing questions on October sixteenth nineteen, sixty, five, a search team was dispatched there. After hours of poking around the Moors Soft Pete and officer noticed the bone of a human arm sticking out of the ground. After a dig, he uncovered the decomposed body of a little girl. By the time the search was over the murder of Lesley Ann Downey would be cemented as one of the most terrifying crimes in British history. Up Next will learn the terrible truth about how Leslie died. 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