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    Detectives have used an American spy satellite to help them find the grave of Keith Bennett, the last missing victim of the Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

    A specialist Army unit has also been enlisted to scour an area of Saddleworth Moor which has been identified as the most likely location of the 12-year-old's remains.
    Keith vanished in 1964 while he was on the way to visit his grandmother in Gorton in Manchester, and became one of the five victims tortured and killed by Brady and Hindley.
    The pair admitted to Keith's murder in 1986, but refused to reveal where they had buried his body and, despite extensive searches, it has never been found.


    Preparations for the new search, code named Operation Maida, began three years ago after police analysed photographs take by Hindley and Brady on the moors around the time of the murders.

    It has long been thought that the images were a taken as a trophy to mark their crimes, and depict images of the routes they took when they brought their victims to Saddleworth.
    Now, using the pictures, geological studies, computer imagery and photographs taken by a US satellite; apparently with the permission of the Pentagon, officers believe they are close to finding Keith.
    They have identified a 20-yard peat ridge near Shiny Brook, a very remote area on the hills high above Oldham, as the most likely site.
    Specialist sniffer dogs are said to have shown a strong reaction at the location, indicating the presence of "body vapours".
    Operation Maida was conducted under the guidance of the late chief constable of Greater Manchester police, Michael Todd, who was found dead on Snowden in March this year.
    A source close to Mr Todd said: "He was proud that old-fashioned detective work, combined with new investigative techniques, had given his officers.
    "Nothing would give him greater pleasure than telling Winnie that her long wait to give Keith a funeral was over."
    At his insistence the investigations were conducted in a very secretive manner, and not even Keith's mother Winnie Johnson was informed.
    Any plans to excavate the site where the remains could be have not been disclosed. The publicity surrounding the last major dig in 1987 was blamed for marring the operation.
    Brady and his former love Hindley were jailed in May 1966 for the murders of Lesley Ann Downey, 10, John Kilbride, 12, and Edward Evans, 17. In 1986 it emerged they had also killed Keith and Pauline Reade, 16.
    Hindley died in prison in November 2002.

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    Brady's letter to mother over her son's body: Police quiz Moors Murderer confidante 'on details of where Keith Bennett is buried'



    • Twisted killer may finally have disclosed where 12-year-old's body is hidden
    • Jackie Powell, 49, arrested in South Wales for preventing burial of a body
    • She told a documentary that she had a letter that could help find Keith
    • His mother, Winnie Johnson, has not yet been given the letter
    • Greater Manchester Police tell MailOnline that Winnie knows about the development
    • Brady and Myra Hindley buried victims on Saddleworth Moor, near Oldham
    • Keith is the only one of the five victims whose body has never been found

    By Hannah Roberts and Martin Robinson
    PUBLISHED: 00:09, 17 August 2012 | UPDATED: 11:11, 17 August 2012




    Hope: Moors murderer Ian Brady could have revealed details of the location of 12-year-old Keith Bennett's body, which has never been found, in a letter handed to his advocate

    Moors Murderer Ian Brady may finally have revealed where he buried the body of one of his child victims, detectives believe.
    He has written a letter to the mother of Keith Bennett, whose body has not been found since he vanished aged 12 in 1964.
    This note was allegedly handed to Jackie Powell, Brady's legal advocate, who has been arrested on suspicion of preventing the burial of a body.

    The letter has not yet been given to Keith’s mother, as the serial killer said he wanted the note handed over when he died.
    But MailOnline has been told by Greater Manchester Police that despite battling bowel cancer, Winnie Johnson does know about the latest development in the hunt for her son.

    Speaking to Sky News this morning, Jackie Powell would not confirm if such a letter exists, adding that her words 'have been blown out of all proportion.'
    Previously she told the Daily Mirror: 'I received a letter and a sealed envelope which said on the front "to be opened in the event of my death".
    'He says he doesn't wish to take his secrets to the grave and within the sealed envelope is a letter to Winnie Johnson. Within that is the means of her possibly being able to rest.'
    Meanwhile Channel 4, which commissioned the documentary 'Ian Brady: Endgames of a Psychopath', has released this transcript of an interview with Brady's legal advocate Jackie Powell.

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    'I received a letter and a sealed envelope which said on the front of it, "to be opened in the event of my death",' she said.

    'He says that he doesn't wish to take secrets to his grave and that within the sealed envelope is a letter to Winnie Johnson and that within that is the means to her possibly being able to rest. And that's paraphrase that's not verbatim.'
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    Killer: Moors murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley went on a killing spree but the location of one of their victims, Keith Bennett, has never been found


    The interviewer, director Paddy Wivell, said: 'What does he mean by that?'

    Powell replied: 'Well clearly there's something within the letter that may be able to find her son I would suggest.'
    Mr Wivell today questioned Brady's motives behind handing over the letter to Ms Powell.

    He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'I think we probably have to approach it with some sense of caution too. This seems to me like very much part of Brady's pathology, one of power and control.

    'He is a sadistic psychopath and it would appear that this is some sort of victory dance, a kind of power game, in the fact that he constantly puts conditions on things. The condition that it can only be opened in the event of his death is consistent with this kind of behaviour over the years.'

    Tragic: Winnie Johnson, mother of missing Keith Bennett, on Saddleworth Moor where her son is believed to be buried


    TRANSCRIPT OF WHAT JACKIE POWELL TOLD C4 DOCUMENTARY


    Jackie Powell: I received a letter and a sealed envelope which said on the front of it, 'to be opened in the event of my death'. He says that he doesn't wish to take secrets to his grave and that within the sealed envelope is a letter to Winnie Johnson and that within that is the means to her possibly being able to rest. And that's paraphrase that's not verbatim.
    Paddy Wivell, director of 'Ian Brady: Endgames of a Psychopath: What does he mean by that?

    Jackie Powell: Well clearly there's something within the letter that may be able to find her son I would suggest.


    But Mrs Johnson's solicitor David Kirwan said the development should be taken seriously and could bring some relief to Keith's mother.

    He told Today: 'This will be amazing to her in, if I may say so, the twilight of her life. It's a terrible thing for any parent to lose a child. We all expect to go well before them, and she just needs that closure.
    'She's not a well woman, so I feel it will be absolutely amazing and so encouraging if she can finally bury her son.'

    Last night, Greater Manchester Police said in a statement that a 49-year-old woman had been arrested in South Wales on suspicion of preventing the lawful burial of a body and said searches were ongoing.

    Documents have been removed from her home in Wales and taken up to Manchester.

    A police spokesman said: ‘On July 30, 2012, Greater Manchester Police received information that led officers to believe that Ian Brady had recently given details of the location of Keith Bennett’s body to one of his long-term visitors.
    ‘Officers in the cold case unit made inquiries to the accuracy of this report and have since had extensive contact with Ashworth Hospital [where Brady is held] and Keith’s close family.
    ‘As a result, warrants obtained under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act were executed at Ashworth Hospital and a private address in South Wales today.
    ‘A 49-year-old woman has been arrested in South Wales on suspicion of preventing the burial of a body without lawful exercise and remains in police custody for questioning.

    'Searches of both locations are ongoing.’
    Brady is serving life in a high-security prison for the abduction and murder of five children and teenagers nearly 50 years ago.

    Keith Bennett is the only victim whose body has never been found.



    Martin Bottomley, Head of Investigative Review of Greater Manchester Police's Major and Cold Case Crime Unit, said: 'The Moors murders cast a long and dark shadow over the history of our region but in 2009 we reluctantly concluded there was no longer any specific information to identify new search areas and the investigation to find Keith entered a dormant stage.

    'However, we have always stressed this is a case we will never close. We have been, and always will be, open to pursuing any new lines of inquiry that arise from significant scientific advances or credible and actionable information.

    'I want to be explicitly clear about this: Ian Brady has not revealed to police the location of Keith's body.


    Trying everything: Mrs Johnson with her other sons David (left), Joe (second left) and psychic Teresa Walsh in an attempt to find Keith's body in 1996
    'What we are looking at is the possibility, and at this stage it is only a possibility, that he has written a letter to Keith's mum Winnie Johnson which was not to be opened until after his death. We do not know if this is true or simply a ruse but we clearly have a duty to investigate such information on behalf of Keith's family.

    'Since Keith was so cruelly taken away all those years ago, our thoughts have always been with his family as they try to come to terms with what happened. All they want is to finally be able to lay Keith to rest. What I would ask is that the media respect their privacy at this time. Winnie herself is very ill and continued speculation about this letter will only cause the family more upset.

    'I would ask that we are allowed to examine all the evidence we have recovered and determine whether or not this letter actually exists.'


    Brady and his partner, Myra Hindley, lured the youngsters to their deaths, with victims enduring horrific torture before being buried on Saddleworth Moor, near Oldham.

    The twisted killer has always refused to reveal the exact location of Keith’s remains.

    Keith’s mother Winnie Johnson, who is battling cancer in a hospice, has made repeated calls
    in vain for Brady to reveal the location of his grave.
    Last December Mrs Johnson said she wanted to hear from Brady face-to-face where her son was buried.
    She wrote to him, pleading: ‘If you have it in your heart to tell me where Keith is, it would end the trouble I have had for 47 years.

    'I would like him found and buried before anything happens to me.’
    When he failed to respond, she said: ‘He’s just playing games. I can’t get over it.'
    Now Jackie Powell, who was appointed the murderer's legal advocate under the Mental Health Act in 1999, said Brady gave her a sealed envelope to pass on to Mrs Johnson in the event of his death.

    Hunt: Police officers search Saddleworth Moor for the bodies of the children killed by Ian Brady and his girlfriend Myra Hindley


    Brutal killers: Policemen digging at the scene where the body of Moors murder victim Lesley Downey was found in the 1960s



    Hard work: Teams of searchers at Doctor's Gate at Snake Pass, between Manchester and Sheffield, searching for graves after the Moors Murders, and the search for one of the victims continues to this day

    Brady’s first victim was Pauline Reade, 16, who disappeared on her way to a disco on July 12, 1963. John Kilbride, 12, was snatched in November the same year.
    Keith Bennett was snatched on June 16, 1964, after he left home to visit his grandmother; Lesley Ann Downey, 10, was lured away from a funfair on Boxing Day 1964; and Edward Evans, 17, was killed in October 1965.

    Brady was given a life sentence at Chester Assizes in 1966 for the murders of John, Lesley Ann and Edward.

    Hindley was convicted of killing Lesley Ann and Edward and shielding Brady after John’s murder, and jailed for life.
    In 1987, the pair finally admitted killing Keith and Pauline. Both were taken back to Saddleworth Moor in 1987 to help police find the remains of the missing victims but only Pauline’s body was found.
    Brady has spent the last 25 years at the high-security Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside. Hindley died in jail in November 2002, aged 60.
    Mrs Johnson has made repeated calls for Brady to reveal the location of his grave.

    Last December, she said she wanted to hear face-to-face from Brady where her son was buried.


    And in July she renewed her plea, saying in a letter to the killer that her dying wish was to know where Keith's body was.
    Killer: Ian Brady in police custody prior to his court appearance for the Moors Murders for which he was later convicted

    Brady, 74, was due to go before a mental health tribunal in July, but it was delayed after he suffered a seizure.
    The tribunal was to consider his application to be transferred to a Scottish prison and be allowed to die. He has been tube-fed since refusing food 12 years ago.
    But last month Mrs Johnson's solicitor said she would not be attending the hearing as it would be 'too traumatic' for her.
    John Ainley, senior partner at North Ainley Halliwell, said that Mrs Johnson was in hospital and not well enough to attend.
    He said: 'In any event, it would be too traumatic for her to have any involvement in a hearing that deals with Ian Brady.
    'Winnie has made it perfectly clear over the years that she considers Ian Brady should remain in a mental hospital for the remainder of his natural life and not be transferred to a prison either in England or Scotland.
    'Presumably, the intention would be to go on hunger strike with a view to ending his own life. She does not consider this should be his prerogative.
    'She has remained steadfast in her resolve that Ian Brady has held the key to this tragedy.

    'Over the years she has appealed directly to Brady and through me for him to reveal where Keith's body was hidden so she could at least give her son a decent burial before she died.

    'Now, she herself is ill and I am deeply concerned that the knowledge of this letter and its alleged contents may have come too late to bring her any solace.

    'It would be the last tragic act of a truly harrowing story.'

    Mr Ainley said his client still wanted answers from Brady.
    He said: 'She has only one question to ask Ian Brady, that is 'Where is my son Keith?'
    'She is convinced that he could, if he wished, provide this information.

    'Her one and only desire is to give her son a proper family burial during her lifetime. Nothing short of that will ever give her peace of mind.'
    The solicitor said Mrs Johnson was 'not in the best of health' and that she was not well enough to deal with the pressures - including the media interest - surrounding the tribunal, which was due to be held in public.
    'I am sceptical about this information. It is clear the police need to carry out further investigations and it will be interesting to see what they find,' he said.

    On Wednesday The Sun reported that Mrs Johnson was being cared for in a hospice.
    The newspaper quoted her son Alan Bennett as saying: 'Winnie is going in to a hospice for about two weeks.
    'She can be closely monitored and get the correct form of pain relief that is needed for when she returns home.'

    A new documentary by Paddy Wivell to be shown on Monday on Channel 4 at 9pm, titled Ian Brady: End Games Of A Psychopath, claims Brady may have deceived doctors into believing his extreme psychotic symptoms in order to be transferred from prison to Ashworth hospital.
    HORRORS THAT SHOCKED THE NATION: A TIMELINE OF MOORS MURDERS



    July 12, 1963 - Pauline Reade, 16, right, disappears on her way to a disco.

    Nov 23, 1963 - John Kilbride, 12, below right is snatched by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, sexually assaulted and murdered.

    June 16, 1964 - Keith Bennett is snatched after he leaves home to visit his grandmother.

    December 26, 1964 - Lesley Ann Downey, 10, is lured away from a funfair and killed.

    October 6, 1965 - Brady kills Edward Evans, 17.

    May 6, 1966 - Brady given life at Chester Assizes in 1966 for the murders of John, Lesley Ann and Edward.

    Hindley was convicted of killing Lesley Ann and Edward and shielding Brady after John's murder, and also jailed for life.


    1985 - Brady is moved to the Ashworth psychiatric hospital in Merseyside.

    1987 - The pair finally admit killing Keith and Pauline and are taken back to Saddleworth Moor to help police find the remains of the missing victims. Only Pauline's body is found.

    September 1999 - Brady goes on hunger strike after complaining about being forcibly removed from his room at the hospital to a new ward because of security concerns sparked by a patient on his old ward. He has been fed by a tube ever since.

    November 15, 2002 - Hindley dies in jail aged 60.
    September 13, 2009 - Brady begins campaign to be moved to a Scottish prison so he will be allowed to die.

    March 27, 2010 - A privately-funded search for Keith Bennett's grave begins. His mother, Winnie Johnson, 76, said she hopes to find her son and bury him before she and Brady die.
    July 3, 2012 - Brady suffers a seizure and spends several nights in hospital. A mental health tribunal that would look at his application to be transferred to Scotland is delayed as a result.



    Read more: Moors murderer Ian Brady 'reveals whereabouts of 12-year-old victim' | Mail Online

    I hope against hope that Winnie Johnson is finally able to have the answers she's begged for all these years and be able to give her son a decent burial but I doubt it. I think Brady is doing nothing more than playing another one of his sick games. He enjoys the hold he has over her and the family too much to give up his last sick trophy.

    I've been over Saddleworth many, many times and could never pass by without sparing a thought for Keith Bennett and the other victims. Sadly I believe the chances of him being found, even if Brady chose to help, remain very slim. It's a large area with a weathered and windswept landscape that has changed over the years.
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    Yes it's very bleak even without knowing what happened there.

    I agree that it's just part of another game from this weirdo.
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    Well, let them hurry up and open the damn letter and see if it's any use.

    The details of these notorious murders are sickening.

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    And not telling them where Keith is buried just keeps the moment alive for this sicko bastard imho.
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    She should open the letter right now. Since when does this pervert get to make the rules?
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    The article is confusing but I think it said his lawyer has the letter and has been arrested for not turning it over (something like "interfering with the burial of a body")? Other parts made it sound like the mother has it but I don't thinks she does.

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    No. Brady's solicitor has the letter and speculated about the contents in a documentary. Winnie Johnson, Keith's mum, is currently in a hospice with cancer and it sounds as if she hasn't been given the latest news at the time the article was written, probably to try and avoid additional stress and false hope.

    If Brady ever gives up the location of the grave, before or after death, I will be very surprised. It will be his final laugh and fuck you, sick bastard that he is.

    ETA: Updated article. I'm not posting it as some of it is a re-hash of the first one but the gist of it is that the solicitor is saying her words were taken out of context and the police have removed a lot of paperwork from her in an attempt to recover the letter.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ld-victim.html
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    I feel so sorry for Keith's mother. All her life she's been trying to find where her son was buried.

    Brady is one of the most evil mofos ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    She should open the letter right now. Since when does this pervert get to make the rules?
    It might be privileged information & therefore protected - but by the sounds of it... since the police have removed it, its not. hahahaha! ope they find it Brady & the police have the last laugh.
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    Poor mother sounds like she won't find his body in this life.
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    I'm starting to think this woman has blurred the lines between working with Brady and being a murder groupie who'll do his twisted bidding. She's now claiming that she gave the letter (if it ever existed) back to Brady in July. Not posting the full article because again it has a lot of re-hashed stuff.



    One of moors murderer Ian Brady's closest confidantes has said she gave him back a letter that could reveal the last resting place of one of his victims.
    Police arrested Jackie Powell and searched her south Wales home for ten hours looking for a sealed envelope to pass to Winnie Johnson, mother of 12-year-old Keith Bennett, in the event of Brady's death.
    It is alleged the murderer handed it to advocate Ms Powell, 49, and she told a journalist that it probably contained the location of 12-year-old Keith's body, which has not been found since he was killed in 1964 by Brady and his accomplice Myra Hindley.
    But this afternoon sources close to the investigation said Ms Powell has now told officers she returned the envelope to the serial killer at some point between July 30 and her arrest yesterday.
    A search of Brady's cell at Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside has also failed to uncover the letter.
    Police were today examining documents from the home of Ms Powell, who has worked with Brady since 1999.

    But there are fears the note, if it exists, is another ruse by the killer to taunt his victims’ families.
    Martin Bottomley, Head of Investigative Review of Greater Manchester Police's Major and Cold Case Crime Unit, said: 'I would ask that we are allowed to examine all the evidence we have recovered and determine whether or not this letter actually exists.
    'I want to be explicitly clear about this: Ian Brady has not revealed to police the location of Keith's body.

    'What we are looking at is the possibility, and at this stage it is only a possibility, that he has written a letter to Keith's mum Winnie Johnson which was not to be opened until after his death. We do not know if this is true or simply a ruse but we clearly have a duty to investigate such information on behalf of Keith's family.'

    The letter has not yet been given to Keith’s mother, as the serial killer said he wanted the note handed over when he died.
    But MailOnline has been told by Greater Manchester Police that despite battling bowel cancer, Winnie Johnson does know about the latest development in the hunt for her son.

    Read more: Ian Brady's letter: Confidante claims she returned sealed 'confession' note to Moors Murderer | Mail Online
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    Well the bastard didn't win this round.

    Winnie passed away this morning but (according to BBC news) had not been told about this latest trick by Brady.

    Rest in peace Winnie, I hope that you find the peace that you have long deserved.



    It won't let me copy & paste on my phone but the article is here:- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...ester-18688192
    I heard this on the 2pm radio news.

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    Winnie Johnson's fight for Moors Murder son Keith


    Winnie Johnson fought to find son Keith
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    Winnie Johnson never stopped her fight to find her son's body and hold a proper funeral for him before she died.
    Keith Bennett, 12, was abducted by Ian Brady and his accomplice Myra Hindley in 1964 in Longsight, Manchester, while he was on his way to visit his grandmother.
    He is the only one of the pair's five victims whose body has never been found.
    Brady and Hindley were jailed over the murders of John Kilbride, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17, in 1966.
    It was more than 20 years before they admitted killing Keith, as well as Pauline Reade, 16. But they were never convicted of their murders.
    'Fight forever' Mrs Johnson campaigned for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to look again at the case, arguing that two more convictions might extend their prison tariffs, but in 2003 the CPS said there was "no realistic prospect" of gaining the convictions.
    She vowed to fight the decision "until the end of her days".
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    If you've got any decency or respect you'd tell me where Keith is”
    Winnie Johnson Message to Ian Brady
    Police took Brady and Hindley back to Saddleworth Moor in 1987 to help find the remains of the missing victims - but only Pauline's body was found.
    And when another large-scale search of the moors in 2009 proved fruitless, the Greater Manchester force told Mrs Johnson it would be the last, unless significant new information came to light.
    At a memorial service for Keith, held at Manchester Cathedral in February 2010, Mrs Johnson said she believed his body was on the moors and reiterated her vow to "fight forever" to find him.
    Mrs Johnson then appealed directly to Brady, via a DVD, to reveal the whereabouts of Keith's remains.
    On the DVD, recorded in April 2011, she said she was receiving treatment for cancer of the womb, adding: "I've got cancer and if you've got any decency or respect for yourself and for me, you would tell me where Keith is because that is the last thing I want to happen before I die."
    Keith had been on his way to visit his grandmother when he was abducted
    On Friday detectives revealed they were investigating claims Brady had told his mental health advocate, Jackie Powell, the details about where Keith's body was buried.
    Winnie Johnson's solicitor John Ainley said she had not been told of that development before her death.
    Brady has been detained at Ashworth hospital since 1985, and in 2010 he requested a public mental health tribunal into where he is imprisoned.
    He has been on hunger strike since 1999, kept alive by force-feeding in hospital, and wanted to be transferred to prison and allowed to die.
    In December, Mrs Johnson said she intended to attend the hearing to see Brady give evidence via video-link from hospital.
    But by the time the hearing was due to take place in July she was too ill to attend.
    The hearing was eventually postponed when Brady was taken ill.
    Mr Ainley said: "Over the years and in all our personal meetings, Winnie has insisted Brady is the only person who could put her mind at rest and give her the chance to give Keith a decent burial before she passed away."
    He added: "She has died without knowing Keith's whereabouts and without the opportunity to finally put him at rest in a decent grave."
    Mrs Johnson's son Alan Bennett said her family intend to continue the fight to give Keith a family burial.
    David Kirwan, Mrs Johnson's former solicitor, said: "She searched for 48 years and didn't get a solution.
    "And it's a cruel and ironic twist that she's now passed away without that closure and solace."
    He added: "But I'm delighted to hear that her family are going to carry on with the quest, particularly in her memory and let's hope now, I'm optimistic, that information will come into the hands of the police which may lead to the discovery of the body."
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    Oh, damn.

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    RIP Winnie.

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