Psychic Stain Plagues 16 Wardle Brook Avenue Murder Site

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The site of the Moor Murders at 16 Wardle Brook Avenue in Manchester may have been demolished, but paranormal reports of unexplained sounds and spectral sightings still haunt the area, writes RICK HALE

16 Wardle Brook Avenue in Manchester as it looked before it was demolished
16 Wardle Brook Avenue in Manchester as it looked before it was demolished

Ever since Jack the Ripper plied his grisly trade on the gritty streets of London’s East End in the late 19th century, people around the world have been oddly fascinated by serial killers.

With countless books, movies and television shows detailing the outrageous exploits of these murderers, there is no shortage of media to sate the thirst for this most horrific of crimes.

And although we may be endlessly fascinated and attempt to get into the mind of a killer, we must always remember that the victims of these killers are real people.

They deserve all the dignity and respect that you as the living would come to respect.

For these horrific acts are real and sometimes the victims cannot rest. Such is the case of the children who suffered and died at the hands of two people who could only be described as true monsters.

Between July and October 1965, the citizens of Manchester, specifically Wardle Brook Avenue, found themselves living in a nightmare. 

A nightmare that remains fresh in the memories of this close knit community even after nearly 60 years.

Five children inexplicably disappeared without a trace. And when they couldn’t be found the residents of the street found themselves fearing the worst.

While searching Sandleworth Moors, their fears became reality when a grisly discovery was made.

Buried in  shallow graves were the bruised and battered bodies of four of the children who had inexplicably disappeared without a trace.

And it should go without saying, the entire city was horrified, and the same question was on the lips of every one of its restless and frightened citizens.

Who would be capable of committing such an unspeakable act of cruelty to young children? That answer was forthcoming.

Acting on a tip from a man who claimed to have witnessed one of the murders, police acted quickly and took Ian Brady and Myra Hindley into custody.

When police searched their home, they discovered that the house  at 16 Wardle Brook Avenue was a veritable house of horrors.

For two years, the couple abducted the children and subjected them to hours of savage torture and unthinkable murder.

With this evidence in hand, the couple were charged and quickly put on trial in front of an outraged and horrified community.

When their trial came to an end,  the couple were sentenced to life in prison. Where they would  safely be kept away from society.

Although justice had been done, the murders left a psychic stain on the house, as well as on the ground where the house once stood.

16 Wardle Brook Avenue, Still A Psychic Stain

Since the horrific murders that rocked Manchester over 50 years ago, the house where the couple committed their horrific crimes against humanity, the house at 16 Wardle Brook Avenue was razed to the ground.

The community hoped that by knocking it down, they could put this nightmarish episode to rest. 

They were sadly mistaken, as it would appear something of the victims remained. Something spectral.

 People living near the former house have reported unexplained activity on the ground where the house once stood. 

The unmistakable sound of children crying or screaming out in anguish, as if they are being subjected to something cruel.

Occasionally, as people walk past the land, they catch fleeting glimpses of wispy figures riding from the land and wandering around as if lost.

To the locals, this is an unnerving episode in their city’s history that they would rather forget.

However, the restless souls that haunt the land the house sits on make it somewhat difficult. 

I can only hope that one day these poor, tender souls will find the rest they so desperately need.

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Rick Hale
Rick Hale, is a native of Chicago, Illinois and first became interested in the paranormal after having a positive interaction with an apparition at a young age. Rick is the author of The Geek's Guide To The Strange and Unusual: Poltergeists, Ghosts and Demons. Behold! Shocking True Tales of Terror...and Some Other Spooky Stuff. And Bullets, Booze and Babes: The Haunted History of Chicago and Illinois. Rick is the co-host of The Shadow Initiative Paranormal Talk. Rick was featured in the documentary Ghost Tapes 2. Rick is a featured writer for Spooky Isles and Rick has also been published by Haunted Times, Paranormal Underground, The Supernatural Magazine and Legends Magazine.


  1. The only way toI understand the motivations for the culprits’ actions is to read ‘ The Secret Key to the Moors Murders ‘, by Erica Gregory.
    I’m in no way connected to her, but even better is to consult the information on her Moors Murders or her Worsley Paranormal Society Facebook page.
    Anyone relying on newspapers for the truth, which mostly repeat the clichés, and have never suspected the spititual and poitical reasons for their actions, shall never find it.


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