Infamous Moors murderer Ian Brady has been deemed "mentally insane" after he told a mental health tribunal he found the killing of five children a "recreational and existential" experience.
Brady, 75, has lost his bid to return to prison so he could continue a hunger strike.
According to the Daily Mail, he will remain in Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside for the foreseeable future on the grounds that he is mentally insane.
Brady has spent the past 47 years behind bars for the murder of five children aged 10 to 17 with his accomplice Myra Hindley in the 1960s.
Earlier this week at his Manchester mental health tribunal, he compared the killings to the acts of soldiers and politicians.
"A criminal in a pursuit of crime is going to gain from the crime," he said.
"He has given a value to the person he is about to kill."
He was asked: "What value did you get?"
Brady replied: "Existential experience."
It is the first time he spoken at length since he was jailed in 1966.
The three-man panel headed by Judge Robert Atherton sentenced him to stay in the hospital.
Atherton said the tribunal concluded Brady continued to suffer from a mental disorder "which is of a nature and degree which makes it appropriate for him to continue to receive medical treatment and that it is necessary for his health and safety and for the protection of other persons that he should receive such treatment in hospital and that appropriate medical treatment is available for him".
Throughout the early '60s he and Hindley, who died imprisoned but in hospital in 2002, would lure children and sexually torture them, before killing them and burying them on the Yorkshire moors.
Pauline Reade, 16, disappeared on her way to a disco on July 12, 1963 and John Kilbride, 12, vanished in November that year.
Keith Bennett was taken on June 16, 1964 after he left home to visit his grandmother, while 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey was lured away from a fun fair on Boxing Day, 1964. Edward Evans, 17, was killed in October 1965.
Brady received life sentences 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.
After their sentencing the pair confessed to killing Pauline and Keith. Pauline's body was discovered in 1987, but Keith's body has never been found.
Brady sought to return to jail rather than stay in the high security Ashworth Hospital where he has been held since 1983, the Mail reported.
He said he wanted to return to prison so he could starve himself to death. He is being fed via a tube through his nose at hospital.
Despite being one of Britain's most depraved serial killers Brady denied he was mentally ill.
Instead, he likened his actions to "method acting".
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