Myra Hindley, 60, who became 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 of respiratory failure Nov. 15 at a hospital in Bury St. Edmunds, England.

Hindley, who had a heart ailment and osteoporosis, was hospitalized Nov. 12.

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 also was found guilty of killing John Kilbride, 12, and Hindley for sheltering her lover after that slaying. The pair confessed in 1987 to killing Pauline Reade, 16, and Keith Bennett, 12.

The serial killings from 1963 to 1965 horrified Britain. The victims simply vanished -- Reade was abducted on her way to a disco, and Downey, the pair's youngest victim, was lured from a fairground.

Some of the victims were beaten, tortured and sexually abused before being killed and buried on a desolate moor in northwestern England, earning their killers the nickname, the "Moors Murderers."

The murder of Lesley Ann Downey was perhaps the pair's most notorious.

Hindley lured the 10-year-old away from a fairground the day after Christmas 1964. The girl was sexually abused, tortured and forced to pose for pornographic photos.

Hindley recorded the abuse on an audio tape, which was played in court. Jurors listened to Lesley calling out for her mother and asking God to help her before she was killed.

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.