Real Crime - - News - Ben biggs Edi­tor

luck, and the quick re­ac­tions of a lo­cal man, had as big a part to play in the fi­nal cap­ture of Robert Black as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a trio of child mur­ders that had been linked to the same killer. Cer­tainly, one of the of­fi­cers at the scene of the ar­rest in Stow, Scot­land, must have felt lucky: the six- year- old girl found in the back of Black’s van, mere min­utes from death, was his daugh­ter. The 1990 ar­rest of a man who had been hunted by po­lice since 1982 in con­nec­tion with at­tempted ab­duc­tions, sex­ual as­saults on mi­nors and a num­ber of mur­ders – all young girls – opened up a hor­ri­fy­ing pos­si­bil­ity. Black was a courier, and used his job as a cover to ful­fil his sick fan­tasies. It took him not just to all four cor­ners of the United King­dom, but across the chan­nel to France and Ger­many, too. He was ul­ti­mately con­victed of just four mur­ders, but the orig­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion didn’t look be­yond county bor­ders for a re­mote killer from an­other part of the coun­try. Could th­ese many miss­ing mur­ders of Robert Black make him Bri­tain’s most dan­ger­ous pae­dophile?

Black ap­pears ca­sual in an in­ter­view in Peter­head Prison in 1994. He would later talk at length with sex crime ex­pert Ray Wyre, re­veal­ing far more about other mur­ders he was sus­pected of com­mit­ting than he ini­tially let on

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