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