Child killer Robert Black, who murdered four children across the UK, found dead in jail
Child killer Robert Black , who murdered four children
across the UK in the 1980s, has died in prison.
Grangemouth-born Black was serving multiple life
sentences for the brutal abductions and murders of four
girls in the early 1980s.
Black died of natural causes in Maghaberry prison, it was
In a statement, the Northern Ireland Prison Service
confirmed that a 68-year-old prisoner had died at the
“While this is not being treated as suspicious, the Prison
Service has informed the Police Service of Northern
Ireland (PSNI) Coroner, and Prisoner Ombudsman,” the
“It would not be appropriate to comment further at this
for murder and kidnap.
Black was found guilty in 1994 of three child murders in
the 80s – those of Susan Maxwell, 11, from the Scottish
Borders, five-year-old Caroline Hogg, of Edinburgh, and
Sarah Harper, 10, from Morley, near Leeds.
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His reign of terror finally ended in 1990 when he was
caught red-handed with a six-year-girl hooded, bound,
gagged and stuffed in a sleeping bag in the back of his
van in the Scottish village of Stow.
But in 2012 he was prosecuted for a fourth murder – that
of Jennifer Cardy, who was snatched in 1981 as she
cycled to a friend’s house in Ballinderry, County Antrim,
He was also suspected of involvement in other killings.
He had long been the prime suspect in the case of missing
13-year-old Genette Tate, who was last seen in a rural
lane in Aylesbeare, Devon, in 1978.
No trace of the newspaper delivery girl has ever been
found. All that remained at the scene were her bike and