Peter Tobin was convicted of murdering three women, Vicky Hamilton, Dinah McNicol and Angelika Kluk
Scottish serial killer Peter Tobin is serving life for the murders of three young women – Angelika Kluk (bottom right), Vicky Hamilton (bottom left) and Dinah McNicol (top right), but is believed to be responsible for others is.
Peter Tobin is one of the country’s most notorious serial killers, convicted of murdering three young women and believed to be responsible for the deaths of others.
Since his conviction there has been speculation about unsolved murders he may be linked to, including the Bible John murders in Glasgow and the Jessie Earl case.
But who are Peter Tobin’s victims, and could he really be Bible John? Here’s everything you need to know.
Who is Peter Tobin?
Tobin, now 75 years old, was born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire. He moved to Brighton and married his first wife in 1969, although they divorced in 1971. He remarried in 1973, although that relationship also broke up a few years later.
In 1990 he moved to Bathgate with his third wife, although she left him that year. Tobin’s wives all described him as violent and with a “sadistic streak”.
In 1991 he moved to Margate, Kent and lived in Hampshire in 1993. That year he sexually assaulted and raped two teenage girls and was imprisoned the following year.
Tobin used dozens of aliases throughout his life.
Who is Peter Tobin supposed to have murdered?
In 2007, Tobin was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 21 years for the murder of Angelika Kluk, 23, in Glasgow in 2006. The verdict came just three years after he was released from prison on a double rape conviction.
He had worked as a craftsman at St Patrick’s Church Anderston, Glasgow, under the name of Pat McLaughlin. Mrs. Kluk, who was from Poland, also worked at the church as a cleaning lady to finance her studies and lived in the presbytery.
The last time Miss Kluk was seen alive was on September 24, 2006 – where she was with Tobin. Her body was found by police on September 29, hidden in an underground chamber near the church’s confessional. Miss Kluk had been beaten, raped and stabbed.
Tobin was arrested in London shortly after Miss Kluk’s body was found.
Tobin murdered the 15-year-old at his home in Bathgate while she was traveling to Redding, near Falkirk, in February 1991 after visiting relatives in Livingston.
Miss Hamilton was last seen on February 10, 1991 waiting for a bus home. Her disappearance sparked one of the largest missing persons inquiries in Scotland.
Following Tobin’s conviction for Miss Kluk’s murder, his home in Bathgate was searched. In November 2007, Miss Hamilton’s remains were discovered in the garden of Tobin’s former home in Margate, Kent. Tobin was sentenced to a minimum sentence of 30 years in 2008 for the murder of Miss Hamilton.
On 16 November 2007, Miss McNicol’s remains were also found at the Margate estate.
The 18-year-old, from Tillingham, Essex, was last seen on August 5, 1991 hitchhiking home with a male friend. They had accepted a ride from a man and their friend was dropped off at Junction 8 of the M25.
Miss McNicol was never seen again, although withdrawals were made from her building society account from ATMs in Hampshire and Sussex after her disappearance.
After being found guilty of Miss McNicol’s murder in 2009, Tobin’s sentence was increased to life imprisonment.
Could he be linked to the Bible John murders?
There is a persistent theory that Tobin may be the killer known as Bible John who was responsible for the murders of three women in Glasgow between 1968 and 1969.
The women were all brunettes, between the ages of 25 and 32, and had met their killer at the Barrowland Ballroom. The killer became known as Bible John for repeatedly quoting from the Bible.
Tobin has reportedly denied responsibility for the murders.
And former lead detective David Swindle, who worked on Tobin’s arrest, previously told the Scot: “Ultimately what the police need is evidence and there is absolutely nothing that connects Tobin to Bible John… People say the connection.” is, well, he went to Barrowland at the same time, but so did hundreds and hundreds of other people – there’s no real evidence or connection to Tobin.
As The Sun reported earlier this year, Vicky Hamilton’s father, Michael, said he didn’t believe Tobin was Bible-John and thought the killer was “probably dead”.
Although speaking of Tobin, he said, “A lot of the murders have gone unsolved — and I think Tobin was involved in a lot of them.”
Is Tobin still alive?
Yes. In April, Tobin spent two nights in hospital after feeling unwell in prison.
He was taken to what is believed to be the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh by HMP Edinburgh.
It comes just over two months after he was hospitalized following an illness in January.
Tobin has been hospitalized on a number of occasions in recent years, including in February 2016 when he was rushed to the city’s Royal Infirmary by ambulance after reportedly collapsing in his cell.
Has he been linked to other cases?
Operation Anagram was a nationwide police investigation into Tobin’s life and movements. The investigation began in 2006 after his first conviction for murder. By July 2010, it was reported that officers had narrowed their investigation to nine unsolved murders and enforced disappearances.
However, operations ceased in 2011.
Several cases have been investigated for links to the serial killer. Among them is the disappearance of 18-year-old Louise Kay from Beachy Head in Eastbourne in 1988. She was never seen again after she told a friend she was sleeping in her car in Beachy Head after a night out with friends, something that she had done before. Her Ford Fiesta was also never seen again.
Operation Anagram established that Tobin was working at a hotel in Eastbourne at the time of her disappearance, he is also said to have been selling a small hand-painted car after her disappearance.
Jessie Earl’s case was also investigated for links to Tobin. Miss Earl disappeared in 1980. Her body was found in the undergrowth at Beachy Head, near Eastbourne, East Sussex, in 1989 – nine years after she disappeared from her nearby bed.
A second inquest into the 22-year-old’s death found she was “probably” tied to a tree and “possibly” sexually assaulted. The coroner at the inquest ruled her death a homicide.
Written arguments discussed at an earlier hearing said that convicted serial killer Peter Tobin “was suspected of being at large in the Eastbourne area in the 1980s”.
It was also said that a DNA profile from Ms Earl’s parents was compared to unidentified DNA linked to Operation Anagram examining Tobin, but this found no matches.
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