Serial killer Peter Tobin dies after falling ill in prison

The killer refused to admit to any more murders despite officers questioning him on his deathbed

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Serial killer Peter Tobin has died after becoming unwell at the prison where he was serving three life sentences.

He was taken from HMP Edinburgh to hospital, thought to be the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, on Wednesday and subsequently died, sources said.

He was serving a life sentence for raping and murdering Polish student Angelika Kluk, 23, and hiding her body under the floor of a Glasgow church in 2006.

Serial killer Peter Tobin has died after becoming unwell at the prison where he was serving three life sentences.
Serial killer Peter Tobin has died after becoming unwell at the prison where he was serving three life sentences.

The killer, who was in his mid-70s, was also serving life terms for the murders of 15-year-old schoolgirl Vicky Hamilton, of Redding, near Falkirk, in 1991, and 18-year-old Dinah McNicol the same year.

Their bodies were found 17 years later, buried in the garden of his former home in Margate, Kent.

Detectives have long suspected Tobin had more victims, but the killer refused to admit to any more murders despite officers questioning him on his deathbed.

The killer refused to admit to any more murders despite officers questioning him on his deathbed.
The killer refused to admit to any more murders despite officers questioning him on his deathbed.

Detective Chief Superintendent Laura Thomson, head of major crime at Police Scotland, said the final attempts to encourage Tobin to “do the right thing and share any knowledge he may have which could assist the police were unsuccessful”.

She added: “While we have no current lines of investigation into Peter Tobin, we welcome any information in relation to his activities.”

A former wife of Tobin has said she is relieved at the news of his death.

Cathy Wilson, 52, told the Sunday Mirror: “He was a monster and there is a feeling of relief that he is now dead.”

Ms Wilson, who reportedly met Tobin when she was 16 and is said to be his third wife, told the publication her late ex-husband enjoyed having power and control, and treated her like a slave.

While she is glad he is dead, Ms Wilson said: “Everyone knows there were other victims, and he could have made all the difference in the world to grieving families who still don’t know for sure what happened to their loved ones.”