The serial murderer known as the Scots killer is said to be nearing the end of his life as he now refuses food and medication as he lies dying of cancer while handcuffed under guard to a hospital bed.
Serial killer Peter Tobin is nearing the end of his life in a hospital bed as murder victim families beg him to reveal his secrets before he takes them to the grave.
The notorious murderer, 75, is said to be nearing the end of his life as he now refuses food and medication as he lies dying of cancer while handcuffed under guard to a hospital bed.
He is said to have taken another downward turn after breaking his hip and despite emergency surgery to prolong his life, a picture shows an emaciated figure laying slumped and too sick to return to prison in HMP Edinburgh with sources saying he hasn’t long left.
The Renfrewshire-born brute was jailed with three life sentences for three murders committed between 1991 and 2006.
But cops suspect he may have killed dozens more times, with desperate families now begging him to reveal if he is responsible for their loved ones’ deaths before it is too late.
An insider told the Sunday Mail, which has obtained the first picture of the killer in a decade, that Tobin is said to be “frail, weak and at death’s door”.
The source said: “That’s been said about him before but he seems to hang on.
“To the unsuspecting eye, he’s just a sick old man in hospital but the killer’s face is still there.” Retired detective superintendent David Swindle, who caught Tobin and led the task force looking at his other crimes, said: “If there’s any humanity there, Tobin will give up the secrets of what happened to these other victims.
“There won’t be any sympathy for him being in pain but, if indeed he is dying, it’s the least he could do for these families.”
Peter Tobin’s suspected and confirmed victims
Nicola Stork’s teen sister Louise Kay – who is believed to be one of Tobin’s nine other victims – vanished in Eastbourne in 1988.
A cop who caught Tobin and later led the task force Operation Anagram looking into his other crimes discovered he was working in Eastbourne at the time Louise disappeared. Tobin also reportedly sold a small hand-painted Ford Fiesta car after she vanished similar to the one Louise drove. Tobin had a history of dealing cars for an auction company and also had links to scrapyards. It is thought Tobin could have re-painted Louise’s car and then sold it on to hide his crime.
“I don’t want Tobin to die because it means we might never know but I’ve got no sympathy if he’s in pain. If he dies without giving us information about Louise, then it probably means we’ll never know what happened to her or where she is,” Ms Stork told the Sunday Mail. “I hope he will confess something or the police can go and speak to him to get it out of him.”
Louise also recounted how she met a mysterious Scottish man shortly before she disappeared.
Nicola, 56, continued: “We’ve never known what happened to her – it is so sad. I wish Tobin would confess and give up these secrets.
“It might lead police to find something that can link to his DNA or Louise’s remains being found but there’s never been anything.
“My dad is still around and is in his 80s so it would be so important for him to know what happened.”
Another suspected victim, art student Jessie Earl, 22, was found dead in 1989 after she went missing in 1980. Her body was found in undergrowth at Beachy Head, near Eastbourne, nine years later. In May this year, after a longstanding campaign by her parents John and Valerie, a coroner ruled that she was murdered.
Her naked body was found with her bra tied in a knot that could have bound her hands. Jessie told her mother she had met a Scottish man on the land where she was later found.
Speaking after May’s verdict, mum Valerie said: “For us, this is a triumph because it means that Jessie has got justice.”
“It’s something that we have come to accept. We have to carry on with life but we never give up hope and keep her memory alive.”
Tobin, 75, is serving life for raping and murdering Polish student Angelika Kluk, 23, and hiding her body in an underfloor storage of a Glasgow church in 2006.
Tobin was also handed life terms for the murders of 15-year-old Scots schoolgirl Vicky Hamilton in 1991. He claimed the life of 18-year-old Dinah McNicol, from Chelmsford in the same year after he picked the student up as she hitchhiked home from a music festival.
Their bodies were found 17 years later, buried in the garden of his former home in Margate, Kent. Vicky Hamilton’s remains had been stored in Tobin’s former home in Bathgate – where he had abducted her as she waited for a bus home – and were cut in half.
And Dan McNicol, brother of Dinah who was murdered by Tobin in Essex in 1991, said: “He needs to give up these secrets for the sake of his other victims but he’ll probably take them to the grave.
“I hope he’s suffering in pain.”
Asked about Tobin, a Scottish Prison Service spokesperson said: “We don’t comment on individuals in our care.”
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