A stranger snatching a child off the street is thankfully a rare thing. But throughout the 70s and 80s, in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, a number of young girls disappeared as if into thin air while walking alone. Most went missing in broad daylight. Some were found - their bodies dumped hundreds of miles from home. Some remain missing, presumed murdered.
In 1990, police in Scotland realised that many of these cases were linked. A delivery driver living in London was responsible for them all. Despite getting into trouble throughout his youth for sexually motivated attacks on younger children, Robert Black had been free to roam the country and target girls for decades.
*Episode Image: Jennifer Cardy (via The Irish Times Archive)
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C.L Swinney, Robert Black: The true story of a child killer from the United Kingdom (Toronto: RJ Parker, 2015) Purchase here (https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Black-Rapist-Kingdom-Detectives-ebook/dp/B015ZTCE4K/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=)
Robert Church, Well Done Boys: The life and crimes of Robert Black (London: Constable, 1997) Purchase here (https://www.amazon.com/Well-Done-Boys-Times-Robert/dp/0094741506/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=robert+church+well+done+boys&qid=1573308960&sr=8-1)
Ray Wyre and Tim Tate, The Death of Childhood (London: Penguin, 1995) Purchase here (https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Childhood-Britains-Notorious-Murderers-ebook/dp/B07HYCZHD1/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=ray+wyre&qid=1573309042&s=digital-text&sr=1-1)
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Claire Hayhurst, “Police were set to charge serial child killer Robert Black with murder of Genette Tate within weeks” in The Daily Record https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/police-were-set-charge-serial-7174544 (13 January 2016)
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