A PREDATORY child murderer who dumped one of his victims near Uttoxeter almost 30 years ago could be responsible for a catalogue of murders across the country, a documentary has claimed.
Serial paedophile and child killer Robert Black became the subject of a Channel 5 documentary Killers Behind Bars, which looked at the possibility he could be responsible for more than the four killings he was jailed for.
Black (pictured) dumped Susan Maxwell on July 30, 1982, by the side of the A518 at Loxley, around 250 miles away from where she had been abducted in Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland, after she left home to play tennis.
He is currently serving 10 life sentences for her murder, along with that of Sarah Harper, 10, Caroline Hogg, five, and nine-year-old Jennifer Cardy.
However, the programme’s criminologist Professor David Wilson believes the 65-year-old could be responsible for the disappearance of missing children across the country.
He said: “Robert Black is one of the most evil predatory paedophile’s this country has ever seen but his 30-year offending period led to him being convicted of only four child murders.
“I’m convinced this is just the tip of the iceberg and, if I’m right, he could be guilty of more crimes than Myra Hindley and Ian Brady, making him the most prolific child killer in British history.” After being handed a list of possible child murder victims Black could be responsible for by Andrew Watts, former detective superintendent of Lothian and Borders Police, the only officer Black opened up to, Professor Wilson looked at the possibility of two.
He investigated the disappearance of 13- y e a r - o l d papergirl April Fabb, who disappeared in Norfolk in 1969, and Genette Tate, from Aylesbeare, Devon, in 1978.
The two girls disappeared in a matter of moments and have never been seen since.
Although the disappearance of April bore similar traits to his other murders, there was no evidence he had been in the area and it was before his job as a lorry driver, which made his murder spree more possible.
However, the disappearance of Genette is being re-investigated after people had seen Black in the area and it was on his driving route.
He also referred to her in an interview.
Black was finally brought to justice in Stowe, on the England and Scotland border, in 1990 after he abducted a six-year-old girl, but a witness saw his van and the girl disappear and alerted police.
The youngster was subjected to an ‘appalling sexual assault’ before she was found hooded, bound and gagged in the back of his van, moments away from suffocation.
In a cruel twist of fate, the officer who found the girl was her father.
The programme also referred to a 16-year-old Black, himself a victim of sexual assault, assaulting a seven-year-old and leaving her, but he was not deemed by authorities to need help.
Those who missed Killers Behind Bars can view it online at www.channel5.com/shows/killersbehind- bars