The Robert Black Story

    Robert Black - serial predatory paedophile
This is probably the most evil of all crimes. It hits each and every one of us right between the eyes. It attacks us like a bullet coming at our heads. It's evil and it's perpetrated by evil people. If you're a devout Christian, even for you, forgiveness must be extremely difficult if not impossible. You might be able to forgive the murderer of your husband or wife, but the ruthless rape and murder of a helpless and trusting little girl.........I doubt it. I have certain Christian values, but I have to say that I could not extend them to forgiving Roy Whiting or Robert Black. 
Born21 April 1947
Grangemouth, Scotland
Died12 January 2016 (aged 68)
HMP Maghaberry, Northern Ireland
Cause of deathHeart attack
Criminal penaltyLife imprisonment
Conviction(s)Murder
Kidnap
Preventing the lawful burial of a body
Sexual assault
Attempted kidnap
Details
Victims4+
Span of killings
12 August 1981–26 March 1986
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date apprehended
14 July 1990

Timeline

August 19th, 1978 - Genette Tate, Aylesbeare, Devon. Never convicted.


August 1981 - Jennifer Cardy, Ballinderry, Co. Antrim. Convicted in 2011.


July 30th, 1982 - Susan Claire Maxwell, Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland. Convicted in 1994.


July 8th, 1983 - Caroline Hogg - Portobello, Edinburgh. Convicted in 1994.


March 26th, 1986 - Sarah Jayne Harper, Morley, Leeds. Convicted in 1994


April 24th, 1988 - attempted abduction of Teresa Thornhill - Radford, Nottingham.


July 14th, 1990 - Abducted Mandy Wilson - Stow, Scotland. Black arrested at this incident.


More suspected victims:

April Fabb, aged 13, killed in Norfolk in 1969, 

Christine Markham, six, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, 1973, 

Mary Boyle, seven, from Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, 1977. Her body has never been found, 

Susanne Lawrence, 14, Essex, 1979, 

Pamela Hastie, 16, Johnstone, Scotland, 1981, 

Patsy Morris, 14, Feltham, west London, 1990.

In addition detectives in France are examining links between Black and the killings of four schoolgirls who were abducted near Paris in 1987, and a seven-year-old in Amsterdam in 1986.

He prowled the country hunting for little girls to bundle into the back of his van

Cuffed and arriving at court: Black had murdered at least four victims by the time of his capture

Cuffed and arriving at court: Black had murdered at least four victims by the time of his capture

When he saw a little girl being bundled into a van, a sharp-eyed retired sub-postmaster took down its registration number.

It was a sunny July day in 1990, and the chance sighting by pensioner David Herkes in Stow, in the Scottish Borders, sparked a massive search.

After stopping to sexually abuse the terrified six-year-old in a lay-by, Black returned through the same village. Police were waiting and pulled him over.

When they opened the doors of the van, the child was lying trussed up in a sleeping bag, with tape over her mouth, and barely alive.

Black’s appalling catalogue of crime leaves little room for doubt as to what would have happened had it not been for that stroke of luck.

Hector Clark, the senior detective probing three similar killings of schoolgirls snatched off the street at random, had a gut feeling the arrested man was the serial killer he had been hunting for nearly a decade.

‘I knew it was our man,’ he later recalled. ‘I knew by his appearance and even his smell. I sensed, with all my senses, that this was him.’

Searches of Black’s home hardened their conviction when they found a newspaper cutting about the bungled attempt to abduct 15-year-old Teresa Thornhill from a street in Nottingham in 1988 – for which he was also later convicted.

We now know that Black had murdered at least four victims by the time of his capture.

Cruising the length of the British Isles and beyond in anonymous-looking delivery vans loaded with posters and billboards, the paedophile was on the look-out for lone young girls to abduct.

Targeting children out on errands or riding their bikes, and always during the school holidays, he almost invariably sought out girls wearing skirts and white socks.

Black was jailed for life for the 1990 kidnap, but it was the crucial discovery of petrol receipts from the firm where he worked that enabled a dogged team of detectives finally to convict him of murdering three schoolgirls.

Evidence: It was the crucial discovery of petrol receipts from the firm where he worked that enabled a dogged team of detectives finally to convict him of murdering three schoolgirls

Evidence: It was the crucial discovery of petrol receipts from the firm where he worked that enabled a dogged team of detectives finally to convict him of murdering three schoolgirls

Susan Maxwell, 11, was abducted as she walked home to her family’s farmhouse in a remote part of Northumberland in July 1982.

She had been playing tennis with a friend, and had persuaded her mother to let her walk home by herself for the first time.

Two weeks later her body was dumped 264 miles away in Staffordshire. It was the beginning of a grim pattern.

Twelve months later, five-year-old Caroline Hogg vanished after going to a playground near her home in Edinburgh.

In March 1986 ten-year-old Sarah Harper was abducted on her way home from a shopping errand for her mother in Morley, near Leeds.

In March 1986 ten-year-old Sarah Harper was abducted on her way home from a shopping errand for her mother in Morley, near Leeds

In a princess dress she had worn to a friend’s party, she was allowed out for only five minutes. Her naked body was found ten days later in Leicestershire.

In March 1986 ten-year-old Sarah Harper was abducted on her way home from a shopping errand for her mother in Morley, near Leeds.

Her body was found more than three weeks later in the River Trent near Nottingham, within what detectives were now describing as the ‘Midlands triangle’.

By that time, hundreds of detectives from six forces were working on the case.

Following Black’s capture, they discovered he had a long and troubling history of abusing young girls and hoarding child pornography.

Born in Falkirk, near Edinburgh, in 1947, he was reluctantly put into a Barnardo’s home by his unmarried mother Jessica before being fostered by a widow who lived at Kinlochleven in the Highlands.

Black’s twisted interest in young girls began when he was just 12 and was accused of trying to rape a young girl.

He was sent to a children’s home and then to the boys-only Red House care home at Musselburgh, near Edinburgh, where he was abused by a staff member.

In 1963, months after leaving care at the age of 16, he molested a seven-year-old girl in an abandoned air raid shelter on the pretext of showing her a box of kittens, choking her to within an inch of her life.

It was the start of a campaign of attacks during which he admitted to ‘touching up’ more than 40 young girls over three years, eventually being sent to Borstal in 1967.

Twisted: Robert Black, pictured, starting being interested in young girls when he was just 12 and was accused of trying to rape a young girl

Twisted: Robert Black, pictured, starting being interested in young girls when he was just 12 and was accused of trying to rape a young girl

His only known girlfriend was Pamela Nicoll, a dental nurse living at Bo’ness, near Edinburgh, in his late teens. Unaware he was already a convicted sex offender, she left him for a new boyfriend after a year.

Black moved to London, living in rented flats and immersing himself in illicit Dutch pornography.

Then came an opportunity to start afresh – he met a respectable Scottish couple, Edward and Kathy Rayson, who took pity on his tale of a loveless, deprived childhood.

They invited him to move into their home in Stamford Hill, North London, with their five children, and he lived there for more than a decade.

While concerned that he a loner with appalling personal hygiene, and mystified by his constantly changing looks – moustaches and beards appearing and disappearing – they accepted his eccentric ways.

Detectives are convinced Black's crimes began in 1978 with the murder of 13-year-old Genette Tate from Aylesbeare, Devon

Detectives are convinced Black's crimes began in 1978 with the murder of 13-year-old Genette Tate from Aylesbeare, Devon

It was only after his arrest that their children, who by then had left home, revealed that Black had alarmed them by trying to show them child pornography and hoarding girls’ swimming costumes in his bedroom.

His warped sexuality was also made plain when he was sacked from his job as a lifeguard at Hornsey baths for fondling young girls.

It was his landing of a job driving a van for the Poster Despatch and Storage Company in 1976 which gave him the opportunity to turn his sinister fantasies into grim reality.

The lonely job meant regularly criss-crossing the British Isles and even travelling into France and the Netherlands.

Black would take with him a mattress plus a horrific ‘kit’ with which to truss up any girl who had the misfortune to catch his eye.

It later emerged that he had apparently dumped the bodies of Susan, Caroline and Sarah on trips to visit the trusting Raysons, who by then had moved to Leicestershire.

The crucial petrol records and delivery invoices painstakingly gathered by detectives placed him close to the scenes of all three abductions.

He was duly given ten more life sentences after being convicted of the three murders at Newcastle Crown Court in 1994.

Detectives had long suspected he was responsible for more murders, but the paper-trail did not provide the crucial evidence to charge him.

They are convinced his crimes began in 1978 with the murder of 13-year-old Genette Tate from Aylesbeare, Devon.

But it was the case of nine-year-old Jennifer Cardy, snatched in Ballinderry, Co Antrim in 1981, where the breakthrough was made.

While no receipts from Northern Ireland were found among more than half a million detectives examined, one from near the M6 fitted with the route he would have taken back to London.

In addition, he was driving a white Datsun panel van his firm used for delivery runs to the province as it was cheaper on ferries.

Crucially, a change in the law in 2003 meant details of Black’s previous murders could be given to the jury trying him for Jennifer’s murder. Last night survivor Teresa Thornhill said her ordeal still haunted her 23 years on.

Now a mother of two, she said: ‘I see his face almost every day. I can smell the oily hands. I can picture the clothes he was wearing. It just never goes away.

‘I sometimes feel so guilty because I’m here and they’re not.’



From Mail Online



Robert Black was Britain's most prolific child killer, says policeman who investigated him: Paedophile now linked to 19 murders over two decades

  • Prolific child killer Robert Black has died in prison of natural causes 
  • Black was found guilty in 1994 of three schoolgirl murders in the 1980s
  • In 2013 he was convicted of the murder of nine-year-old Jennifer Cardy
  • But he has long been linked to dozens of other suspicious disappearances
  • He was due to be charged with murder of Genette Tate in just a few weeks

Prolific child killer Robert Black may have killed up to 15 more young girls than the four he was convicted for murdering in the 1980s, making him Britain's most prolific .

The news comes as a former policeman who investigated him made shocking new revelations about Black, 68, who died in his cell at Maghaberry high security jail in Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

Black was serving 12 life sentences for the murder of four schoolgirls but died just weeks before he was to be charged over the murder of a fifth victim, 13-year-old schoolgirl Genette Tate in 1978.

Now, a retired policeman has revealed an informant who knew Black claimed he 'revealed information only a guilty man could have known' about a number of other child murders.

Killer Robert Black (pictured left) who was jailed for murdering four schoolgirls, was strongly suspected of killing at least 13 children, including Genette Tate who vanished close to her Devon home in 1978.
Genette Tate

Killer Robert Black (pictured left) who was jailed for murdering four schoolgirls, was strongly suspected of killing at least 13 children, including Genette Tate (right) who vanished close to her Devon home in 1978

Genette's abandoned bicycle was found in a remote Devon lane following her disapperance in August 1978

Genette's abandoned bicycle was found in a remote Devon lane following her disapperance in August 1978

If he is proven to be responsible for all the murders he is linked to, he would have killed more children than Moors murderers Fred and Rose West, Milly Dowler's killer Levi Bellfield, and even Thomas Hamilton, responsible for killing 13 in the Dunblane school massacre. 

As a delivery van driver who travelled across Britain and Europe between 1972 and 1990 Black had dozens of opportunities to target children and he has long been suspected of committing at least 18 murders.

He was due to be charged with the murder of Genette Tate, who vanished in a country lane close to her Devon home in 1978, in coming weeks but died before he could be brought to trial.

The newspaper delivery girl vanished from a rural lane in Aylesbeare in August 1978. Her body has never been found.

Detective Superintendent Paul Burgan, of Devon and Cornwall Police, confirmed yesterday that Black was 'weeks' away from being charged with her murder.

Now, Chris Clark, a former intelligence officer with Norfolk police who worked on dozens of missing child cases, has told the Mirror he believes Black was Britain's most prolific child killer, responsible for at least a dozen other murders.

His informant, a man named John, said he would drink with Black when he lived in Stoke Newington, in London and told Mr Clark he was horrified when Black recited a list of 'eight or nine names' – including child victims of unsolved murders and high-profile missing children.

10 year-old Virginie Delmas
Pamela Hastie, 16

Black had long been suspected of the murder of 10-year-old Virginie Delmas (pictured left) in Paris on May 5, 1987, and Pamela Hastie, 16, (right) from Renfrewshire, who was raped and murdered in 1981

Among the names he listed was April Fabb, a 13-year-old schoolgirl who went missing near her home on April 8, 1969, as she cycled to her sister's house to give her brother-in-law a birthday present of a packet of cigarettes.

Her bike was discovered abandoned but her body was never found. Black was questioned about her disappearance but always refused to co-operate with police.

The informant also said Black even told him about missing children Suzanne Lawrence, 14, from Essex, who has been missing since 1979; Christine Markham, nine, who disappeared on her way to school in Scunthorpe in 1973; The disappearance of six-year-old Mary Boyle, in Cashelard, Ireland, who vanished from her grandparents farm in County Donegal in 1977; and Pamela Hastie, 16, whose body was found mutilated on Guy Fawkes night in November 1981 in Johnstone, Renfrewshire.

Mr Clark told The Mirror: 'The evidence is compelling. In my opinion Black was the only real suspect in these cases and more.

Hema greedharry, 11 year old from Paris
Perrine Vigneron, 7, year old from Paris

Hema Greedharry, 11, and Perrine Vigneron, 7, year old from Paris, are also believed to be victims of Black, Chris Clark, a former intelligence officer with Norfolk police who worked on missing child cases

'His psychopathic tendencies were constant, he was every parent's worst nightmare and his lust for killing was endless.'

Mr Clark believes he has discovered new evidence over his five years of research which identifies Black as the murderer behind the deaths of at last six young girls in Germany, France and Holland. 

He thinks Black is responsible for the murder of 10-year-old Silke Garben in June 1985 in the garrison town of Detmold in Germany – he had been delivering posters to a nearby British army base at the time of her appearance.

When her body was found days later police discovered she had been sexually assaulted, strangled and dumped by the side of a road.

He also believes Black was behind the abduction and murder of seven-year-old Cheryl Morrien in August 1986, the same year he killed Sarah Harper.

Meanwhile police in France have long suspected Black as the prime suspect in a series of murders in the outskirts of Paris in 1987.

Virginie Delmas, 10, was abducted and murdered in May that year. Her body was later found in an orchard in south-east Paris. Just two weeks later the body of Hemma Greedharry, 11, was found. The following month later nine-year-old Sabine Dumont, aged nine, was found dead in a ditch.

The killer has also been linked to the death of Lisa Hession, 14, who went missing from Leigh, greater Manchester, in December, 1984
Sabine Dumont, 9, from Paris

The killer has also been linked to the death of Lisa Hession, 14, who went missing from Leigh, greater Manchester, in December, 1984, as well as Sabine Dumont, 9, from Paris

Shortly after those deaths the body of Perrine Vigneron, seven, was found by the side of the road. She had been abducted and murdered while out buying a Mother's Day card.

Mr Clark said: 'There is no doubt in my mind that Black was responsible for these murders - the killings bore all the hall marks of his modus operandi and he was in the country at the time.' 

Black has also been linked to the murders of three more British girls, who died between 1981 and 1984, according to an investigation by The Sun.

Patsy Morris, 14, went missing from her school in Feltham, London, in 1980, and her body was found two days laer in Hounslow Heath. There was no sign of sexual assault but the murder has been linked to Black, who was living in London at the time, but also Milly Dowler's killer Levi Bellfield.

Black was also linked to the death of Tracey Walters, 11, who was never seen again after going missing from a youth Valentine's day event in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, on February 14 1983. She was found strangled to death in the back garden of her home and police believe that the killer was disturbed before he could sexually assault her.

The killer has also been linked to the death of Lisa Hession, 14, who went missing from Leigh, greater Manchester, in December, 1984, and was found dead just 500 metres from her door as she walked home from a party. No one has ever been charged with her murder.  

Robert Black in handcuffs
Serial killer Robert Black, 68, of Grangemouth, Falkirk, who abducted and abused young girls from across the UK before murdering them, has died of natural causes in Maghaberry prison

Serial killer Robert Black, 68, of Grangemouth, Falkirk, who abducted and abused young girls from across the UK before murdering them, has died of natural causes in Maghaberry prison

Yesterday Detective Superintendent Paul Burgan, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said of Genette's murder: 'We were in the process of submitting a full evidence file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which would have been submitted in February of this year.

'In earlier indications, the CPS has said that in all probability, we would have charged Robert Black with Genette's abduction and murder.

'We were waiting for a final charging decision from them when the file went to them.'

Mr Burgan said that he expected the charging decision from the CPS to come in 'weeks rather than months'.

The force will still submit the file to the CPS for a charging decision for Genette's family, he added.

Following the revelation Genette's mother Sheila, from Bristol, said: 'I hoped that one day Robert Black might talk, though what the incentive would be I didn't know and deep down in my heart I felt that he wouldn't.

'It doesn't matter to me that he's not going to be charged with the kidnap and murder of Genette, I don't feel robbed of justice because it would have been an empty charge.

'We still wouldn't have known what happened or where she is. It wouldn't have answered any of our questions or given me any comfort to just give him another life sentence added to those he was already serving.

'So, an evil man has died and I'm not sorry about that. I reflect on what an utter waste of life that he's lived and the misery he has caused to so many families.

'I am sorry for us, I'm sorry for them, but not for him.' 

Genette's mother Sheila (pictured in 2003 with husband Bob) said: 'I hoped that one day Robert Black might talk, though what the incentive would be I didn't know and deep down in my heart I felt that he wouldn't'

Genette's mother Sheila (pictured in 2003 with husband Bob) said: 'I hoped that one day Robert Black might talk, though what the incentive would be I didn't know and deep down in my heart I felt that he wouldn't'

Pictured: The search for  Genette  in 1978. Volunteers beat through the bracken on Woodbury Common

Pictured: The search for Genette in 1978. Volunteers beat through the bracken on Woodbury Common

Genette's father told ITV News that he feels he will never be able to properly grieve for his daughter after Black died without ever revealing his involvement in her disappearance.

John Tate said: 'It's hard to grieve because there's a tiny little bit of me that hopes she's alive somewhere. I basically hoped that we were going to find out what actually happened to her and to rule out once and for all that she is alive somewhere. 

Mr Tate also revealed that he had attempted to visit the serial child killer in prison to 'try and find out what he did with her'.

He said: 'I campaigned to try and see him. All I wanted to do was to try and talk to him and find out what he did with her. 

GENETTE TATE MURDER INVESTIFATION HAS INVOLVED

More than 19,000 items of disclosure.

  • 6,000 actions raised.
  • 3,500 statements taken.
  • More than 12,000 exhibits accumulated.
  • 600 police officers.
  • 250 large storage crates full of relevant material.

'Then perhaps we could come to an end of it all, finding her body and giving her a funeral. 

'I never got an opportunity - he wouldn't see me and we dropped it in the end. I've written lots of letter to him as well but never got anything from him.' 

Black's reign of terror was finally ended in 1990 when he was caught red-handed by police with a barely alive six-year-old girl hooded, bound, gagged and stuffed in a sleeping bag in the back of his van in the Scottish village of Stow. 

He had sexually assaulted her moments earlier.

Once in custody detectives were able to link the predator to a series of unsolved crimes in the previous decade.

In 1994, Black was found guilty of three child murders in the 1980s - those of 11-year-old Susan Maxwell, from the Scottish Borders, five-year-old Caroline Hogg, from Edinburgh, and Sarah Harper, 10, from Morley, near Leeds - as well as a failed abduction bid in Nottingham in 1988.

In 2011, he was found guilty of the 1981 murder of nine-year-old Jennifer Cardy, from Ballinderry, Co Antrim.

There was new hope of a prosecution for Genette's murder after Black lost an appeal against his conviction for Jennifer's murder.



Susan Maxwell
Jennifer Cardy

Victims: Susan Maxwell (pictured top) was 11 when she was killed by Black,  Jennifer Cardy, was nine (bottom)

'The appeal court ruling was a game changer for us,' Mr Burgan said. 'The court of appeal ruled that Black's offending was so unique that bad character evidence could be used to identify the offender at the scene.

'That enabled us to reinvestigate Genette's murder in 2014.' 

Black first became a suspect in Genette's murder in 1994 and was initially interviewed by Devon and Cornwall Police about it in 1996.

In 2002, a large scale investigation took place and was linked with one the Police Service of Northern Ireland were conducting into Jennifer's murder.

Following the Court of Appeal decision in 2013, Devon and Cornwall Police launched a reinvestigation into Genette's murder. Officers have since identified potential witnesses in the case.

'We were hopeful we would have had a final decision by April,' Mr Burgan said. 'Mid to late February was our time and date for submitting the file.

'It has come as a complete shock. Black was 68 years of age. He wasn't in the best of health but there was nothing to suggest that he was poorly.

'We had a provision in place with the prison in Northern Ireland that if he was badly ill we had officers that would have gone and spoken to him regarding Genette's disappearance.

'From what we can ascertain he has just collapsed in prison.'

Sarah Harper
Caroline Hogg

Murdered: Sarah Harper (pictured top) was 10 when she was killed. Caroline Hogg (bottom) was just five

Mr Burgan said Genette's family were 'devastated' with Black's death, and said he himself was 'hugely disappointed'.

'Robert Black was ultimately an aggressive, predatory paedophile,' Mr Burgan added. 'He was every parent's worse nightmare. He was a danger to children.

'Robert Black did kill on a number of occasions around the country and we would attest that Genette was one victim in that reign of terror he committed from 1978 until his arrest in 1990.'

Only Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley – whose five victims were aged ten to 17 – killed more children than Black in modern British criminal history.

Thomas Hamilton killed 16 in the 1996 Dunblane massacre but is not considered a serial killer as this happened in one brutal day.

As many as 40 cases were examined by police in the 1990s but 13 killings are understood to remain potentially linked to Black, including the Tate case.

A source close to the investigation said Black's death was a 'cruel blow' for the Tate family as police had expected to charge him with her murder. Detectives have spent months preparing a case for the Crown Prosecution Service.

No trace of the newspaper delivery girl, 13, has ever been found. All that remained were her bike and scattered papers in the lane.

Scottish-born Black never spoke about the killings but after his arrest, he admitted his depravity, telling police: 'I've always liked young girls since I was a young kid.'

Police abroad have looked at links between Black and the killings of four girls near Paris in 1987 and a girl, seven, in Amsterdam in 1986.

SORDID CHILD KILLER ROBERT BLACK TAKES SECRETS TO THE GRAVE  

Robert Black, one of the UK's most notorious serial killers, has gone to the grave carrying many untold secrets from his murderous past.

Convicted of four child murders and range of other sex crimes, the delivery driver who stalked the roads of Britain and Ireland for his young victims has long been suspected of involvement in other unsolved disappearances.

He was born in 1947 near Falkirk in Scotland to single mother Jesse Hunter Black. The factory worker put her son up to be fostered within weeks.

The couple that took him in - the Tulips - were in their 50s and lived in Kinlochleven in the West Highlands.

Within 11 years both had died, and Black was placed in a children's home back in Falkirk.

He claimed his desire to self-abuse and his fascination with young girls had already developed well before then.

In Falkirk his proclivity for sexual violence emerged when, as a 12-year-old, he was accused of trying to rape a young girl. No charges came of it, but Black was moved to an all-boys' home in Musselburgh as a result.

In that institution he claimed he was the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a male staff member.

When in Musselburgh he would walk the short distance to Portobello to swim and work as a lifeguard at the coastal resort's swimming pools.

Black, pictured in 2010, after being found guilty of the murder of schoolgirl Jennifer Cardy at Armagh Court


Black, pictured in 2010, after being found guilty of the murder of schoolgirl Jennifer Cardy at Armagh Court

Twenty years later one of his victims, Caroline Hogg, would disappear close to those same pools.

When he turned 15, Black left the home in Musselburgh and moved west again, to Greenock, outside Glasgow.

A year later, in 1963, he faced the courts for the first time after molesting a seven-year-old girl in an abandoned air raid shelter.

He had lured her from a swing park with the promise of showing her a box of kittens. Instead he choked her to within an inch of her life and then violated her. He left her in the darkness, lying unconscious.

Yet he was not incarcerated for the crime, receiving only a caution for lewd and libidinous behaviour.

Black relocated back to Falkirk where he started dating his one and only girlfriend. They stayed together for a while and Black even asked her to marry him. She said no, and the relationship ended acrimoniously.

He harboured immense bitterness over the rejection from then on.

The court heard he snatched nine-year-old Jennifer Cardy (pictured) as she cycled to a friend's house


The court heard he snatched nine-year-old Jennifer Cardy (pictured) as she cycled to a friend's house

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Three years after attacking the girl in Greenock, and now working as a builder back in Kinlochleven, he was not so lucky with authorities after being reported for abusing the daughter of a couple he was lodging with.

In 1967 he was found guilty of three counts of indecent assault and sent to borstal in Polmont, outside Falkirk, for a year.

Black moved to London on his release and soon became immersed in the sordid world of under-the-counter child pornography.

Again he found work as a swimming pool attendant, where he could earn money while spying on young girls in their costumes.

Swimsuits were one of the paedophile's particular fetishes and behind the locked door of his rented room in north London he would squeeze himself into young girls' costumes and act out sordid sex acts.

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