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Serial Killer Robert Black Just Gets Creepier and Creepier

There are few things creepier than a serial killer but a serial killer who likes molests and kills kids is one of them.

Robert Black is one of the creepiest serial killers due to the fact that he preyed on little kids.

From Wikipedia:

Robert Black (born 21 April 1947 in Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, Scotland is a Scottish serial killer and paedophile. He kidnapped, raped and murdered three girls during the 1980s, kidnapped a fourth girl who survived, attempted to kidnap a fifth, and is the suspect in a number of unsolved child murders dating back to 1969 and the 1970s throughout Europe.

He is currently on trial for the abduction and murder of a nine-year-old girl, Jennifer Cardy,  in Northern Ireland 30 years ago. During testimony the court heard some chilling confessions from an interview with him.


A murder trial has heard how serial child killer Robert Black joined in building sand castles on crowded beaches in order to get closer to unsuspecting young girls.

Black, who is on trial for the abduction and murder of a nine-year-old girl in Northern Ireland 30 years ago, made the admission in interviews with police investigating the girl’s death.

During a series of exchanges spanning 10 years while he was in prison for other murders, Black admitted he had a strong sexual interest in young girls and would actively seek them out.

The 64-year-old from Grangemouth, who is on trial at Armagh Crown Court, denies abducting Jennifer Cardy as she cycled along a country road in Ballinderry, Co Antrim, on August 12 1981 and killing her.

The girl’s body was found six days later in a dam 15 miles away behind a roadside lay-by at Hillsborough, Co Down.

The court has already heard how Black was convicted in 1994 of three unsolved child murders in the 1980s – 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 interviews with Northern Ireland police in 1996, which were read out in court, Black refused to admit he was responsible for the murders of his three victims.

“I’ve done things where I should have exerted a bit more self control, that’s all,” he said.

Note from me: Talk about an understatement!  Still, that is how many serial killers think. 

Asked if he liked pre-pubescent young girls, he replied: “Yeah I couldn’t hide that.”

But he refused to accept he had murdered anyone. “I don’t like the idea of people thinking of me as a killer,” he said.

Black told detectives he would introduce himself to groups of children on beaches and concoct a pretence for talking to the girls’ parents to strike up a relationship.

“If they were burying each other in the sand I might join in or something like that,” he said.

“I would ask them to watch my watch and glasses while I went for a swim,” he explained.

“I would just observe them as long as I could and then carry on walking along the beach keeping my eyes open for another opportunity.”

The Crown claim Black, a London-based dispatch driver, was in Northern Ireland on the day Jennifer disappeared on a delivery run.

Under questioning by detectives, Black insisted he had no involvement. But he did admit he would often watch young girls from his van in the course of his work.

“I would look at her (a young girl) and try to guess what age she was, maybe I might park up for a couple of minutes and watch her,” he said.

The trial continues.



It is an insight into how these predators get close to their victims. I wonder how many parents read this and thought back to when their kids were little then wanted to throw up. These monsters know how to come across as harmless and that is one of their most dangerous tricks.

Jury is Told Defendant is Serial Killer

ARMAGH, Northern Ireland, Oct. 8 (UPI) — The jury in the trial of a truck driver accused of killing a girl in Northern Ireland in 1981 was told Friday he has been convicted of three murders.

Prosecutor Toby Hedworth warned jurors that Robert Black’s criminal record does not automatically mean he is guilty of the murder of 9-year-old Jennifer Cardy, the Belfast Telegraph reported. But he said they can consider the similarities between the abduction and killing in County Antrim and other crimes in England and Scotland.

“What you certainly must not do is say: ‘Well, he’s done those other ones, he’s a thoroughly bad man, so we’ll find him guilty in this case as well,'” Hedworth said.

Black, 64, is on trial in Crown Court in Armagh, charged with killing Jennifer while he was making a delivery in Northern Ireland. Jennifer’s body was found at McKee’s Dam, 10 miles from her home in Ballinderry, six days after she disappeared.

A native of Grangemouth, Scotland, Black was brought up by foster parents. Investigators say he may have killed many more girls in Britain and other European countries, the newspaper reported.

Black pleaded guilty to kidnapping a 6-year-old girl who was found tied up in the back of his van in Scotland in 1990. He was later convicted in Newcastle Crown Court of killing three girls in the 1980s in Scotland and northern England and attempting to kidnap a fourth, and was sentenced to life with a minimum of 35 years before release.


From Wikipedia.

Police suspected Black of the murders of Susan Maxwell, Caroline Hogg and Sarah Harper. They checked his petrol receipts and eventually charged Black with all three murders, in addition to the attempted kidnapping of a 15-year-old girl who had escaped when a man who had tried to drag her into a van in 1988.

Black stood trial at Newcastle upon Tyne Moot Hall on Wednesday 13 April 1994 and denied the charges. Having sifted through many thousands of petrol-station receipts, the prosecution was able to place him at all the scenes and show the similarities between the three killings and the kidnap of the six-year-old girl who had been rescued. Juries are not usually allowed to know of a defendant’s current or past convictions, but in this case the judge allowed it.

On 19 May, the jury found Black guilty on all counts, and he was sentenced to life imprisonment and told that he should serve at least 35 years. This would keep him behind bars until at least 2029, when he would be 82.

I hope that by letting the jury know he is a convicted serial killer the prosecution did not mess up. I would hate for this trial to be a waste of tax payer money due to that.

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