Scotland: Peter Tobin refused to confess to murders as he lay dying

Peter Tobin and victim

The killer has died in hospital aged 76 while serving a life sentence (Image: PA)

Serial killer Peter Tobin refused a final plea to confess to his heinous crimes as he lay dying.

The 76-year-old murderer, rapist and pedophile, who was serving a life sentence for the murders of three women, died earlier today in an Edinburgh hospital.

Detectives have long suspected he was responsible for many more crimes, but the ailing Tobin chose to take his horrifying secrets with him to the grave.

He was found guilty of raping and murdering Polish student Angelika Kluk, 23, and hiding her body under the floor of a Glasgow church in 2006.

The killer was also serving life sentences for the 1991 murders of 15-year-old schoolgirl Vicky Hamilton from Redding near Falkirk and 18-year-old Dinah McNicol that same year.

Their bodies were found 17 years later, buried in the garden of his former home in Margate, Kent.

Detectives know he’s used at least 40 aliases and 150 cars in his life, raising suspicions these deaths were the tip of the iceberg.

Undated handout photos of victims of serial killer Peter Tobin (left - right) Angelika Kluk, Vicky Hamilton and Dinah McNicol. Peter Tobin has died after feeling unwell in prison where he was serving three life sentences. He was rushed to a hospital believed to be the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh by HMP Edinburgh on Wednesday and subsequently died, sources said. Issue date: Saturday October 8, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Tobin. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may be used for editorial reporting purposes only to concurrently depict events, things or people in the photo or facts mentioned in the photo caption. Reuse of the image may require further permission from the copyright owner.

Angelika Kluk, Vicky Hamilton and Dinah McNicol were murdered by Tobin but there may have been many more (Image: PA)

Detective Chief Superintendent Laura Thomson, head of Serious Crime at Police Scotland, said: “Recent attempts to encourage him to do the right thing and share his knowledge that could help the police have been unsuccessful.

“While we have no current lines of investigation into Peter Tobin, we welcome any information regarding his activities.”

The Sunday Mail previously reported he had cancer and fractured his hip in a fall but was refusing food and medicine.

A statement from Vicky Hamilton’s three siblings said: “We remember Vicky, we remember her laugh, her smile and we want to cherish that memory after all these years of not having a clue what was happening to her is followed by heartbreak because we didn’t lose our mother long after Vicky was gone.

“He no longer deserves the thoughts of our family.

“If he has made more sacrifices our hearts go out to their families and we can only wish that one day they get the closure they so much deserve.

“We will not celebrate a death but will commemorate Vicky, Angelika and Dinah along with all other victims and we respectfully ask others to do the same.”

Former Strathclyde Police detective David Swindle, who led the investigation into Tobin, said he had no doubts the serial killer murdered more people.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: “Peter Tobin is evil. He is pure evil. This is someone who had no respect for humanity.’

He added, “This is a coward who took his secrets to his grave.”

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