Convicted child murderer Robert Black died in a Northern Ireland prison while serving a life sentence for killing four girls in the 1980s.
Black, a 68-year-old Scottish-born truck driver living in Northern Ireland at the time of the crimes, died of natural causes while serving time at Maghaberry prison, BBC reported on Jan. 12. In 1981, Black killed 9-year-old Jennifer Cardy after abducting her as she was riding a bike near a friend’s home.
The next year, he abducted and murdered 11-year-old Susan Maxwell in a town near the Scottish border. After that, Black killed 5-year-old Caroline Hogg after abducting her from her home near Edinburgh, Scotland.
In 1986, he abducted 10-year-old Sarah Harper while she was walking home from a store. Her body was later discovered in a river.
“While this is not being treated as suspicious, the Prison Service has informed the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Coroner, and Prisoner Ombudsman,” the Northern Ireland Prison Service said of Black’s death. “It would not be appropriate to comment further at this time."
Cardy’s case was the last to be solved, with Black being convicted in 2011. He was already serving life sentences for the three other killings.
The man was caught in 1990, when police stopped his van and found a 6-year-old victim bound and gagged in the back seat.
Black was the primary suspect in the disappearance of 13-year-old Genette Tate, who was last seen in Devon in 1978. No trace of the girl was ever found, and their was insufficient proof to prosecute Black.