Every parent likes to see the best in their child. Disobedience is seen as strong-willed, manipulative is seen as intelligent, and rule-breaking is just curiosity.
As a child, one troublemaking Scottish boy was seen as the wild child in his family. But once he was an adult, those childhood behavioral issues were actually clues to the true evil that was inside him…
The 8th Child
In 1946, Peter Tobin was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland to an Irish Catholic family. Tobin was the baby of the family, but with 4 older brothers and 3 older sisters, his father, a council worker, and his mother, a stay-at-home mom had their hands full.
But out of all the children, Tobin was the one who caused the most trouble and was known as the wild one in the family. By the time he was 7 years old, he was already causing so much trouble that his parents were forced to send him to a reform school…
However, the reform school didn’t make any difference to Tobin, whose behavioral issues got progressively worse as he got older. Childish pranks and disobedience turned into minor convictions. By the time he was 19, Tobin was already forced to do time in a young offenders’ institution.
Back On Track
After being released a year later in 1966, Tobin worked in a Glasgow boarding house as a chef. Tobin seemed to be staying out of trouble and getting his life in order. When he was 22 years old, he met 17-year-old Margaret Mountney and got married shortly after…
Prince Charming Disappears
According to Margaret, Tobin was incredibly charming and she believed she had found her soulmate. But soon after they tied the knot, he became a completely different person. The charming prince was gone and had been replaced by an abusive monster.
Margaret was regularly locked up and beaten. Nearly a year after they met, Margaret came home one day and found Tobin had decapitated her puppy. He then raped her multiple times before sexually assaulting her with a knife. Tobin left Margaret to die, but she was saved when a neighbor saw her blood soaking through the ceiling…
The First Conviction
While in the hospital, Margaret was too terrified to report Tobin to the police for what he had done to her and only managed to escape the toxic relationship when Tobin was convicted and jailed for 5 years in 1970 for burglary and forgery in England.
Tobin served just 3 years of his 5-year sentence, and when he was released in 1973, he got a job with the city’s water department and was trained to dig trenches. That same year, Tobin also met Sylvia Jefferies in Brighton and got married shortly after…
A Pattern Emerges
Yet again, Tobin was charming and a perfect gentleman to the 30-year-old nurse. But once they got married, Tobin became violent and manipulative. Over the next 3 years, the couple gave birth to a son, Ian, and later a baby girl who died after being born.
Sylvia knew she and her son had to get away from Tobin to survive, and in 1973, she finally managed to run away to a women’s refuge. When she showed authorities evidence of the brutal violence and abuse she experienced while married to Tobin and was granted a lifelong restraining order…
For the next 10 years, it appeared Tobin was staying out of trouble and getting his life in order, but in 1984, an 8-year-old girl who lived in the same council block in Portsmouth, England, told her parents that Tobin had been raping her for 2 months. Police began an investigation, but there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him.
Two years later, Tobin was traveling the country fitting insulation panels into buildings when he met 16-year-old Cathy Wilson, who fell for Tobin’s act like his first 2 wives. They moved in together 3 weeks after meeting and Cathy became pregnant not long after. After giving birth to a son, Daniel, they got married in 1989 and moved to Scotland…
The Abuse Begins
Like every other relationship, Tobin became abusive and wouldn’t let Cathy out of the house. A year later, Cathy managed to save up enough money to run away on a bus back to England. In 1991, Cathy allowed Tobin back into Daniel’s life when he moved back to England and was living just over 2.5 hours away.
But if Cathy had known what Tobin had been up to since she had left him, or what he was truly capable of, she would never have left her child with her ex-husband ever again. While Tobin was watching Daniel during one visit in 1993, Tobin drugged and raped two 13-year-old girls…
When Daniel interrupted his father, Tobin called Cathy in the middle of the night and told her to come pick up their son at 2 a.m. Tobin then left the girls to die in his apartment after turning the gas on, but one escaped and told the police what happened.
The Search Begins
Tobin disappeared and a nation-wide search began for the rapist. Police found Tobin 40 days later using an alias, Peter Wilson, and he had been staying with a Christian community. Tobin was found guilty of the attacks and was sentenced to 14 years in jail, of which he served 9…
Tobin was released from jail in 2004, but a year later, he was back to his old ways. On October 23, 2005, Tobin attacked a 24-year-old woman with a knife, but she escaped and notified the police. The police issue a warrant for Tobin’s arrest, but he had disappeared by the time the investigation started.
On The Run
Tobin fled to Glasgow, Scotland and used a fake name, Pat McLaughlin, to get work doing odd jobs and sought refuge at St. Patrick’s Church. On September 24, 2006, Tobin raped and murdered 23-year-old Angelika Kluk and put her body under the floor at the church. After a few days, Angelika was reported missing and Tobin disappeared…
The Truth Is Revealed
Once police discovered the body, DNA evidence proved Tobin was the killer. 6 days later, Police find Tobin and charged him with the murder of Angelika Kluk. Tobin was sentenced to a minimum of 21 years in prison, but when police started searching Tobin’s former homes, they discovered the bodies of Vicky Hamilton and Dinah McNicol, two girls who had gone missing in the early ‘90s.
Connection To Bible Tom
Since Tobin was sentenced to life in prison for the murders and rapes, some suspect that he is really the serial killer Bible Tom since Tobin was in the same location at the same time of Bible Tom’s 3 murders. However, police will likely never know since DNA samples have been damaged. Today, Tobin is a frail old man and is still serving his sentence at the Saughton jail in Edinburgh.