‘He’s Capable Of Obscene, Disgusting, Gruesome’ Acts, Serial Killer's Ex-Wife Says
After a rough childhood marked by an absent father and drug-using mother who eventually died of an overdose, Cathy Wilson was alone at the age of 16.
Unemployed and rudderless, she stepped into the arms of a man she met in 1986 at a biker bar in Brighton, about 80 miles south of London. He was 30 years older than her. His name: Peter Tobin. He told her he could get her job at a hotel, a plan that doesn't work out.
"I was confused," Wilson said of Living With a Serial Killer, a new series on oxygen. She had no other options. They became a couple and soon a pattern of mental abuse and intimidation began, a dynamic that a criminologist would refer to as coercive control. The relationship became a test of how much Wilson would endure and how far Tobin would go.
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The couple had a son, Daniel, in December 1987. Wilson's joy in motherhood, however, was tempered by Tobin's escalating abuse, which soon became physical. In 1989 he uprooted her and moved her to Scotland, a calculated decision to control and isolate her.
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Peter Tobin, Cathy Wilson, their son Daniel.
A decade and a half later, Wilson's marriage to Tobin was over for years. But her ex-husband and horrific abuse came back in September 2006 after a young woman disappeared in Glasgow, Scotland.
Angelika Kluk, a Polish student who was new to the area and worked in a church, had disappeared. Police spoke to and worked with a Church handyman who called himself Patrick McLaughlin. He had little information to support the case.
But when police tried to interview McLaughlin again, they found that he had got up and left his job and home. The strange behavior turned him from a witness to a suspect. They posted a photo of McLaughlin for the media in hopes that people would recognize him.
Hundreds of miles away, Wilson did it right away. She informed investigators that the man they were looking for was her ex-husband and that his name was Peter Tobin. The fact that he was traveling under a pseudonym threw the detectives more red flags.
Investigators returned to the church where Kluk worked. After a more thorough search, they found her body under the church. She was raped, beaten and stabbed.
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Area under the church where Angelika Kluk's body was found.
Detective Superintendent David Swindle was so affected by the "ferocity" of the crime that he suspected that Tobin had previously killed.
Tobin's background check revealed that he was a convicted sex offender who violently raped two teenage girls. He had been released into a 14-year prison term for 10 years for this heinous crime.
A special initiative, Operation Anagram, was established. It turned the investigation on its head - detectives were looking for victims, not the killer.
For Operation Anagram to produce results, the detectives had to delve deep into Tobin's past and discern a detailed schedule of his coming and going in the past. They spoke to Margaret Tobin, his first wife, who revealed that she had been imprisoned during their marriage. Wilson also spoke to investigators, revealing that she and Daniel were locked in their own home like his first wife.
When Wilson told Tobin she was going to get a divorce, he threatened to kill the boy if she ever left. Wilson feared for the lives of her and her son if they stayed and took the opportunity to escape one day when a door was mistakenly left unlocked. These past reports informed detectives as they handled the Kluk case.
On October 1, 2006, police received a notice that Tobin was in a London hospital. Under the name of John Kelly, he had complained of chest pain. The Scottish detectives were still waiting for DNA tests to determine if Tobin's genetic material matched the sperm found on Kluk's body. Fortunately, they were still able to arrest him for leaving Scotland, which did not meet his terms as a convicted sex offender.
While he was being held, laboratory tests showed that Tobin's DNA actually matched evidence on Kluk's body. He was charged with her murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2007. In the meantime, investigators have pushed Operation Anagram further.
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Wilson's revelations about Tobin helped fuel the initiative. She explained that after escaping the house, she let Tobin back into her life. In early 1991 she left him alone with Daniel. Tobin eventually brought the boy back to Scotland and informed Wilson that she would not see the child again. Desperate to get her son to safety, she returned to Bathgate, Scotland, in 1991, where Tobin punished her by forcing her to have humiliating sex while her child watched.
Wilson gave the detectives the Bathgate address where this had happened. When they followed up on their report, they found that a 15-year-old girl, Vicky Hamilton, had not disappeared from that address around the time he was there. A search for Tobin's Bathgate address found a knife with particles of skin and blood that matched Hamilton's DNA.
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Wilson also told investigators about an address in Margate where Tobin lived in 1991. In November 2017, two bodies were found during a search of the garden area: Vicky Hamilton and Dinah McNicol (18), who had also disappeared in 1991.
Although the bodies were on a property where Tobin lived, that fact alone did not link him to the remains of the women. So detectives compared Tobin's DNA with genetic material using an important piece of evidence in the Hamilton case: her wallet, which was found after she disappeared. The results showed a near DNA match to Tobin, but not a perfect match. It was so close that they tested Daniel's DNA, which was a match.
The police had the evidence they needed to show Tobin was a mass murderer. In 2008 and 2009, Tobin was tried and convicted of the Hamilton and McNichol murders.
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Back yard of home in Margate where Peter Tobin lived and buried the bodies of Vicky Hamilton and Dinah McNicol.
"I've now accepted that this is who he is," Wilson told Living With a Serial Killer of her ex-husband. “But there are always revelations. There is no end. "
Wilson pondered Tobin's murder of the young murder victims, describing him as "capable of obscene, disgusting, cruel acts." He has no remorse in his body at all, not a single bit. "
Wilson is convinced that Tobin does not think of his victims, only of himself. "He's merciless and has no compassion at all," she said.
To learn more about the case, watch "Living With a Serial Killer" on Oxygen or stream episodes here.
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