Vicky Hamilton’s dad reads letter to killer Peter Tobin
By Peter Laing
THE grieving fathers of two girls killed by Peter Tobin have sent a furious video message to the jailed monster urging him to confess his crimes.
Michael Hamilton and Ian McNicol plead: “Why kill such lovely girls that did you no wrong?”
The dads of Vicky Hamilton and Dinah McNicol then taunt Tobin with the idea that when he dies he will be damned to eternity trapped “in the little cell you detest”.
Michael, 60, and Ian, 71, cooperated on scripting the hard-hitting video posted to him in jail because Tobin has completely ignored all previous letters.
It is hoped the video message and accompanying letter, which was approved by detectives, will be impossible for Tobin to ignore and may goad him into finally talking to police.
The fathers even included a self-addressed envelope and plain piece of paper with the letter and video sent to Tobin’s cell at Edinburgh’s Saughton prison.
Tobin is serving life for murdering Vicky, 15, who disappeared as she waited for a bus in Bathgate, West Lothian, in 1991.
He is also serving life for the murder the same year of Dinah, 18, and Polish student Angelika Kluk, 23, in Glasgow in 2006.
The bodies of Vicky and Dinah were found in a garden in Margate, Kent.
Tobin, who has refused to admit his guilt, recently dropped his appeal against sentence.
Following reports Tobin had suffered a heart attack, Michael, from Redding near Falkirk, and Ian, from Essex, fear time is running out to establish the truth.
In their joint letter, delivered to camera on their behalf by Michael, Tobin is told: “You are not even man enough to admit what you done to these three girls – the amount of suffering they went through. So come on Peter, stand up and be a man and admit to the police what you have done.”
They add: “You’re not man enough to answer? You can kill our daughters, yet you can’t tell us why, you can’t apologize for what you did to our daughters.”
Michael and Ian then taunt Tobin with possible reasons why he turned into a monster: They ask: “Did your mother give you a bad life as a boy? Or your father? Did they love your brother and sisters more than you? Did a woman do you wrong? Did she?”
The fathers brand Tobin a pervert and a paedophile, saying Vicky was only 15. They taunt him with the message: “You will never get a chance again to touch a girl’s flesh – or to put things right with God. You know you are going to die a sad, lonely paedophile.”
They ask Tobin why he wants them to “keep on suffering”, demanding to know what they have ever done to him. In one heartbreaking passage they ask: “I’m asking you what possessed you to murder my daughter? Why kill such lovely girls that did you no wrong?”
In an extraordinarily powerful conclusion, they vow to pray “that when you die your soul won’t leave this earth”.
They tell Tobin: “Your soul will walk within the four walls of your prison cell for all eternity. So you won’t just be in prison until you die, you will remain there forever, in the little cell you detest.”
The package received by Tobin at Saughton includes a printed letter and DVD of Michael reading it directly to the killer.
Also included is a blank piece of paper for Tobin to write back on and an envelope bearing a first class stamp and Michael’s home address.
Michael said he had consulted detectives still working on the Tobin case to identify other victims.
He said: “They agreed sending the letter by video was a good idea. They also agreed it was a good idea to try and taunt him into talking.”
Michael and Ian hope the video will be much more difficult for Tobin to ignore than the letters they have previously sent.
Even if Tobin chooses not to watch the video himself, the film will also be uploaded to YouTube with the grieving dad’s hoping other prisoners might play the clip in the killer’s presence.
Audio-only versions of the message will even be circulated to radio stations to increase the chance of getting through to Tobin.
Michael, in an exclusive interview with the Mail on Sunday, said: “We know he killed the girls but we want to know what happened and why.
“I think Tobin used his own kid to get Vicky in the car and drugged her. He must have drugged her because she was strong and would have kicked the living daylights out of him.”
He added: “I want him to agree to speak to me. If I was to get to speak to him it would have to be behind a screen – I would love to get to touch him.”
One of the greatest tragedies of the case is that Vicky’s mother, Janette, died in 1993, aged 41, without ever finding out what happened to her daughter.
His voice breaking with emotion, Michael said: “I am sad about that. She wanted to know what happened but it never came.
“Hopefully, they are together in heaven.”
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