The mom of a Lockerbie bombing victim recently discovered that her child, a son, was lost in the Pan Am bombing that killed dozens of Syracuse University students. A new interview via CNN with the saddened mother reveals her anguish and surprising find on a quest that has only recently come to light. Although Carol King Eckersely didn’t know even by this summer 2013 that her missing son, Kenneth Bissett, perished in the devastating attack in 1988, the mother’s adamant search to discover her son yielded the tragic find that he had died years ago. A new report on the headline reveals that the mother never even knew her son's name because she had promised not to look for him in the past. The Epoch Times tells the sad story and what new details are known this Monday evening, Dec. 16.
A young and unsure mother, Carol-King Eckersley was a new mom that chose to give up her son Kenneth Bissett shortly after she had given birth to the newborn child. Although she decided to give him up for adoption, the recent death of her husband encouraged the woman to begin searching the U.S. for the whereabouts of her long-lost child.
While visiting a new lead that led her to a memorial site, the mom found she had a tragic connection to the Lockerbie bombing: her son had been one of the students killed in the blast. Eckersley saw a photo of her child, and due to the likeness he bore to her own father, she was almost certain that the 21-year-old male at the time was her own son. Over 270 people died in the plane explosion, and Syracuse University victim Kenneth Bissett was one of them.
The mom Lockerbie bombing incident began making top news headlines once the heartbroken mom’s adamant search to find her son turned up with the devastating discovery. Her child had been flying on the Pan Am flight.
“She didn’t know her son’s name, because she kept her promise to not look for him or interfere in his life, she told BBC.”
“It became a kind of double tragedy,” she said. “I found him and I lost him on the same day.”
At the time of the boy’s death, Bissett was studying as a junior at Cornell University, and was working with Syracuse University as part of a study abroad program over in London. The 1988 Lockerbie bombing was something that the mom remembered happening in her lifetime, but never knew it would affect her in such a direct and distressing way.
The flight exploded abruptly while flying low over Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland, killing everyone on board plus 11 people on the ground.
“I’m still in the semi-numb part after you lose a loved one,” said King-Eckersley. “Even though I didn’t have him with me physically he was always in my heart. I thought of him pretty much every day.”