A mom was left in tears after she discovered that her son, who she gave up for adoption almost 50 years ago, died in the Lockerbie bombing incident back in 1988. The devastated mom, 65-year-old Carol King-Eckersley, found out last week her son was one of the 270 people killed in the Lockerbie bombing that occurred in Scotland.
As a 19-year old mom back in 1967, King-Eckersley told BBC News on Dec. 14 that she gave up her only son for adoption to protect the reputation of her father, a school principal who did not accept that her daughter had become pregnant and was a single mother.
According to King-Eckersley, she had always dreamed of meeting her son, Kenneth Bissett, one day. She finally took action and the mom began the search for her long-lost son after her husband's death last year. But unfortunately, she discovered that her son was one of the passengers who died in Pan Am Flight 103, also known as the Lockerbie bombing, on Dec. 21, 1988.
"I'm still in the semi-numb part after you lose a loved one," King-Eckersley expressed. "Even though I didn't have him with me physically he was always in my heart. I thought of him pretty much every day."
The Lockerbie bombing incident occurred on a Pan Am transatlantic flight from London to Queens, New York. Wikipedia states that the Lockerbie bombing destroyed the plane and killed all 243 passengers and 16 crew members.
Large sections of the plane crashed into Lockerbie, Scotland, killing an additional 11 people on the ground.
"270 people died in that tragedy and one of those happened to be the only child I ever had. And I didn't even know it until last April," the weeping mom expressed. "So it became a kind of double tragedy. I found him and I lost him on the same day."
According to the Daily Mail, her son had been returning to the US from a term spent studying in London just before the Lockerbie bombing incident. Reportedly, he was aware of the fact that he was adopted but he never had the chance to meet his biological mom.
The saddened mom said that she couldn't imagine how her son's death affected his adopted parents, who are now deceased.
The mom found out her son died in the Lockerbie bombing through a search on the Internet. After entering his name and date of birth, she made the tragic discovery: her son was listed as one of the victims in the Lockerbie bombing on a web page dedicated to the bombing victims.
"There was always the hope and dream that some day there would come a knock at the door and I would open it and there would be this tall handsome gentleman saying, 'Hi, I guess you are my mom'," she said.
"When I saw that on my computer it was like somebody had turned out a light because that hope was gone."