We know who Ljubica Topic was.

The six-year-old Windsor girl was sexually ravaged and beaten to death on May 14, 1971.

On Friday, cops announced that after nearly 50 years they had identified her killer. It is likely one of the oldest cold cases to be solved in this country.

But despite the solid DNA link to the killer — who recently died — cops aren’t releasing his name because of … wait for it … “privacy” considerations.

Think about that.

Windsor Police Det. Scott Chapman’s stellar work closed the 50-year-old case. POSTMEDIA

“They’re not releasing his name. Call us,” University of Western Ontario criminology professor Michael Arntfield told The Toronto Sun.

“The dead do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.”

Cops say the killer was 22 when he savaged little Ljubica on that warm spring day so long ago.

At the time, he lived in the girl’s neighbourhood.

Then he moved west where he stayed. Cops say he was not even on their radar until recently.

There is no best before dates for serial killers.

Homicide detectives at the scene of the crime in 1971. POSTMEDIA

A battered woman who plants a 12-inch butcher knife into the chest of her abusive husband will probably never have another interaction with cops.

On the other hand, you don’t sexually torture and murder a child when you’re 22-years-old and just stop.

Police bureaucrats have developed a deeply troubling penchant for secrecy over the past decade. Leave the public out of the loop.

And they are sulling “the stellar investigative work” of Det. Scott Chapman whose dedication helped solve a case that had vexed generations of detectives, Arntfield added.

Ljubica Topic’s body is taken away from the crime scene in 1971. POSTMEDIA

“It’s highly unlikely Ljubica wasn’t his only murder. Twenty-two is the precise age when killers begin serial sexual homicide,” the former cop said.

“When you cut your teeth at 22 you don’t stop.”

By the time a serial killer is busted, he has typically murdered two or three other people, Arntfield said citing the statistical mean from a 2014 FBI study.

Windsor cops don’t think their monster killed again in their neck of the woods. But what about the rest of the country?

The Trans-Canada Highway has been littered with bodies for decades, particularly in the west.

Arntfield pointed to American serial killers Samuel Little and Neal Falls, nomadic drifters who butchered their way across the U.S. with near impunity.

A sex worker parked two bullets in Falls in a Charleston, West Virginia motel room in 2015. And when detectives began looking into him, they pieced together his travels and discovered that wherever he went, escorts vanished.

The killer as he may have looked as a young man, left, and years older. Know him?

According to Arntfield, about 95% of cold case homicides that are closed are a result of public engagement.

“People who worked with the guy, friends, neighbours can provide a lot of insight,” he said.

“There is no reason to protect his name, legally or ethically. Only productive things can come from releasing the name.”

He added: “And it can help determine this guy’s whereabouts. It’s also almost 50 years. What has he been doing? The secrecy really harms a phenomenal investigative victory.”

My question for the police brass that is engaging in this bureaucratic B.S. is this: How many other Ljubica Topics are there out there?

“Dedicated cops take a case like this to the wall and then an insular bureaucracy makes the decision to keep a killer’s name secret,” Arntfield said.

“Essentially, it’s a whitewash.”

Ljubica Topic’s young life was snuffed out by a maniac.

Sharing the killer’s name could give desperately needed meaning out of a terrible and senseless tragedy.

In that way, a little girl who died too young could become an avenger for others like her.

Do you know who her killer was? Let me know.

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