Serial killer Ivan Milat, who murdered seven backpackers and hitch-hikers in between 1989 and 1993, has died in prison at the age of 74.
Milat, who was also suspected of becoming accountable for the deaths of various other individuals but in no way confessed to them, passed away at four.07 am on Sunday morning in Sydney’s Lengthy Bay jail, the Each day Telegraph reported.
Ivan Milat pictured in Could when he was transferred from prison to obtain remedy in a public hospital for cancer which claimed his life on Sunday morning.
Milat had been taken from prison in Could to be treated in hospital for cancer of the oesophagus and stomach ahead of later becoming returned to the hospital wing of the jail.
The cancer has spread to his liver, lungs, bones and lymph nodes, and he created fluid on his heart.
Milat was serving seven life sentences for the murder of seven backpackers in bushland south of Sydney.
The 74-year-old was convicted in 1996 for the murder of seven backpackers in the Belanglo State Forest, south of Sydney, in between 1989 and 1992.
He was serving seven life sentences for the killings but usually maintained his innocence and refused to confess to the other deaths that police believed he was accountable for.
Milat was identified guilty of the killings of English backpackers Caroline Clarke, 21, and Joanne Walters 22, Melbourne couple James Gibson and Deborah Everist, each 19 and German backpackers Simone Schmidl, 20, Gabor Neugebauer, 21, and Anja Habschied, 20.
He stabbed most of his victims – decapitating 1 whose head has in no way been identified – and shot one more 10 instances in the head as if utilizing her for target practice.
Milat maintained his innocence by means of to his dying days regardless of robust proof which was utilized to convict him of the murders.
Milat was visited by his brother and sister-in-law in his dying weeks and stated he does not require a priest as he had practically nothing to confess.
Bill and Carol Milat visited the convicted killer, who they refer to as ‘Mac’, in hospital on Saturday.
‘We asked Mac the query, ”are you guilty?” And he categorically denied it,’ Carol told the Illawarra Mercury.
‘I stated ”look, I know you happen to be a Christian, you have Christian faith, and so do I … did you do it or not? For the reason that if you want to speak to a priest we can arrange it”.
Carol stated he then started ‘rattling off’ motives why he could not have committed the crimes.
She stated she apologised to Milat for asking but told him ‘everyone desires to know’ and ‘we know you did not do it’.
Carol stated they’ve been punished ‘all this time’ since of her surname.
Milat’s victims have been variously shot and stabbed and 1 of the bodies was identified decapitated.
Bill stated they questioned Milat about the killings since absolutely everyone desires a ‘deathbed confession’.
He added that he was with Milat throughout 3 days exactly where crimes took spot.
‘Mac is upset since it has impacted all of us, but like I stated numerous instances ahead of, individuals nevertheless think Lindy Chamberlain is guilty even although she was exonerated. They are in no way gonna alter their thoughts no matter what the truth is,’ Bill stated.
Ian Clarke, the father of 1 of Milat’s victims, remains hopeful for a deathbed confession to bring some type of closure to the parents of other doable victims.
Mr Clarke’s daughter Caroline and her pal Joanne Walters have been amongst the seven young backpackers Milat killed and dumped in the Belanglo State Forest.
‘We nevertheless assume of Caroline each and every day but it does not imply to say we have to assume of Milat each and every day,’ Mr Clarke told AAP from his property in Northumberland.
Milat had been in juvenile detention from his early teenage years and considering the fact that his conviction for the backpacker killings he had been held in Gouldburn Super Max – the country’s most safe prison.
Of the killer’s demise, he added: ‘It’s a horrible way for anyone to finish their life but then it was even a lot more horrible the way our daughter and so numerous other folks lost theirs, so sympathy is not higher on the list, I am afraid.’
Mr Clarke stated a final confession and admitting exactly where any other bodies have been disposed could bring some sort of closure to other households, who he stated he feels ‘desperately sorry for’ as they will now in no way obtain that.
‘If he was to lastly face up to the reality and admit to any other folks that he has carried out, if certainly he has, then I assume that would be a fantastic issue for these parents, since for the brief time that we did not know, I know just how they will have to be feeling,’ he stated.
ln July, Milat wrote a 3-web page letter sustaining his innocence.
‘My life considering the fact that arrest, and then conviction, has been devoted wholly to prove my innocence,’ he wrote in a handwritten letter to the Sun-Herald.
Milat complained the court and judiciary ‘conspired to obscure the miscarriages of justice’ in his case and accuses police of setting him up.
‘Framed by Smaller and co., a malicious court trial, the appeal judiciary guard the verdict,’ the dated July 11 letter started.
This was in reference to retired NSW Police detective Clive Smaller, who led the backpacker murders investigation.
In his letter, he claimed NSW Supreme Court judge David Hunt was biased against him and attacked how the jury was directed.
‘The case against the prisoner at the conclusion of the proof and the addresses was, in my view, an overwhelming 1,’ Judge Hunt stated in sentencing.
‘Although his legal representatives displayed a tactical potential of a higher order, and performed his defence in a skilful and accountable manner, in my view the jury’s verdicts have been, in the finish, inevitable, I agree completely with these verdicts. Any other, in my view, would have flown in the face of reality.’
Milat mounted various legal challenges to his conviction which includes an appeal in 1998 and two unsuccessful attempts to take the case to the Higher Court.
‘I strive to overcome their bastardry, I have on occasions seriously jeopardized my life to overcome their utter unreasonableness,’ he wrote in the letter.
He has spent most most of the final two-and-a-half decades in Goulburn’s Supermax prison, the strictest in Australia.
He was also questioned in 2004 about the disappearance of two nurses at Parramatta in 1980 when he was operating at the nearby Granville depot of the then Division of Major Roads.
In 2006 Milat was named by police at an inquest as the particular person most probably to have killed a schoolgirl and her boyfriend who disappeared from northern Sydney in 1978.
IVAN MILAT’S MURDERS
In between 1989 and 1992 seven young backpackers went missing when hitch-hiking on the outskirts of Sydney, New South Wales.
Their bodies have been all found in the Belanglo State Forest, close to Bowral, south of Sydney, and identified to be victims of serial killer Ivan Milat.
The victims have been:
Victorians Deborah Everist and James Gibson, each 19, who have been final noticed in December 1989, and who have been each and every stabbed many instances.
German Simone Schmidl, 20, who disappeared in January 1991 and died from many stab wounds, which includes a knife by means of her spinal cord.
German Gabor Neugebauer, 21, who was gagged and shot six instances and his 20-year-old girlfriend Anja Habschied, who was decapitated immediately after they disappeared in January 1992.
Britons Caroline Clarke, 21, who was shot 10 instances as if she was target practice and Joanne Walters, 22, who was stabbed. Last noticed in April 1992.
Ivan Milat received seven life sentences for the murders.