• 1998,  Ivan Milat,  Letters,  Photos

    Statement of Innocence by Ivan Milat

    May 15, 1998 : That morning of my arrest and the circumstances the police used to justify it. Paul Onions (crown witness} was given 13 photos to look at and he chose me. He had no choice – I was the only one with the blackhair and the type of moustache, similar to the description he gave to police after he was robbed at gunpoint near the Belanglo Forest in 1990. He looks at photos and then writes out a statement to back up his description. It was unreal. It was all there, my pepper and salt hair, colour of eyes, etc. I had to agree it was my photo…

  • 1998,  Books,  Ivan Milat,  Letters

    Ivan Milat about the book “Fate”

    In a letter dated February 6, 1998, Ivan shared his opinion about Neil Mercer’s book, Fate, Inside the Backpacker Murders Investigation : “I had a bit of a read of that book by Neil Mercer, Fate, Inside the Backpacker Murders Investigation, a series of thumbnail-type stories and quite obvious where the information came from. I note he tried to portray it as an account of truth and what took place and does his best to put across things as if they were fact. It is a cheap-type first-effort book, pricey $19.95. A lot of things (all) are against me but he has to keep faith with the police. There are…

  • 1997,  George Savvas,  Ivan Milat,  Newspapers,  Photos,  Prison

    Ivan Milat and George Savvas – Attempted Escape ?

    Ivan Milat, and his cellmate, drugs baron George Savvas, were in separate jails last night after a daring escape plot was foiled. A joint task force, code-named Operation Bengal, raided the maximum security wing at Maitland jail just hours before Milat, Savvas and two prison accomplices planned to stage a break-out. “They were prepared to injure or kill anyone who got in their way,” said Ron Woodham, Corrective Services assistant commissioner in charge of operations. They planned to overwhelm guards in the top security unit, tie them up, steal their uniforms and make their way to the perimeter wall. Rope ladders were going to be thrown over the wall by…

  • Books,  Ivan Milat

    Book : The Serial Killers by Colin Wilson

    There’s only 3 pages about Ivan but it lacks accuracy: Not really a mistake, but concerning the 1971 rape charge, the book only mentioned that Ivan stopped at a petrol station and I think it’s important to tell that he stopped because Greta was thirsty and needed a drink, so he drove her to the petrol station and waited in the car with Margaret. When he fled to New Zealand he wasn’t “brought back” to Australia, he came back on his own. He visited his mother at the hospital and his brother, Boris, called the cops. The author claimed that “there was evidence that, as he killed more and more…

  • 1996,  Ivan Milat,  Photos,  Prison

    Ivan Milat – Maitland Gaol

    Following his trial, Ivan was sent to Maitland Gaol, located in East Maitland, New South Wales. Ivan’s cell was the 014 and his prison number was 240140. Maitland Gaol opened in 1848, and closed in 1998. Ivan was transferred to Goulburn Correctional Centre in Goulburn, New South Wales in 1997 following a “failed escape attempt” (we’ll go back to that another time). The photo above is Ivan’s prison portrait and the photo below shows his cell in Maitland Gaol. The items in the cell were left by Ivan.

  • 1995,  Chalinder Hughes,  Ivan Milat,  Letters

    Letter to Chalinder : December 06, 1995

    Ivan Milat’s letter to his girlfriend, Chalinder Hughes, from Long Bay Jail. The spelling mistakes are his. My dear Chalinda Hello my love, I am well and hope you are…It has been a long time for us and you have been with me all the way, which I am so glad. I am torn between my heart and mind what I should say to you. I only want you to live a happy life, I love you so much that I would do anything to make you happy. Me not writing to you I suppose would not achieve that, that hasn’t been the reason, I only wanted to give you a…

  • Gifs,  Ivan Milat,  Newspapers,  Prison

    Anecdote from Supermax

    Anecdote from The Sunday Telegraph, August 23, 2020 : “We were inundated with stories from former Corrective Service NSW prison staff. Our source swears the officer asked Ivan Milat if he had “been a good boy” before handing him a magazine. The scene was allegedly videoed on a hand-held recorder (used of force was to be used on an inmate), although the footage has long disappeared.”

  • Ivan Milat,  TV Series

    Catching Milat on Amazon Prime

    “Catching Milat“, a four-part Australian series is streaming on Amazon Prime. It follows the life of Ivan Milat at the time of the murders and the NSW Police Taskforce – in particular, Detective Paul Gordon – who tracked him down.It’s a good series as a whole even though they gave too much credit to Paul Gordon (not surprised as he consulted on the series…) and even though the actor playing Ivan was quite good, I had a hard time picturing as Ivan (his face was too “stern”). It’s really worth a watch though!