• Ivan Milat,  Lynise Milat,  Marilyn Milat

    Lynise Milat about her father

    The Daily Telegraph managed to talk to Lynise Milat, Ivan and Marilyn’s daughter, a few months before Ivan Milat death : “I don’t think when I look at him, ‘Did he, didn’t he?’. I think he’s an arse and a character but he’s brutally honest, that’s not to say I always like him,” Lynise told the publication. “But I will always love him. I don’t want him to die, he doesn’t deserve to be dying in pain in hospital, I’d rather not … see him.” “If the police suspected him, why did they take so long to charge Ivan and allow him to build himself into a serial killer they say he…

  • 1991,  Ivan Milat,  Photos,  Wombeyan Caves road

    Ivan Milat at Wombeyan Caves Road

    Three of the Milat brothers (I believe Wally and Bill are among the owners) owned a small property on the Wombeyan Caves road, twenty five miles from Belanglo. The brothers used the place for camping and shooting practice. Ivan was a frequent visitor, either bringing his girlfriends, friend or just spending time with his brothers and their families. The Wombeyan Caves Road is a New South Wales country road linking Mittagong near the Hume Highway in the east to the Goulburn-Oberon Road at the locality of Richlands in the west. The road is designated as Main Road 258.

  • Books,  Evidence,  Ivan Milat

    Violent Crimes that Shocked a Nation, Unsolved

    Following Ivan Milat’s arrest, police officers started searching the home he shared with his sister, Shirley. Among the items seized was this book, Violent Crimes that Shocked a Nation – Unsolved by Australian author and former Daily Mirror reporter, Anthony Barnao. The book was published in 1985 and is now out of print. The Canberra Times article from November 2, 1994 as well as author of the book Highway to Nowhere, Richard Shears mistakenly named the book Violent Crimes that Rocked a Nation – Unsolved. I couldn’t find a description of the book but going by the title it’s obviously about unsolved crimes in Australia.

  • Childhood,  Ivan Milat,  Magazines,  Margaret Milat,  Newspapers,  Photos

    Margaret Milat about Ivan

    The Sydney Morning Herald interviewed Ivan Milat’s mother, Margaret Milat, before the verdict of the trial in 1996. She hoped beyond hope for a verdict of not guilty. “But if Ivan is innocent, then they’ll go and arrest Richard. They’re both innocent. They were living here when those murders were meant to happen. I did all their washing, there was no blood. They’re good boys.“ Mrs Milat, still lives in the yellow weatherboard house in Guildford where she and her late husband, Croatian-born Stephen, raised 10 sons and four daughters — not without the help of one of them, a conscientious little boy called Ivan. “He wasn’t the oldest boy,…

  • 1996,  Chalinder Hughes,  Ivan Milat,  Newspapers,  Photos

    Chalinder Hughes about Ivan Milat

    Chalinder Hughes was born near Delhi but left with her Hindu family when a year old to settle in the Midlands of England. In 1978, at age 17, she migrated to Australia with her English fiance, married him in 1985 but parted away a few years later. “The marriage broke up after my husband had returned from an American holiday. He told me he had met someone else. The experience left me cautious about forming permanent relationships in the future. I settled for living a quiet life.”  She met Ivan Milat in 1992 after working at a Sydney accountancy firm with his sister, Shirley. “I got on well with Shirley…

  • Ivan Milat,  Magazines,  Metropolitan Remand Centre,  Newspapers,  Photos

    Ivan Milat first months in Jail

    Following his arrest on May 22, 1994, Ivan Milat was sent to the Metropolitan Remand Centre at Long Bay Jail while awaiting trial. Former prisoner Ian McDougall, who shared a cell with Milat for seven months, summed him up this way : “With Ivan you never had to worry about sleeping with your eyes closed. You share a cell with a bloke for 12 to 15 hours a day, you get to know them, their thoughts, their secrets. You develop a bond. He’s so typically average that he stood out from other prisoners, many of whom are on drugs or scheming and scamming. He was naive. Sometimes he would slap…

  • 1996,  Gifs,  Ivan Milat,  Mark Tedeschi,  Trial

    Ivan Milat and the rubber glove

    On the first day of his cross-examination, June 17, 1996, Ivan was being asked about items found in his car. At the end of the day, after a very long cross examination, just before 4 o’clock, just before the court is about to rise, the prosecutor, Mark Tedeschi asked Ivan a question about a rubber glove also found in his car, “And I ask you did you wear it by any chance in the crimes in the Belanglo State Forest in order to prevent fingerprints being left?”. Ivan blew it, “I wore no …”  he stopped himself. You could hear a pin drop in the courtroom.  Tedeschi: “You wore no…

  • 1996,  Ivan Milat,  Mark Tedeschi,  Trial

    Ivan Milat cross-examination, 1996

    Ivan Milat cross-examination by the Crown prosecutor, Mr. Mark Tedeschi on June 20, 1996 : I suggest to you that you disposed of Mr James Gibson’s gear in the Galston Gorge and that you knew that area? IM : I never disposed of nothing and I don’t really know that area. I suggest to you that you took Deborah Everist’s property and that that’s how her sleeping bag came to be in your home? IM : I never took nothing of hers and I don’t know nothing about her stuff at our place. I suggest to you that you gave her backpack to your sister-in-law, Joan, knowing that the real…

  • Ivan Milat,  Margaret Patterson,  Newspapers,  Sins of the Brother

    Ivan Milat’s victim, Margaret Patterson: “He’s genuinely nice”

    In 1995, Les Kennedy met with Margaret Patterson who was picked up by Ivan while she was hitchhiking. She said to Kennedy that she forgave Ivan for what happened and was angry with her former friend for giving interviews in exchange of money. Margaret acknowledged that she has written to Ivan and even visited him in prison more than once. “I do give him the benefit of the doubt that he might not be guilty and I’m just incredibly sad that he was in that situation.  It’s not as though I don’t think the crimes are very bad, but I felt very sorry for him…He seemed extremely happy to see…