• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • Ivan Milat,  Newspapers,  Photos

    “I Believe he’s a good man”

    Two friends, a married couple who have known Ivan Milat for around 20 years, and who would prefer their names not be published, called him “a good mate. When you needed a hand, he was there,” said the husband, pointing out the work Milat had done around their home. “You didn’t need to ask him. When he was arrested we couldn’t believe it.“Added his wife : “I believe he’s a good man. He was easy to get on with, tremendously easy, and I’ve never seen him angry. They’ve got to find the real person who did this.“

  • 1994,  Chalinder Hughes,  Ivan Milat,  Letters,  Photos

    Letter to Chalinder : July 20, 1994

    Ivan Milat’s letter to his girlfriend, Chalinder Hughes, from Long Bay Jail. The spelling mistakes are his. Ivan spelled her name “Chalinda” and used to call her “Cylinder” because he couldn’t pronounce her name. My dear Chalinda Hi how are you. I am OK, as you know I got your letter yesterday don’t worry about what them people write as you said it is because the police are telling them I think it will be a while before it come’s out. We have to get our brief first, it would kick up a row if it did come out first. I rang AB [Andrew Boe] this morning nothing much had changed…

  • Eagle Vale,  Ivan Milat,  Photos,  Shirley Milat

    Inside Ivan Milat’s House

    Ivan Milat‘s house is located at 22 Cinnabar StEagle Vale NSW 2558, Australia. Ivan and his sister, Shirley, bought the land for $50,000 in 1992 and he started building the house with his brother, Wally. From Sins of the Brothers by Mark Whitaker and Les Kennedy : Ivan told his workmates ‘I’m going to build it with this sheila.’ His friends, Noel Wild and Terry Palmer were under the impression he was shacking up with some woman as well as having ‘Cylinder’. ‘What’s your girlfriend think of that?’ Wild asked. ‘It’s all right. She’s very much like me.’ ‘What, have you got ’em on a roaster?’ Palmer asked. ‘You can’t…

  • 1994,  Books,  Ivan Milat,  Photos,  Surveillance

    “They’re watching me. They’re keeping an eye on me.”

    In April 1994, a colleague of Ivan Milat, Don Borthwick, was interviewed by the Task Force Air. He arranged for the officer to conduct the interview at his office, Borthwick and Pengilly Asphalt Pty Ltd in St Clair. Said it was a routine enquiry. Ivan was one of many people they were looking at. They asked what he was like; how much control Borthwick had over his movements at the RTA. They asked him about his work attendance. They were pretty casual. Borthwick thought it was all bullshit. Not Ivan. He didn’t tell them what he was thinking, but he made it clear from his tone that they had the…

  • 1996,  Arrest,  Chalinder Hughes,  Interview,  Ivan Milat,  Magazines,  Photos

    Interview with Chalinder Hughes

    The following interview was published in Who Weekly, August 5, 1996. At the beginning of their relationship Milat and Hughes often went to the movies, dinner or to visit members of his family. “He liked staying at home quite a bit because he was pretty tired from work. He took me to Darling Harbour and Circular Quay on occasions.“ They didn’t see much of each other during the week, but spent many weekends together. On the weekend of May 22, 1994, Chalinder Hughes was staying with Ivan at the home he and his sister Shirley shared on Eagle Vale when the now-famous Task Force Air police raid was made. “From…

  • Books,  Childhood,  Family,  George Milat,  Ivan Milat,  Magazines,  Photos,  Wally Milat

    Ivan Milat’s Younger Years

    “These people like Milat are consummate actors,” forensic psychiatrist Rod Milton, who advised Task Force Air during their 20-month hunt for the killer, said. They “present themselves as loving and kind and nice. It’s very interesting to think that some of these serial killers’ families, when they find out, sever all connections. Others closes ranks.” By and large, Milat’s family has thus far stood by him, and so has his former girlfriend.  Actor he was. Through his sheer energy and cowboy charm, Milat exerted a certain charisma that captivated and bullied those close to him and, like the distractions of a good magician, served to veil evil impulses that he…