• 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…

  • 1997,  Interview,  Ivan Milat,  Newspapers,  Photos

    Interview with Ivan Milat, 1997

    In October 1997, The Bulletin published an exclusive interview with Ivan Milat, the first since his arrest and trial. The interview was based on questions sent to him via letters and to which Milat replied. He warned them that the “real murderers” are still free and capable of further killings. He said he was framed by police. When asked if he was in any way involved in the murders, the convicted serial killer said, “Absolutely not. Nor do I feel I have to show any feelings towards the people murdered by the backpacker killers because I didn’t do them.“ He described how he spend most of his days in “closed…

  • 1997,  Arrest,  Ivan Milat,  Newspapers,  Shirley Milat

    Interview with Shirley Milat, May 1997

    Following Ivan Milat’s and other prisoner, George Savvas’ planned jail break, Savvas was found dead in Maitland jail on May 18, 1997. Ivan was moved to a segregated cell at Long Bay jail and was denied all visitors. “I’m not allowed to see Ivan and I don’t know at the moment whether or not my brother is safe. One man is already dead and I fear they want another dead,” Shirley Milat said. Milat and Savvas planned their escape the week before but the prison guards were tipped off. Shirley Milat denied rumors her family was involved in the escape plan, “nobody in our family was involved in any escape attempt.…