• 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!

  • Books,  Ivan Milat

    New Book by Ivan Milat’s Defense Attorney

    Andrew Boe, Ivan’s defense lawyer just published a book about his life and cases, “The Truth Hurts – An exposé of imperfect justice”. Took me a little while but I found a site shipping it overseas so I was able to order it! An anecdote from The Guardian : “Or the image Boe paints of himself as an exhausted trial lawyer, falling asleep and waking to find himself resting his head on his client’s shoulder. The client was backpacker killer Ivan Milat, who was “holding me like a baby”.It was during his three years acting for Milat, who was found guilty of murdering seven people, that the Brisbane lawyer became…

  • 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.“