• 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…

  • 1994,  Ivan Milat,  Magazines,  Photos,  Wally Milat

    Wally Milat : My Brother Ivan

    Less than a month after Ivan Milat’s arrest for the Backpacker Murders, his younger brother, Wally Milat, gave an interview to Who Weekly. The interview was published in the June 13, 1994 edition which was subsequently banned for showing Ivan’s face to the world. On growing up Like most of the Milat children, says Wally, Ivan left school at 15. “He’s always been in road work or construction work. He did work in construction for a while, digging foundations and things like that. He worked all over Sydney. About that time my dad was in the construction game and most of the work was jumping onto a train and riding…

  • 1995,  Chalinder Hughes,  Ivan Milat,  Letters,  Photos

    Letter to Chalinder : March 6, 1995

    Ivan Milat’s letter to his girlfriend, Chalinder Hughes, from Long Bay Jail. The spelling mistakes are his. 6-3-95 Chalinda my love Good evening. I hope you had a nice day. I assume it is Wensday but could be Tuesday. Who care anyway. Again another lost weekend this last 9 1/2 months has been very hard for you. (I do love you and the next 6-7 months will be as difficult as well. I still have high hopes knowing they will make it very hard for me.  Anyway my love thanks for coming out last Saturday you looked great as usual, don’t worry too much about how I look, it won’t…

  • 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.…

  • 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 Belangalo. 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…