Ivan Milat, known as "The Backpacker Killer," is an Australian serial killer responsible for the brutal killings of seven young backpackers in Belanglo State Forest southwest of Sydney. Many of his victims were tourists looking for an adventure of their lives, but since the cruel discovery of their remains in 1992, it was clear that they had mortally wounded with a twisted monster on the way.
Following his arrest and conviction, Milat has become a part of Australian folklore – his violent crimes that inspire horror films and scare campfire stories. These are the most troubling facts about his twisted crimes and the legacy of true evil.
0 He inspired the horror film Wolf Creek
Most horror fans will be familiar with the fact-based film "Wolf Creek" from 2005. Three backpackers travel to Wolf Creek National Park in Outback, Australia, but their joyful journey ends when they realize the car will not start. Then they meet a local Bushman and the rest play host to terrible violence and torture. "Wolf Creek" was a blockbuster, especially because of the added fear factor of the "Based on True Events" card, which lit up at the beginning of the film and paid much attention to the murders of backpackers in real life hands of Ivan Milat.
Greg McClean, the director of the film, wanted to show the darker side of Australia when he stated, "The Australian culture consists of bright, sunny beaches," Crocodile Dundee & # 39; and all that kind of shit and downsides: xenophobia, homophobia, sexism, racism, all these things we squeeze together but are alive and healthy. 
9 Early Criminal Trajectory
Born in 1944 in Guildford, New South Wales, Australia. Milat was one of 14 children. His Yugoslav-Australian parents with a migrant background raised their children to discipline and they all received a good education. When he was 17 years old, a young militia was already known to the local police, and he ended up in juvenile detention, where he served 18 months for theft. Already two months after his release, he was arrested for driving a stolen vehicle and sentenced to two years of forced labor.
In 1971, Milat was charged with abduction and rape when two female hitchhikers claimed that they attacked him when he was armed with a knife. He was acquitted on all charges, as the prosecution did not make a convincing case against him. In 1975, he met his future wife, 16-year-old Karen Duck, who eventually divorced, alleging that he had been violent throughout her marriage and had described him as "gun-crazy." It was only a matter of time before Milat's crimes became much worse. 
8 Brutal Backpacker Murders
On September 19, 1992, an Orienteering Team in Belangalo State Forest announced the cruel discovery of two corpses in an area known as hangmen. The bodies were identified as 21-year-old British backpacker Caroline Clarke and 22-year-old Joanne Walters, who have been missing since April this year. They had both been stabbed repeatedly and Clarke had been shot 10 times in the head. The police discovered a brick fireplace near the bodies next to discarded cigarette butts and cartridge cases of .22 caliber.
Then, in October 1993, the bodies of 19-year-old Deborah Everist and 19-year-old James Gibson were discovered in a remote area of the same forest – the young Australian couple also suffered brutal stab wounds. The police tried to put together a timeline of victims when a Gibson camera was found more than 120 kilometers away last December.
The following month, the bodies of 21-year-old Australian Simone Schmid, 21-year-old German backpacker Gabor Neugebauer and her 20-year-old friend Anja Habschied were also discovered. Most emphatically, Habschied had been beheaded and the skull was never recovered. The investigators believed that a serial killer had attacked backpackers in the area, and time went by until more victims were killed. 
7 Lust for Pain
Despite all the evidence gathered at the scene, the police made little progress in conquering the killer. The forensic psychiatrist Rod Milton was called in to introduce the potential serial killer. He came to the conclusion that the suspect was in his mid-thirties and had a history of violence. The main motivation for the crime was to inflict pain on others.
Former police chief Clive Small recalled: "The crime scenes themselves were small clearings in a very dense forest. The bodies were left there because he believed that no one else would see them anyway. (The backpackers) were isolated from other family members, which in fact gave the killer more protection and less chance of discovery.
All bodies were buried with their hands down in the ground back with multiple puncture wounds. Small said, "That shows you how evil and evil the murders were. The deaths have been dragged out, and the fact that there have been a number of deaths shows that he has committed himself more and more to the murders. 
6 Serial Killer Trophies
In 1994, British backpacker Paul Onions identified Milat as the man who had attempted to kidnap him in the past year. Onions had just managed to get away with his life. The police then discovered that Milat was not in action at the time of the killings and began monitoring his home.
On May 22, 1994, Milat was arrested during a dawn raid. He shared a house in Eagle Vale in southwest Sydney with his younger sister Shirley. Several serial killer trophies were found in his house. Camping equipment with sleeping bags and other personal belongings of the victims was in the house. Weapon parts were also hidden in the walls and ceilings. According to his younger brother, Milat had found an accomplice in his younger sister who revealed, "Shirley was there. I can not really say that Shirley committed murder. I can only say that she was involved. "Shirley was fined $ 1000 for hiding a gun during the investigation. 
5 Australia's Worst Serial Killer
During his trial before the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1996, Milat did not plead guilty to the shocking evidence the prosecution had against him. Every morning queues were waiting in front of the courthouse, waiting to gain access to the public gallery for a glimpse of Australia's worst serial killer.
Judge David Hunt, referred to in the press as "Ivan The Terrible," told the jury, "You would have to be hermits who have not heard of this case at all, there will necessarily be some degree of emotion. But you must put all the horrors for these crimes aside. "
The trial ended after six months Milat was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences without parole and served most of his sentence at Goulburn Supermax Prison, and Milat received another 18 years for the robbery, attempted kidnapping, and attempted murder of Paul Onions. 
4 Hunger Strike for a PlayStation
Milat tried to get behind bars to injure himself and join forces in one rather than in the heavily guarded little cell he spends most of his days A list of self-inflicted injuries includes swallowing metal, razor blades, staples, and banging his head against the prison walls. Milat also parted his little finger with a plastic knife.
Most recently, it was reported in May 2019 that Milat had lost 20 kilograms after a hunger strike when his application for a PlayStation was turned down. Corrective Services Commissioner Ron Woodham said, "There is no inmate on my watch who would ever come near a PlayStation, especially Australia's worst serial killer." He can stage as many protests as he likes, but it would not make sense to have one because he needs two hands to use him. 
3 Other potential victims
Milat was charged with murder 7 It is believed, however, that the actual number of victims is much higher. In 1993, murder detectives in New South Wales reopened several cases in which 58 young people were missing. Many of the young female victims were murdered in the late 1970s in a time when Milat worked as a road worker and lived in hotels near the same areas. He was considered a suspect when the bodies were partially buried and a 22-caliber rifle was found nearby – a similar crime scene as in Milat's convicted cases.
During an investigation, Milat denied any involvement in the unsolved murders and stated, "I can look these mothers in the eye and tell them that I would not do that to anyone." He also ridiculed the parents of a teenage victim named Amanda Robinson, who was last seen on the Pacific Highway late at night. Milat commented, "I could ask how they could let a 14-year-old (Robinson) run around at midnight." 
2 The Imitator-Killer
The Belanglo Forest, where Milat committed his crimes, became known as the "Playground for Serial Murderers". With more than 80 km of lonely forest roads, a killer would have no problem driving into a remote area and disposing of a body undetected. Former detective Clive Small believes it was this reputation that attracted another murderer, Daniel Holdem, to commit his crimes here.
In December 2008, Holdem killed 20-year-old Karlie Pearce-Stevenson and her 2-year-old daughter Khandalyce in the woods. He then deposited the remains of the child 1200 km away in Wynarka, South Australia.
Former detective Clive Small said: "The fact that the murder took place and there was no attempt to bury the body, that it seemed to have been there for a while, certainly raised the question of Milat." Sense of obsession to get away with it. I think he must have been satisfied with that.
1 Deathbed Declaration
Since early 2019, Milat undergoes chemotherapy for advanced oesophageal and gastric cancer. In a three-page letter to The Sun-Herald, he made the final statement of his innocence from his deathbed. As of July 11, he wrote: "My life since my arrest and then my conviction have completely subscribed to the evidence of my innocence (and) of the judiciary conspiring the miscarriages of justice." Milat, who always drew letters with a stick figure and the word "innocent" claimed to have been framed by detectives.
He added, "I'm sure you know how cancer is, it's a grim finding, and less than fifty percent survive it, and I think the unpredictability of the treatment's effect leaves any comment it would overtake me. It is in the hands of my caregivers (doctors, etc.) and, of course, our Lord in heaven.
With the serial killer's health rapidly declining, it's the stolen lives of the victims three decades ago that left so many in mourning. 
Cheish Merryweather is a true crime thriller and a fanatic of curios. Can be found either at house parties where Charles Manson says he's only 5 feet 2 inches tall or at home reading true crime magazines.