In welcome news for all of those interested in true crime, Catching Milat, the miniseries about Australia’s most notorious serial killer Ivan Milat is coming to Stan next month, set to stream from April 18.
The two-part show originally aired on telly in 2015 and scored millions of viewers, leaving the entire country unable to sleep (or was that just me?). Based on the very excellent book Sins of The Brother by Mark Whittaker and Les Kennedy, it also (very loosely) draws from the real-life investigation into the Backpacker Murders which saw a team called Task Force Air hunt down and catch Milat.
The dramatised version of events stars Malcolm Kennard as Milat, with Richard Cawthorne playing real-life detective Paul Gordon and Geoff Morrell starring as Superintendent Clive Small, who it must be said did slam the series for taking dramatic liberties after it first aired, calling it “pure fiction”.
Milat murdered seven people between 1989-1993, all backpackers, many of whom were last seen hitch-hiking along the Hume Highway near Milat’s neck of the woods in Western Sydney.
He was convicted in 1996 of the murders of British backpackers Caroline Clarke and Joanne Walters, German tourists Simone Schmidl, Anja Habschied and Gabor Neugebauer as well as Australian travellers James Gibson and Deborah Everist.
He was also charged with the false imprisonment, robbery and attempted murder of British backpacker Paul Onions. Milat is currently serving seven life sentences for each of the murders as well as an extra 18 years for the offences against Onions.
There’s been a lot of interest in Ivan Milat in recent times, with excellent Aussie true crime podcast Casefile launching a five-part series called “Belanglo” just this weekend and Pedestrian.TV‘s own podcast All Aussie Mystery Hour covering the case late last year in an episode entitled “Australia’s Most Notorious Serial Killer May Not Have Worked Alone”. Check it out below, or on iTunes HERE and Spotify HERE.