Convicted serial killer Ivan Milat has finally died in the medical ward of Sydney’s Long Bay jail after a battle with terminal oesophagus and stomach cancer, according to ABC News. He’s been in and out of hospital since May, with many hoping for a deathbed confession from the 74-year-old, who was arrested in 1994 for the murders of 7 people. And nope, that confession did not come.
Milat has always maintained his innocence and denied killing Australian couple Deborah Everist and James Gibson, German tourists Simone Schmidl, Anja Habschied and Gabor Neugebauer and British backpackers Caroline Clarke and Joanne Walters, all of whom were found buried in shallow graves in in NSW’s Belanglo State Forest in 1992-1993. He was convicted of the murders in 1996.
Milat shot, stabbed and even decapitated one of his victims, with all but one of them “subject to sexual interference”, according to ABC News. Many people believe the 7 murders are not Milat’s only crimes, with the ex-road worker linked to many disappearances up and down the east coast in locations which mirror his movements during the 70s and 80s, but insufficient evidence means he’s never been charged with any other crimes.
There was no deathbed confession as many had hoped for, in fact as recently as August he again protested his innocence in a letter to the Sun-Herald.