News broke yesterday that convicted serial killer Ivan Milat had been moved from a secure ward at Sydney‘s Prince of Wales hospital back to the Long Bay Jail’s hospital, and today various members of the Milat family are weighing in on this latest update.
Keep in mind that many of Milat’s extended family supports the 74-year old, who has been in prison since 1994 serving 7 consecutive life sentences for the murders of backpackers Caroline Clarke, Joanne Walters (both from Great Britain), German nationals Simone Schmidl, Gabor Neugebauer and Anja Habschied, and Victorian couple Deborah Everist and James Gibson. Milat is also serving 18 years for the attempted murder, false imprisonment and robbery of British man Paul Onions.
According to a report in today’s Herald Sun, some of Milat’s family are denying that he’s suffering from dementia as well as the oesophageal cancer that saw his weight plummet down to 20kg after it spread to his stomach.
The convicted killer’s nephew Alistair Shipsey was quoted in the Herald Sun as saying:
Mum [Milat’s sister Olga Milat, who changed her named to Dianne Shipsey] says he’s right on the ball, switched on… Mum says he’s going real good, he’s not dying. Mum says he’s just real skinny.
Milat is still protesting his innocence, with Alistair adding: “He doesn’t want to die. He wants to clear his name.”
But not all of Milat’s relatives are so sympathetic. Adrian Milat is the killer’s grandson — his mother is 52-year-old Lynise Milat, who was born after Ivan Milat had an affair with his brother Boris‘ wife, Marilyn. Today the Herald Sun quoted Adrian as saying:
Mate I couldn’t give the slightest f … about that c. t or whether he lives or dies to be frank. Better off dead anyway and save the taxpayer some dinero.
Sources tell the Herald Sun that Milat has been given a “three month” life expectancy. We’ll keep you updated as the story develops.