Ivan Milat, the Aussie serial killer convicted in 1996 of the murders of seven young people in NSW‘s Belanglo State Forest between 1989 and 1993, is sending incredibly cooked letters to journos from inside Goulburn Correctional Centre again, True Crime Australia writes.
The ten-page letter sent to the publication directly spells out Milat’s third-person thoughts about such far-flung subjects as hitting animals when driving, breakfast television, ‘fake news’, and his rumoured connection to a slew of missing women in the Newcastle region.
Milat seems to admit both that he is a keen follower of his own mentions in the media – has he got a Google Alert set up? – while at the same time decrying it as peddling falsehoods about him. He refers directly to the suspicion that he may have been involved in the disappearances of three women, Amanda Robinson, Jeanne Goodall and Robin Hickie, who each went missing from Newcastle between December 1978 and April 1979 – a time when Milat worked in the area.
Trust or not the media! Even the USA President is often critical of the veracity of media reporting, ‘fake news’.
I refer to the Sunday 8 July 2018 True Crime [Australia] story, missing females in the Newcastle region, how did I get involved in it?
Following my convictions on 27 July 1996, on 28 July 1996, the police commander of the Newcastle area command came up with a most ingenious solution to clear the police books of many unsolved disappearances, since mid-seventies to the mid nineties numerous females aged from 14 to early 20s seemly just vanished off the face of the earth, no trace of them emerged…
The solution was to lay it all on Ivan Milat and a relentless police campaign abley (sic) assist by all media services accused Ivan Milat for the disappearances/ murder of 8,9 or 11 female young persons. This program to blame me continued on up until late 2000. Not once did any police come to talk to me during all this.
When he was questioned, at the 2001 inquest into the suspected murders of the three women, Milat recalls the high security precautions of authorities:
“It was quite a circus, the transport me operation to Toronto [Court] (sic), lots of vehicles guards, helicopters hover above us at times, even snipers on top of car park opposite the court.
“I’m shackled, chained and double cuffed and all morning I’m being asked questions, invited to tell a time I worked in the area.“
In the letter, Milat also seems to refer to himself as a kinda ‘God’, and tears into the breakfast panel shows which use his letters to fill up their endlessly long timeslots.
“They appear on breakfast TV and display my letters around as if it was something akin to getting a message from God.
“I watched one of those morning programs, the TV breakfast personality a handful of pages written by me (sic), such a quizzical expression on her face as she reads stuff that would not raise her grandmother’s eyebrows.”
The oddest moment in the letter however comes when he decides to share some “driving advice” I guarantee nobody ever asked for: “Some driving advice, when driving about, if you were to hit a were wolf, don’t stop.”
Milat has always maintained his innocence, despite the huge amount of physical evidence pointing to his involvement in the backpacker murders. So in the letter he seems to accuse the judicial system of corruption, akin to the actions of the banking sector and religious organisations, each investigated in lengthy Royal Commissions.
Upon my arrest, trial and since conviction on 27 July 1996 (do the maths to now), I have prosecuted my innocence, ten appeal/review court rejection judgments to date (include two to the High Court of Australia).
Those banks and other financial companies and, in particular, the churches in Australia, are novices when it came to conspiracies, to protect the system, The Supreme Court judiciary are the masters in protecting the system.
At the end of his missive, Milat apologises for his squirrelly handwriting:
“Please forgive my writing. Broke some things in my shoulder a few years ago, no repairs done, and awkward to write at times.
True Crime Australia promise to release the full letter tomorrow. Stay tuned.
The horrific story of Ivan Milat’s backpacker murders was the focus of the final episode of the first season of PEDESTRIAN.TV‘s All Aussie Mystery Hour podcast, where we discuss some of Australia‘s most-enduring mysteries. You can catch up on the whole season on iTunes HERE, or on Spotify HERE. Or, you can just listen / download below.
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