Austrian Serial Killer Ivan Milat Dies Without Confession

Ivan Milat, circa 1970. Photo: Marco Uiller, licensed under creative commons.

Author: Cailyn Schiltz

Ivan Milat, Australia’s most notorious serial killer, died this Sunday in Long Bay Jail’s Hospital at the age of 74.

He was given seven life sentences in 1996 for brutally murdering seven backpackers and depositing their remains in the Belanglo State Forest.

According to CNN, Milat had been diagnosed with terminal esophageal and stomach cancer.

Up until his death, Milat denied all charges and claimed he was innocent. Police officers visited him in prison and the hospital eight times, trying to elicit a deathbed confession. Milat stood by his innocence, despite the overwhelming forensic evidence, including an escaped victim’s testimony.

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