Backpacker killer Ivan Milat dead

Australia’s most notorious serial killer Ivan Milat has died in a Sydney jail.

Corrective Services NSW has confirmed Milat, 74, died in the hospital at Long Bay Jail at 4.07am on Sunday morning.

He’d been suffering from terminal oesophagus and stomach cancer.


Milat had recently undergone treatment in hospital where it was thought his time was up but he was returned to prison a few days later.

He’d been undergoing chemotherapy since being first diagnosed in May.

Milat was found guilty of murdering seven young backpackers between 1989 and 1992 –Melbourne couple Deborah Everist, 19, and James Gibson, 19; German traveller Simone Schmidl, 21; German couple Anja Habschied, 20, and Gabor Neugebauer, 21; and British friends Joanne Walters, 22, and Caroline Clarke, 21.

Their bodies were all discovered in the Belanglo State Forest south of Sydney between September 1992 and November 1993.

Some of his victims had been stabbed, others shot, while one had even been decapitated.

Milat has long been suspected of being involved in the disappearance of several other young travellers but Police have never been able to link him to any other crimes.

The presiding judge at his trial said it was ‘inevitable’ that Milat had help committing the backpacker murders.