28 October 2019 06:34
Two of serial killer Ivan Milat's brothers maintain he is innocent of murdering the seven backpackers he was serving life sentences for at the time of his death. Bill Milat said he saw his brother for the last time on Friday in Long Bay jail hospital, and was given a one page letter sealed in an envelope, which he has yet to open. He said Milat did not discuss the murders he was convicted of, but spoke about how two female detectives from Newcastle had questioned him about unsolved murders in the state's Hunter region. Richard Milat told 9News his brother was 'a great fella'. Ivan Milat.
(Nick Moir/SMH) Bill also said his brother was happy to die and spoke of how it would be "relief". "(Ivan) said it would be a relief as his sentence would be over. He said it would be a relief," he told 9News. Speaking outside his Bargo home, Bill said the family planned to have Milat's body cremated and there would not be a funeral. Richard Milat said he didn't need to ask if his brother was a killer. (9News) "Mac didn't want a funeral, he said he knew it would be a circus," he said. "He requested to be cremated but the decision was up to me." Meanwhile, Ivan's younger brother Richard Milat said his brother was "a great fella". "I always thought he was a great fella," he told 9News at his Hill Top home, an hour south of Sydney today. When asked what life had been like being brother of Australia's worst serial killer he said, "I never thought I was the brother of a serial killer so I was laughin'(sic).) Richard also added he did not believe his brother was guilty of the murders. "I don't think anything of the police force, I don't think you can trust them," he said. Ivan Milat with images of some of his backpacker victims. (AAP) Ivan Milat, who had been in prison since 1994, was diagnosed with oesophageal and stomach cancer in May and died at Long Bay Hospital on Sunday. The former road worker was sentenced in 1996 to seven consecutive life sentences for murdering seven backpackers whose bodies were found in makeshift graves in NSW's Belanglo State Forest in the But he is suspected of many more murders than the ones he was convicted of - murders he denied committing despite the efforts of detectives to get him to confess.