Australia’s most notorious serial killer has sent a number of chilling letters from behind bars.
Ivan Milat is currently locked up at Supermax jail, in Goulburn, 200km south-west of Sydney, but remains stumped as to why people remain interested in him.
In the letters he expressed surprise that his correspondence with strangers has made national news and is debated on chat shows.
Milat, now aged 74, was convicted and given seven life sentences in 1996 for the murders of seven young travellers and the robbery and attempted abduction of British man Paul Onions.
Australia’s most notorious serial killer can’t understand why the nation is so fascinated by him
Milat, now aged 74, was convicted and given seven life sentences in 1996 for the murders of seven young travellers
In a letter obtained by True Crime Australia, Milat seems bemused but rather pleased at the media attention he still receives.
‘They appear on breakfast TV and display my letters around as if it was something akin to getting a message from God,’ he wrote.
‘I watched one of those morning programs, the TV breakfast personality (sic) a handful of pages written by me, such a quizzical expression on her face as she reads stuff that would not raise her grandmother’s eyebrows.’
The backpacker killer, who is kept in solitary confinement, also blamed the media for reporting on him unfairly.
The backpacker killer (pictured) is kept in solitary confinement and does not mix with his fellow prisoners
The letter also revealed Milat had not developed relationships with his fellow inmates, who he sees rarely due to his solitary confinement.
‘No friendships developed with fellow prisoners,’ he wrote.
‘My program does not permit, plus they, fellow prisoners, are terrorists or alleged ones, government policy does not permit my contact, though we (are) all in proximity of each other.
‘They mix and appear quite friendly with each other.’
Inmates in the prison, which has the official name of the High Risk Management Correctional Centre, include killers, rapists, convicted terrorists and the Australian men recently accused of planning ISIS -inspired terrorist attacks.
Milat’s victims were Australians Deborah Everist and James Gibson, Britons Joanne Walters and Caroline Clarke, and German backpackers Anja Habschied, Gabor Neugebauer, and Simone Schmidl.
The remains of all Milat’s victims were found in the Belanglo Forest north of Goulburn. They had been bound, beaten and then stabbed or shot, their bodies placed face down and covered in mounds of leaves and twigs
Milat has been housed in Supermax, which has 171 surveillance cameras and 24 hour monitoring of inmates in and out of their 3m by 4m cells.
The last time he was outside the facility was in 2009, for a hospital visit after he sawed off his little finger with a plastic knife.
Milat’s victims included Australians Deborah Everist and James Gibson (pictured) as well as Britons Joanne Walters and Caroline Clarke, and German backpackers Anja Habschied, Gabor Neugebauer, and Simone Schmidl
The remains of all Milat’s victims were found in the Belanglo Forest north of Goulburn (pictured: Joanne Walters)
It emerged in 2016 That Milat refuses to listen to Radio Triple M’s breakfast show because he finds it ‘distasteful’.
When Triple M producer Max Dudley asked the Supermax prison guard whether the Grill Team’s captive listeners included the Belanglo Forest killer, the officer said: ‘No, he refuses to listen to it. He finds it distasteful’.