Australian serial killer, Ivan Robert Marko Milat (born December 27, 1944, died October 27, 2019) was convicted in 1996 of the backpacker killings. Assault, confinement, robbery, and murder were only some of Milat’s many crimes as the “Backpacker Murderer.”
The Beginnings of A Person’s Life
It was common for his father to be abusive and for his mother to be pregnant.
Stjepan Marko “Steven” Milat (1902–1983), a Croatian immigrant and labourer, and Margaret Elizabeth Piddleston (1920–2001), an Australian, had a son, Ivan when they married when she was 16 years old. Sydney, New South Wales’s Bossley Park neighbourhood was the family’s first home before they moved to Liverpool. Milat was the fifth of their 14 children and was born there. Local police were familiar with many of the Milat lads, and Milat had shown signs of antisocial behaviour as a child, landing him in a residential school at the age of 13.
A shop break-in at the age of 19 was Milat’s first brush with the law at the age of 17. On his release from prison a month later, he was arrested for driving a stolen car, condemned to two years of hard labour, and sentenced to 18 months in prison for breaking and entering. He was condemned to three years in prison in September 1967, when he was just 22 years old.
An investigation led to the conviction of Ivan Milat for seven murders.
Ivan Milat on the 31st of August 1997. (SMH)
For the murder of seven trekkers, Milat, a former road worker, received seven consecutive life sentences in 1996.
Four couples from Melbourne — Deborah Everist and James Gibson and German Simone Schmidl — and two German individuals — Joanne Walters and Caroline Clarke — fell prey to his crimes: they were both from the United Kingdom, while the other two were from Germany.
In the 1990s, their bodies were unearthed in improvised graves in the Belanglo State Forest of New South Wales.
The backpacker murdered would become a worldwide sensation.
Cause of Death
A crime scene was established in the hospital room of Australia’s most notorious serial killer, who died while denying his heinous deeds. Ivan Milat lay on the iron bed in cell 032 of Long Bay Hospital’s MS Unit just after 4 a.m. on Sunday, October 27, 2019.
With his eyes and mouth wide open, he was wearing an adult nappy, an adult sweater, and a hospital tag, all of which were green.
A crime scene officer supervised by the police sergeant in charge of forensic fingerprint operations collected imprints of the right thumb and index finger of Milat’s right hand to verify that the body was really his.
Milat’s cell was investigated by police, who found no traces of physical damage and seized personal papers located near the body of the deceased. Bodily tags were applied to Ivan Milat’s corpse, which was then placed in an Ivan Milat-branded body bag.
No internal examinations will be performed during the autopsy procedure, which entails a big incision and the removal and weighing of his organs, as ordered by the coroner.
Deputy Coroner Derek Lee’s report, which news.com.au has recorded, reveals a few surprises in Milat’s corpse.
On October 27, 2019, Ivan Milat died in his cell at Long Bay Hospital, where he was fingerprinted. Coroner’s Office of NSW
Milat is carried back to Long Bay, where he will spend the rest of his days in a coma.
Seven young tourists were murdered by Ivan Milat throughout his killing years, and all of them died in gruesome and horrifying ways.
Post-mortem exams of Milat’s seven known murder victims revealed the degree of Milat’s aggression and the cruelty he perpetrated on them between 26 and 27 years previous to his autopsy.
The seven Belanglo Forest victims were tragically killed when they were still young and healthy, denying them the chance to grow old like Milat, who died of cancer at the age of 74.
Even in death, Ivan was on the verge of disclosing some of his deepest secrets.
Milat was brought from Long Bay at 11 a.m. on the day of his death, just like a dignitary lying in state.
He arrived at the Forensic Medicine & Coroners Court Complex in Lidcombe, Sydney’s western suburb, some 40 minutes later.
The autopsy on Ivan Milat’s body began at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 30.
His body had no symptoms of rigour Mortis or decomposition, but it was “cachectic,” meaning it had lost a lot of fat and muscle mass as a result of an illness that had taken hold. Oesophageal cancer had metastasized or spread to his bones, liver, and lymph glands before he succumbed to his illness.
Milat, on the other hand, was showing signs of an illness that may have killed him if cancer hadn’t taken hold. As well to pale eyes, he had a grey beard and moustache, as well as dark hair. Milat’s ears, nose, mouth, lips, genitals, and facial skeleton were all regarded as “unremarkable” by some.
His legs had swelled to the point where they were painful to touch. His fingernails showed “clubbing” and his teeth had “caries” (cavities).
He was declared dead after doctors were told not to attempt resuscitation. The serial killer frequently refused cancer treatment in the months and weeks leading up to his death.
He was offered appointments with medical professionals including gastroenterologists but he didn’t go until he was in the last stages of a serious illness.
Following Milat’s death, the NSW Police changed their procedure for notifying family members of fatalities.
A 16-year-old girl Milat met in 1975 who was pregnant with Milat’s cousin was introduced to him. Before moving to Liverpool, the expanding family lived at Bossley Park. They tied the knot in 1983 and went on to have a daughter. They divorced in 1989 after she left him in 1987 due to domestic abuse.