Fight to stop you paying for Milat’s funeral

 

THE NSW Corrections Minister says "hell will freeze over" before his department pays for the funeral of notorious serial killer Ivan Milat.

The backpacker murderer died in the hospital of Long Bay Jail on Sunday morning after being diagnosed with oesophageal and stomach cancer in May.

He wrote a one-page letter on Thursday to his brother Bill and sister-in-law Carol with instructions for it to be sealed until his death.

 

A video still from the final police interview with Australia’s most notorious serial killer Ivan Milat.
A video still from the final police interview with Australia’s most notorious serial killer Ivan Milat.

 

In it, the 74-year-old insisted the NSW government should pay for his funeral.

"Please don't pay for my funeral services or contribute in any way," he wrote.

Milat signed off the letter with his name and a small illustration of a figure with a halo above the word "innocent".

 

Ivan Milat’s final letter to his brother. Picture: 10 News
Ivan Milat’s final letter to his brother. Picture: 10 News

 

A Corrective Services spokeswoman on Monday said it would "under no circumstances" be paying for the funeral, and Corrections Minister Anthony Roberts today reiterated that message.

"Hell will freeze over before Corrections pays a cent for Ivan Milat's funeral," Mr Roberts told 2GB Radio.

Milat was sentenced in 1996 to seven consecutive life sentences for murdering seven backpackers, whose bodies were found in makeshift graves in the Belanglo State Forest in the 1990s.

 

 

He is suspected of having committed many more murders, including the killings of at least three people whose bodies were found in three other forests between 1971 and 1991.

But he told the detectives he could not tell them anything about the deaths of three women in the Newcastle area.

"His body will remain on ice until the family stumps up cash or can tell NSW Police where the bodies are buried," Mr Roberts said.

 

Ivan Milat in a police car after attending court in Sydney. Picture: AP/Rick Rycroft
Ivan Milat in a police car after attending court in Sydney. Picture: AP/Rick Rycroft

 

Detectives interviewed Milat eight times in jail and hospital in the weeks before he died, Channel 9 reported yesterday.

"You could put a blowtorch to me ears or eyes or whatever and … I can't help ya," Milat told detectives, saying there was no evidence against him.

Milat's daughter Lynise, meanwhile, said yesterday she was depressed by her father's death, even if the "whole world" was pleased.



40 YEARS ON: Hero in orange awarded for lifetime of service

Premium Content 40 YEARS ON: Hero in orange awarded for lifetime of service

Why this Warwick legend has been given one of the SES’ rarest recognitions for...

DON'T MISS OUT: Read it all for $1 a week for first 12 weeks

Premium Content DON'T MISS OUT: Read it all for $1 a week for first 12 weeks

Deal gives you access to local, regional and metro News sites

Hot topic: Where candidates stand on euthanasia

Premium Content Hot topic: Where candidates stand on euthanasia

Where candidates of Qld election stand on issue of euthanasia