– With AAP.
1. Convicted serial killer Ivan Milat claims his innocence in new letter from prison.
Australia’s most notorious serial killer Ivan Milat has written to the media from Long Bay jail hospital, claiming he is innocent of the murder of seven backpackers.
In a three-page handwritten letter dated July 11 and sent to The Sun-Herald, the 74-year-old says his life since being arrested and convicted “has been devoted wholly to prove my innocence…(and) the court judiciary who conspired to obscure the miscarriages of justice”.
Milat was found guilty in 1996 of murdering seven backpackers whose bodies were found in makeshift graves in Belanglo State Forest in the 1990s.
He was transferred back to Long Bay jail hospital last weekend after spending more than a week at Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick.
He spent another two weeks at the hospital in May when he was diagnosed with oesophagus and stomach cancer. Due to the terminal illness, Milat will not return to New South Wale’s highest security prison Goulburn Correctional Centre.
"I am sure that you are aware of how cancer is, it's a grim finding and less than fifty per cent survive it and, I feel that the unpredictability of the effect of the treatment would overtake any commentary by me of it," Milat writes in the letter published by the Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday.
"It is in the hands of my carers (doctors etc) and of course, Our Lord in Heaven."
Milat has always insisted his innocence despite his murder convictions. True Crime author Amanda Howard has been receiving letters from Milat for the past 20 years, and recently spoke to Mamamia saying: "He will die with his last breath saying he didn’t do this".
"It was a lot about ‘this evidence’, ‘that evidence’, ‘they said this in court’ and ‘they said that in court’, and he would put up his own legal fight against those points," the true crime writer said.