'Bloody beauty': Families of Ivan Milat's victims relieved
The families of Ivan Milat's victims feel his death will allow them to move on with their lives. The notorious Australian serial killer died at Long Bay Hospital early this morning after a battle with oesophagus and stomach cancer. He was 74.After Nine senior crime reporter Simon Bouda received the news this morning, he spoke with Ian Clarke, the father of British backpacker Caroline Clarke, 21, who was murdered by Milat in 1992 with her friend Joanne Walters, 22."He didn't know and he said, 'Simon no matter how Christian one might be you can't help but be glad that this has happened'," Bouda said.
Ivan Milat , Australia ' s most notorious serial killer, who brutally murdered seven young backpackers, has Milat was serving seven life sentences for the grisly murder of three German, two British He was sentenced to death six times. The night before his execution at aged 28, he admitted to killing 25
The road worker savagely killed seven backpackers in the Belanglo state forest in the early 1990 s . His death leaves several other disappearances unsolved.
Lead investigator in the Ivan Milat case Clive Small says he “fully expected him to die maintaining his position… seeing himself as the boss, and the person in control”.
Milat died in Long Bay prison hospital on Sunday morning, having never admitted to his crimes.
Mr Small told Sky News “it is very likely that the killing started quite early, perhaps even the early 1970s, but in practical terms, I just don’t see how you could solve them now”.
Mr Small said "we will never know the full number of people he has killed" but his death would now "benefit Australia".
Milat 'took the coward's way out' in staying silent before death .
‘The Missing’ Podcast host Meni Caroutas says infamous serial killer Ivan Milat “took the coward’s way out” in refusing to confess to his crimes leading up to his Sunday death. “I hope Australians remember Ivan Milat as the coward that he was,” Mr Caroutas said. “He went to the grave with his deadly secrets”. He said Milat may have convinced himself that he was innocent, citing reports the deceased murderer repeatedly said so in his cell. “He actually convinced himself that he was innocent of the crimes, despite the overwhelming evidence,” Mr Caroutas said.