On November the 1st 1993 another skull was found in the forest. The victim was a young German Traveller and she was last seen hitchhiking in January of 1991. There was also clothing found at this scene that did not belong to her. These items belonged to another German couple who had been missing since Christmas 1991. Their bodies were discovered in the area on November the 3rd 1993 in shallow graves 55 metres apart. They had been shot and stabbed. It appears that Ivan Milat had spent some time with the victims before, and after the killings, as campsites were discovered close to the location of each body. Shell casings from the same gun were also found at each site.
As mentioned earlier, all victims were shot and stabbed, but one victim was decapitated and others showed signs of being strangled and severely beaten. On the 13th of November 1993 police received a call from Britain. The call was from Paul Onions, who had been backpacking in Australia in January 1990. He was offered a ride by a man who called himself “Bill”. As they headed south from Sydney, Bill pulled a gun on Paul Onions. Paul managed to escape and flagged down Joanne Berry who took him to local police, where he reported the assault. They never found his attacker and Paul returned to Britain.
After the story about the backpacker murders broke in Britain, Paul felt that his attacker could be the killer [hence why he phoned the Australian police] Joanne Berry backed up Paul’s story and a girlfriend of a man, who worked with Ivan Milat, felt that he should be investigated over the murders. So the police put Milat at the top of their suspect list.
They did some background checks and found that Milat had been charged with abduction and rape in 1971 [Although charges were later dropped] They also found out that Ivan and his brother worked on road gangs on the highways were the victims had gone missing. Ivan also owned a property in the Belanglo area. Paul Onions was flown to Australia on the 5th of May 1994 and identified Ivan Milat as the man who tried to tie him up and shoot him. On the 22nd of May 50 police officers surrounded Milat’s home and arrested him.
They found cameras, clothing and camping equipment belonging to the victims, plus parts of a 22 calibre rifle, which matched the type used in the murders. Milat was in court the next day on weapons and robbery charges. He did not enter a plea. He was charged with the murders on the 30th of May 1994. It was not until March 1996 that his trial began. The jury found him guilty on the 27th of July 1996. He was charged with Paul Onions assault and also the 7 murders. He received 7 life sentences plus 18 years.
On his first day in prison he was beaten by another inmate. He has made a few appeals [All denied] and is currently serving time at the maximum security super prison in Goulbourn, New South Wales. In January 2009 Milat cut off his little finger with a plastic knife. He wanted to mail it to the High Court. [Don’t ask me why???] He was taken to hospital, but they could not re-attach it. He has also swallowed razor blades, staples and other metal objects since he has been in prison. It has not been proven and no-one really knows but some say he may have killed up to 30 people….. Read More On Ivan Milat