Notorious Australian serial killer dies in jail
Ivan Milat, whose serial murders of a total of seven European and Australian backpackers horrified Australia in the early 1990s, died in a Sydney prison yesterday, ending hopes of a deathbed confession to more unsolved killings. He was 74. The road worker and self-styled cowboy who called himself “Tex” had been in custody since 1994. He was diagnosed in May with terminal oesophageal and stomach cancer. Milat died in Long Bay Prison where authorities sent him from a hospital last week to ensure he ended his days behind bars, officials said. The serial killings came to light when the mutilated bodies were found in a forest near Sydney over 14 months in 1992 and 1993.