No­to­ri­ous Aus­tralian se­rial killer dies in jail

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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.

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