The Contents Of Ivan Milat's Final Letter Have Been Revealed
EXCLUSIVE: Two days before he died backpacker serial killer Ivan Milat gave his family a sealed note. Now his brother has shown 10 News First exactly what was in the letter.
The letter was opened by his brother Bill after his death as per Milat's instructions.
Milat died in his jail cell early on Sunday morning after serving more than two decades behind bars for the brutal murder and torture of seven young backpackers in the early 1990s.
READ MILAT'S FINAL LETTER IN FULL BELOW
He had been diagnosed with terminal cancer in May and despite detectives visiting the killer eight separate times before his death, they failed to extract a confession.
Milat has always maintained his innocence.
In the letter, he states that Bill has been nominated as his next of kin and will be left everything.
"Due to my health issues, I wish to leave you all I have. All funds, moneys held in my prison account and to possessions of all other items of property, legal and trial and appeal reviews documents held on my behalf by Corrective Services NSW" Milat wrote.
He also asked that his brother not pay or contribute in any way to his funeral services.
"Corrective Services NSW to fund it all. A paupers burial or whatever is suitable" he wrote.
Bill told 10 News First he would carry out his brother's final wishes and that corrective services "can foot the bill".
"It was the taxpayer that put him in there and it's the taxpayer who has to pay," Bill said on Monday.
A Corrective Services NSW spokeswoman said it will "under no circumstances be paying for this funeral."
Bill has said there will be no family funeral for Milat due to the intense public interest and emotions surrounding this case.
"Have a funeral and every kook in the country will be there -- if he was buried they'd desecrate the grave and make a mess of the place."
He indicated his brother will be cremated and his ashes scattered.
Bill believes in his brother's innocence "100 percent".
He also had a message for the families of the victims.
"Awfully sorry that these people have lost their loved ones, you've got to feel for them, they're kids and kids should be entitled to roam the country wherever without being hindered or picked up of molested. I just hope this doesn't happen again."
THE LETTER IN FULL
Hello and may all be well with both of you and your family. Things are fairly crook with me but while I in mind and senses I would like you to know that years ago you were nominated as my next of kin contact person by CS NSW, that’s Corrective Services New South Wales.
Due to my health issues, I wish to leave you all I have. All funds, moneys held in my prison account and to possessions of all other items of property, legal and trial and appeal reviews documents held on my behalf by Corrective Services NSW. Above all I request be given to William [Address] I thank you for this.
I realise and am aware that this letter my wishes may not be legal will and testament CS NSW Government Services and probate procedures may come into play I believe. But hope this letter may clearly show my intentions and wishes that you Bill receive my funds and legal documents.
Keep this letter to show it to your solicitor that you may sole beneficiary. Please don’t pay for my funeral services or contribute in any way. CS NSW to fund it all. A paupers burial or whatever is suitable. I have assured the commissioner of CS of NSW of my wishes.
I am innocent of the crimes convicted of.