EXCLUSIVE: Sealed Note Left By Ivan Milat For His Family

Backpacker killer Ivan Milat handed a final, sealed note to his family two days before he died.

The one-page letter — given to his brother Bill during a one hour visit at Long Bay Jail on Friday — was to be opened only after his death.

Milat told his relatives the letter was not a confession, simply his final wishes.

Police are understood to be aware of the note, and also believe it does not show a change of heart by the backpacker killer, who has always maintained he was set up.

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Ivan Milat smiles in a police car after attending a court in Sydney. Image: AAP

Milat was found dead in the jail’s hospital wing at 4.07am on Sunday morning, following a battle with cancer. He was 74.

His final visitor was his nephew Alistair Shipsey, who spent an hour with him, following Bill’s visit on Friday.

“He wasn’t in a good way at all, I think because of the morphine they were giving him, but he never shut up about the case, he talked the whole time”, he told 10 News First.

“I’m glad it’s over. I’m glad he’s free and he doesn’t have to look at those four walls anymore. He’s innocent.”

Ivan Milat in a wheelchair being transferred to Long Bay Jail hospital in May. Photo: 10 News

Shipsey revealed the Milat family had chosen not to arrange a funeral, amid concern it might be hijacked.

“We’re going to have him cremated so there’s no outside interference, and take his ashes somewhere,” he said.

Detectives visited Milat eight times in custody following his cancer diagnosis in an attempt to extract a confession from him.

The most recent visit was during Milat’s stay in hospital last week.

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Despite conversations lasting several hours, and a variety of officers and strategies, Milat maintained his innocence.

As with all deaths in custody, even those attributed to natural causes, a coronial inquest into Milat’s death will be held in coming months.

Milat was one of Australia's most notorious serial killers, convicted of the heinous murders of seven backers over a four-year period in the early 1990s.

Despite being handed seven life sentences when he was convicted in 1996, Milat never stopped maintaining he was innocent, but several appeals for his freedom were repeatedly turned down by courts.

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