Ivan Milat continues to state that he is innocent and has been framed in the matter of the Backpacker Murders. He says that he cut off his finger due to refusal of access to necessary law books and a computer to type up his application for a review, not to get attention or to make an escape attempt.
Ivan Milat says: "The High Court informed me they received my application on 18th December 2009 and accepted it. It has been filed and I am applicant No. 356 of 2009. I've sent off the necessary documents to the Respondent in my matter - the Supreme Court."
Recently a case meeting was held where Ivan Milat was told that it is recommended he continue to be confined in the HRMU. When he asked why, and what he was doing wrong within the HRMU, he was told he was doing nothing wrong, is co-operative and not a problem. It seems there would be public outrage if he were moved, even though he is a model prisoner who is always polite.
Hopefully an article entitled "Brian Raven: The Evidence" will once again be available for those who would like to read the story from the viewpoint of possible framing of an innocent person and corruption.
Ivan Milat has been unwell and has been transported to both Goulburn and Sydney hospitals for scans. The result of these scans is as yet unknown. He is determined to prove his innocence before he dies.
Police do not seem to be actively looking for the person whose DNA was found under the fingernails of the victims. It has been established that the DNA, which is most likely that of the killer, does not match Ivan Milat or any member of his family. It does not match any of the other victims of the murders.
Interestingly, the other likely suspect, who we will call "WMK" and who lives in the Illawarra, looks uncannily like Ivan Milat. This person was investigated at length after his two children, interviewed separately by police, stated that WMK took them during access visits on car trips during which he would pick up hitch hikers. The children identified several different accents of the victims including English and Welsh. The children witnessed the killings of these hitch hikers in a forest which they described as being 'sandy'. They were able to describe clothing and backpacks, one of which had the word Abracadabra written all over it. They said that during the murders there were several other people present and participating, both women and men.
One of the young women murdered by WMK was taken to a cafe where they all had a meal. During the meal she drew a picture of a horse for one of the children on a serviette. It would be interesting to know if any of the murdered backpackers liked to draw horses.
The children described the method of killing in the backpacker murders as frenzied stabbing attacks and shootings. They did so to their counsellors at Centacare before these details were released in the media.
I have the full details of the statements of these children and will publish them at a later date.
When police suddenly stopped investigating this suspect, journalist Brett Martin, a past Walkley Award recipient, interviewed the children and tape recorded their testimony.
It is believed that WMK was living in Warilla with his first wife in 1979 when two girls, who were hitchhiking, went missing. I have a large number of documents that I will be reading through in coming weeks to verify this. They consist of the statements of WMK's first wife to various courts. The extreme violence inflicted on WMK's first wife and sons is indicative of someone who is very dangerous.
WMK was later convicted of paedophile offences relating to his second two children. During the trial, one of the children spoke up in court about the murders. This did not relate to the charges he was facing, but made the front pages of the Illawarra Mercury in May 1994.