Notorious serial killer Ivan Milat insisted the NSW government should pay for his funeral in a letter penned just days before his death on the weekend.
Milat wrote a one-page letter on Thursday to his brother Bill and sister-in-law Carol with instructions for it to be sealed until his death.
The backpacker murderer died in Long Bay jail’s hospital on Sunday morning after being diagnosed with oesophageal and stomach cancer in May.
In the letter, Milat asks for his belongings and legal documents to be handed over to his family, Network Ten reported on Monday.
“Please don’t pay for my funeral services or contribute in any way,” the 74-year-old wrote.
“Corrective Services NSW to fund it all – a pauper’s burial or whatever is suitable.”
Milat was sentenced in 1996 to seven consecutive life sentences for murdering seven backpackers whose bodies were found in makeshift graves in the Belanglo State Forest in the 1990s.
Bill Milat told Ten on Monday: “It’s the taxpayer that put him in there (prison) so the taxpayer has to pay. Corrective Services had him all this time so Corrective Services can foot the bill.”
Ivan Milat signed off the letter with his name and a small illustration of a figure with a halo above the word “innocent”.
Corrective Services on Monday said its commissioner hadn’t received any recent correspondence from Milat.
“Corrective Services NSW will under no circumstances be paying for this funeral,” a spokeswoman said.
Another of Milat‘s brothers says the convicted murderer was evil “right to the last bone”.
Boris Milat is the only one of the Milat family to speak out against Ivan.
“I am definitely embarrassed to be a Milat,” Boris Milat told the Nine Network.
“To me, he died a long time ago … he’s nothing but an evil killer.”
But most of Ivan’s family don’t believe he’s a serial killer.
“They’re denying that he killed anybody. They are saying that the police made it all up,” Boris Milat said
“I’m putting it out there on the family now, these mongrels hate my guts because I’m the one guy that speaks out … I just want the truth out there.”
Milat is suspected of many more murders than those of which he was convicted – murders he denied committing, despite the efforts of detectives to get him to confess.
These included the killings of at least three people whose bodies were found in three other forests between 1971 to 1991.
Former detective Clive Small, who led the NSW Police investigation into the backpacker killings, believes Ivan Milat thwarted police to keep his “power”.
“Ivan, having information that he knew others didn’t have, he saw himself as being the boss or in control of the situation,” he told 2GB radio.
“I think he believed that once he gave that information up he no longer had the power.”