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The Backpack killer Ivan Milat is born in Australia

A photograph showing a red backpack in the forest


In countries like America and continents like Australia, there are vast areas where few people, let alone police, ever go. They are the perfect hunting grounds for serial killers.

In such space, no one can hear you scream. It’s into this arena that Yugoslavian immigrant Ivan Milat is born. He was 27 when he came to the attention of the authorities for the alleged knife-point rape of two female hitchhikers but he was acquitted.

These were probably precursors to his later fatal attacks...