Sins of the Brother: The Definitive Story of Ivan Milat and the Backpacker Murders
Whittaker, Mark/ Kennedy, Les
Dispatch: 1 day
Pan Macmillan Australia
"He's there in the very same court twenty-two years later... He's so damn confident that he will walk on these seven murder charges that the family has a plan for a victory dinner... Never mind the ballistic evidence, or the evidence of the English guy that got away, or the gear found in Ivan's house...or that his defence is based on blaming two of his brothers... They are Milats - staunch no matter what. It's been them against the world for a long time."
Like the Beaumont children and the Azaria Chamberlain cases before it, the backpacker murder case in Belanglo State Forest has entered Australian criminal folklore. Seven young people, most of them foreigners backpacking around Australia, brutally murdered, their remains uncovered in 1992 and 1993. It would take scores of police over three years, countless hours of forensic investigation, thousands of false leads and a few precious clues to charge and convict Ivan Milat for their horrific deaths.
Sins of the Brother is the definitive work on Ivan Milat, his family and the murders. Almost four years in the making, informed by exclusive interviews with members of the Milat family, key police investigators and Crown lawyers, this book reveals a family culture so bizarre it would lead inexorably to murder. It also scrutinises the police investigation - its remarkable success and failures, the dramatic turning point and the backbiting and bitterness that followed Milat's arrest.
Though-provoking, totally unsalacious, an exploration of the darker side of Australian life as a whole, Sins of the Brother is a detailed and gripping read - a psychological thriller come to life.
"More than just the suspenseful story of some notoriously evil murders, this shocking and strangely seductive book is a painstaking examination of the savagery of today's society. This is Australia on the slab." - Robert Drewe.