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The Full Scope Of Ivan Milat's Crimes Will Give You Chills

Australia's worst serial killer recently died.

WARNING: Graphic content. 

Australia’s worst serial killer, Ivan Milat, died yesterday at 74 years old while being treated at Long Bay Jail’s hospital.

Ivan Milat. Credit: AAP Image/Supplied

Milat is perhaps best known for committing the backpacker murders that took place between 1989 and 1993 in the Belanglo State Forest. In 1996, Milat was arrested and found guilty of the murders, however, he maintained his innocence over the entire course of his life sentence – even as he passed away last week. 

Ivan Milat’s crimes inspired the 2005 horror film Wolf Creek, and the stories of his devious character are terrifying to say the least. But the full scope of Milat’s crimes play out like real life horror story.

In 1992, two runners discovered a corpse in Belanglo State Forest. The next day, police found a second body 30 metres from the first – they were the bodies of 21 and 22-year-old British backpackers Caroline Clarke and Joanne Walters. Clarke had been stabbed 14 times and Walters had been shot 10 times in the head. According to Casefile, police believe she had been used as “target practice.”

Caroline Clarke. Credit: AAP

One year later, in 1993, a man discovered human bones while searching for firewood in Belanglo. Police returned to the scene and found two bodies, later identified as Victorian couple Deborah Everist and James Gibson. Gibson’s spine had been cut with a knife to cause paralysis, while Everist had been brutally beaten and stabbed in the back. 

Deborah Everist. Credit: AAP

The same year, police were sweeping the forest and found a skeleton, identified as 21-year-old German tourist Simone Schmidl. Nearby, the bodies of German couple Gabor Neugebauer and Anja Habschied were found. In 1994, The Dispatch reported that Habschied had been decapitated but her skull was never found. According to the BBC, there was evidence that some of the victims didn’t die instantly from their injuries. 

Simone Schmidl. Credit: AAP

Imagining the physical and emotional suffering these victims went through is enough to give you full body chills. 

When the hunt for Milat began, the public was warned to avoid hitchhiking and a reward to find the Belanglo serial killer was set at $500,000. Court documents show that all the murders had elements in common: the victims were all young, they were all found covered in branches and leaf litter, and each had been “attacked savagely, with a great deal more force than was necessary to cause death, and apparently for some form of psychological gratification.” 

Ivan Milat. Credit: AAP Image/Supplied

The only victim to survive an encounter with Milat was UK backpacker, Paul Onions who was offered a lift to Mildura from Liverpool station by a man named ‘Bill.’ When ‘Bill’ pulled out a revolver and some ropes claiming it was a robbery, Onions managed to flee his shots, flag a car down and escape safely.

Onions assisted with the investigation and on May 5, 1994 positively identified Milat as the man who picked him up and attempted to murder him. In 1996, Milat was found guilty of the murders and given a life sentence without possibility of parole.

Paul Onions. Credit: AP Photo/Rick Rycroft

During his time in prison, Milat cut off his little finger with a plastic knife in an attempt to force an appeal and had previously self-harmed by swallowing razor blades and staples. According to News.com.au, he also went on a 9-day hunger strike in 2011 after he was refused a PlayStation. 

Earlier this year, Milat was diagnosed with esophageal cancer before dying on 27 October 2019 at Long Bay Jail’s hospital wing. 

Following his death, Boris Milat told 60 Minutes his brother was “nothing but an evil killer” “right to the last bone.” Perhaps we’ll never know the full scope of Ivan Milat’s crimes with many unsolved murders bearing similarities to the serial killer’s previous offences, but at least we can all rest easy knowing he’s no longer able to inflict any kind of pain or suffering.

The Origins Of Your Fave Childhood Game Tazos Will Blow Your Mind

Iconic.

Remember Tazos? The cartoon-covered plastic discs arrived in Australia in 1995 and quickly became our favourite childhood game – but where did they come from?

ICYMI, or you weren’t born yet, Tazos were essentially a marketing tool to get big names like Looney Tunes, The Simpsons, Beyblades, Star Wars and even Smith’s chips in front of kids – and it worked. 

Tazos were found in cereal boxes and chip packets and for avid fans, they became part of prized collections, sealed away in Tazo albums and plastic folders to collect dust in the years to come. 

The game was played by stacking Tazos then throwing a Slammer at the pile. The player would collect all the discs that landed face up and the game would continue. Whoever ended up with the most discs was the winner.

Credit: AAP Image/The Advertising Archives

In a recent interview with Vice, Tazos founder Pedro Padierna explained how the idea came about. Apparently, Padierna and his co-worker Fabian de la Paz caught wind of a Hawaiian beverage company who, in the 1930s, made their bottle caps collectable by covering them in artwork and calling them ‘POGs.’ Like Tazos, POGs eventually became a popular game that dominated the playground for years. 

Fast-forward to the 90s and the guys behind POGs were ready to bring them back and licence the campaign to other brands. Fabian de la Paz found them at a promotions expo in the US and the rest is history. 

What is truly mind-blowing about the whole thing is not only the fact that Tazos came from POGs, but that the term ‘POG’ was originally an acronym for pineapple, orange, and guava. The name Tazo came from an advertising agency and was derived from ‘taconazos,’ which is Spanish for “the heel of a shoe.” Apparently, this was a cheeky nod to another Mexican schoolyard game that involved using shoe heels to remove bottle caps. Yes – this year’s bottle cap challenge is quaking right now.

According to Vice, PepsiCo eventually made Tazos a global phenomenon which is when the popular 90s game landed on Aussie shores. 

For the 90s kids out there who still have their Tazo collection – guard that puppy with your life, it’s an icon that deserves all the respect. 

Bali's Had Enough Of Our Grotty Bogan Behaviour, Can Ya Blame Them?

This is why we can't have nice things.

Australians are known for being friendly, easy-going and having a ‘laid-back’ nature. However, we’re also known for being absolute pests while on holidays – particularly when we travel en masse to Bali.

If you’ve ever been to Bali, you’d be familiar with the stereotype: slurring ocker accent, sunburnt skin and more empty bottles of Bintang than a backyard BBQ.

Bloody oath mate. Credit: Giphy

Sadly, our bogan vacays are getting so rowdy Bali is cracking down on the bad behaviour by sending troublemaking Aussies down under.

According to News.com.au, Bali-bound bogans making local headlines for drug trafficking and drunken escapades have prompted Balinese governor I Wayan Koster to send the “disrespectful tourists” back home.

Eek. Credit: Giphy

“In the near future we will make a regulation to take firm action against tourists that commit ethical violations or offend the norm in Bali. We will send them back home,” Koster said. “This is not only for Australian tourists. This is for all tourists, wherever they come from.”

It’s no surprise that Bali has had enough of our raucous ways. Just last month, Australian tradie Nicholas Carr was arrested after he went on a drunken rampage in Kuta. 

According to 7 News, Carr fly-kicked a man from his motorbike, jumped onto the roof of a moving car and invaded the home of a Seminyak he also allegedly assaulted. Carr said he “can’t really remember” the incident, after drinking at least 20 vodkas. 

Credit: Twitter

The same week Carr was arrested, Sydney man Ryan Scott Williams was sentenced to five years in jail for making his own cocaine while on the holiday island. A month earlier, Australian carpenter Matthew Richards Woods was accused of snatching the bag of a Canadian tourist while in Canggu. 

While we’re skating on thin ice with our dodgy Bali behaviour, about 1.2 million Australians travel to the country every year. We pump the local economy with plenty of dollars, but at what cost? 

Australians in Bali be like. Credit: Giphy

The warnings from Bali’s governor come as a reminder that all Aussies should be friendly, easy-going, laid-back but most importantly respectful when travelling to other countries.

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