The Australian Backpack Killer Who Inspired Wolf Creek
The blockbuster movie, Wolf Creek, which The Guardian called the “Scariest movie of the year” was inspired by the Australian Backpack killer in the Australian Outback, where the movie takes place. Bradley John Murdoch was a part of the inspiration but the main person who inspired Wolf Creek was Ivan Milat, also known as The Backpacker Killer.
Milat was a brutal serial killer who prayed upon backpackers in New South Wales, Australia, and left their bodies in Belanglo State Forest, 15km south west of Berrima. His reign of terror started in the early 90’s, during which time he murdered seven people in brutal fashion. The Australian backpack killer’s crimes were very similar to that of the Wolf Creek killer, played by John Jarratt. He not only killed his victims but he continued to abuse their corpses after they were dead.
He was known to stab his victims multiple times, sometimes even after shooting them. After police examined the corpses, clothing and other clues, they discovered Milat stabbed one victim 14 times and shot one of his victims 10 times in the head. Investigators stated it was as if he was using backpackers as target practice.
The inspiration for the Wolf Creek killer is almost parallel to the Australian Backpacker Killer. In the movie, Mick Taylor (Jarratt) uses a rifle, similar to that of Milat’s, and also stabs his victims in the spine, causing paralysis, which was what investigators said Milat did. Milat was charged with seven murders but police believe he has killed more, unfortunately there is no evidence to support that theory and Milat has never confessed to any of the murders. His motives remain a mystery, as does the answer to whether or not he was working alone. For more information on Ivan Milat, visit Wiki.
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