The true inspiration for the Australian horror movie, Wolf Creek, was the notorious outback serial killer Ivan Milat. The character in the movie, Mick, is played by John Jarrett and portrays murdering his victims in the same way Milat did in New South Wales.
The scenic forest area has many hiking spots for tourists and backpackers. This provided Milat his prey where he would stalk his victims before beating and stabbing them to death.
Some of his victims even suffered paralysis due to his seemingly purpose attack on the spine.
Milat’s killing spree spread from 1989-1993, during which time he killed at least seven people. When the bodies were buried in shallow graves or only partially buried.
As reports of missing backpackers came in, bodies started to turning up, but authorities didn’t know who was responsible.
Some bodies has up to 14 stab wounds in, ranging from the chest and stomach to the face and forehead. Some were stabbed in the back around the spine.
A sign was placed at the entrance to the Belanglo State Forest, warning visitors to ”Please Be Careful” as they knew a ruthless killer was on the loose.
After a call from a UK backpacker who managed to flee from an attacker who pulled out a revolver on him. Police put the pieces of the puzzle together which ultimately led them to Milat.
On May 22, 1994, Milat was arrested at his home. Surrounded by 50 police, he was taken into custody. A search of his home revealed property from the victims and weapons which were identical to those used in the murders. Milat was sentenced to seven life sentences without the possibility of parole.
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