July 27, 1996 in Nation/World

Man Convicted Of Killing Seven Backpackers

Compiled From Wire Services

A jury convicted an Australian man Saturday of murdering seven backpackers in the worst serial killing in the country’s history.

Ivan Milat had pleaded innocent to killing the young travelers, whose bodies were found in the New Wales southern highlands, about 65 miles southwest of Sydney, between September 1992 and November 1993.

British hitchhiker Paul Onions identified Milat, a 51-year-old road worker, as the person who picked him up on a highway near the forest, showed him a pistol and piece of rope and threatened to kill him.

Police found weapons of the type used in the slayings, as well as items belonging to the victims, at Milat’s home and the homes of family members.

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