The daughter of a woman police suspect was murdered by a serial killer says the suspect is cousin.
The woman said watching his bombshell interview on 7 News made her stomach churn.
Being labelled a suspected serial killer would worry some people, but not Steven Hainsworth.
“I’m not worried. Why would I be worried?” he asked a 7 News reporter during an interview.
He’s a suspect in three unsolved murder cases, where no arrests have been made.
For Robyn Schafer, the daughter of victim Beverley Hanley, these interviews are difficult to watch, because Mr Hainsworth is family.
“I found out in January 2011 that he was the main suspect, so all along I’ve known he’s been the main suspect,” she said.
“I felt sick. My stomach didn’t stop churning.”
Police believe the same person killed Mr Hainsworth’s aunty Bev, his next door neighbour Phyllis Harrison, and pensioner Steve Newton, but on Thursday the father-of-three maintained it wasn’t him.
“I’m shattered and gutted. And that I’m accused of it – I’m hurt. Why wouldn’t I be?” he asked.
Mr Hainsworth wants to clear his name and get on with life in Mildura, where he moved with his now ex-partner.
He’s now looking for love on local dating websites, with someone who shares his interests for adventure, family and honesty.
In Mildura, Mr Hainsworth’s friends and neighbours say they’re shocked their mate is a suspect in the three cold case murders. They say he’s a great bloke who’d never hurt anyone.
“He presents as a really nice fella, haven’t had a drama with him at all,” a mate told 7 News.
The suspect says he has nothing to hide from police: “I don’t care if they’re watching me.”