Serial killer Ivan Milat writes letter from prison after cancer diagnosis

Serial killer Ivan Milat has written a letter from Long Bay jail hospital, claiming he is innocent and discussing his cancer diagnosis.

In a three-page handwritten letter dated July 11 and sent to The Sun-Herald, the 74-year-old says his life since being arrested and convicted "has been devoted wholly to prove my innocence... (and) the court judiciary who conspired to obscure the miscarriages of justice".

Milat was found guilty in 1996 of murdering seven backpackers whose bodies were found in makeshift graves in Belanglo State Forest in the 1990s.

Serial killer Ivan Milat has written a three-page letter from prison, proclaiming his innocence and discussing his recent cancer diagnosis. Source: AAP

He was transferred back to Long Bay jail hospital last weekend after spending more than a week at Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick.

The 74-year-old spent another two weeks at the hospital in May when he was diagnosed with oesophagus and stomach cancer.

"I am sure that you are aware of how cancer is, it's a grim finding and less than fifty per cent survive it and, I feel that the unpredictability of the effect of the treatment would overtake any commentary by me of it," Milat writes in the letter published by The Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday.

"It is in the hands of my carers (doctors etc) and of course, Our Lord in Heaven."

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