We're not bad people, says Milat

Alex Milat of Palmwoods has again been forced to defend his family name after his great-nephew was charged with murder earlier this month.
Alex Milat of Palmwoods has again been forced to defend his family name after his great-nephew was charged with murder earlier this month. Chris Mccormack D

ALEX Milat shares his last name with a convicted serial killer and a teenager charged with a brutal murder.

But don’t tell him it’s in his blood.

Alex is the oldest sibling at 70, about five years senior to “backpacker killer” Ivan Milat.

He is also a distant relative of a teen who allegedly killed 17-year-old David Auchterlonie in the notorious NSW Belango State Forest last week.

It is the same forest that proved a temporary cemetery for seven backpackers before they were unearthed and Ivan Milat was charged and convicted of their murders.

Now once again, Alex is reluctantly shoved into the media as commentators discuss whether evil can be in the blood.

To Alex, who spoke to the Daily from his Palmwoods home, this is “bulls**t”.

People doing bad things were not limited to his family, and when you had a family of 14 kids like the Milat clan – many of whom now had children or grandchildren of their own – not everyone could be perfect.

“It’s garbage isn’t it?” he said.

“It’s not limited to my family and it’s just that this one teenager in my family did something wrong.

“I’ve never met him and if it wasn’t for his family connection, you wouldn’t have heard much about it.”

In a southern newspaper, Alex is quoted describing the alleged killer as being a “lost soul” – something he said was “far from the truth”, considering he had never met him.

He said it was not easy living with such a notorious name, saying that word spread long ago about his connection to his younger brother’s reputation.

“If I go to the shops at Woombye, there’s no one who doesn’t know who I am,” he said.

“People are polite and I’m lucky that most police are reasonable. And the name Milat doesn’t mean much now. It’s a different group growing up.

“But if they ask, I don’t lie. That way I don’t have to think about it.”

He said the charges against the teen, his great-nephew, didn’t worry him, even if he was again faced with a conga line of journalists asking obvious questions.

“It is no different than if some drunk ran over someone. It’s a bigger story if there’s a Milat connection,” he said.

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