A British man who escaped backpacker killer Ivan Milat said that the death of Australia's worst serial killer & nothing is changing & # 39 ;.
Paul Onions hitched from Sydney to Mildura in January 1990 when a & # 39; friendly & # 39; a stranger with a steering mustache offered him a lift in a shop near Mittagong, a small town in the southern highlands of New South Wales.
Onions soon got a bad feeling about Milat, who started making offensive, racist remarks.
Survivor Paul Onions told 60 minutes in 1996 that he first thought Milat was like cricket player Dennis Lillee and was happy to get a ride. Soon he ran in a panic. The death of the serial killer & # 39; doesn't change anything & # 39 ;, Mr. Onions said, and he wants to leave it behind
As the white Toyota Landcruiser approached the Belanglo State Forest, Milat slowed down and stopped, saying he would get some tapes to put on some music, which was strange because the cassettes were between the men.
Suddenly he pulled out a gun and a piece of rope and told the 23-year-old & # 39; this is a robbery & # 39 ;.
The young Englishman who had spent five years in the navy did not know he was facing Ivan Milat, a dangerous serial killer who had killed his first victims a few weeks earlier and would eventually be convicted of killing seven people.
Ivan Milat was convicted of seven murders, five of which were committed after Paul Onions escaped. Milat is thought to have killed more people, but has taken his secrets to the grave
But he realized that he was in terrible danger.
& # 39; When I saw the rope, it only scared me more than the gun, & # 39; he said 60 minutes in 1996.
& # 39; As soon as I saw the rope, I thought it would take some time and he would do what he wanted. & # 39;
Mr. Onions panicked and ran away.
& # 39; I just thought: & # 39; This is it, run or die & # 39; so I loosened my seat belt and jumped straight out of the vehicle and ran, & # 39; he said in 2010.
The Englishman heard the gun go off as he walked away. Milat shot him while he tried to stop passing vehicles.
Ivan Milat pictured in May when he was transferred from prison to being treated for cancer in a public hospital. Milat died on Sunday morning in Long Bay Gaol
Mr. Uien desperately tried to mark passing cars before a motorist finally stopped in front of him, just when he had decided to jump for the next one.
Grandmother Joanne Berry, picked up Mr. Onions and brought him to the nearest police station in Bowral, a small town in NSW, where he gave a report of his ordeal.
The police of the NSW did not immediately follow up Mr Uien's report and it was in a drawer for years because Milat killed five more victims.
Years later, back at home in the UK, Mr. Onions saw reports of bodies found in the Staatsbos of Belanglo on the news, and contacted the Australian federal police who flew him back to Australia where he became the star witness in Milat & # 39; s process.
Mr. Uien's proof was the key to Milat's conviction in 1996.
Paul Onions attends the court as a star witness for the persecution of Milat in 1996
Mugshot from 1971 by Ivan Milat
Although he received a $ 500,000 reward for his testimony, he replied that he did not receive & # 39; blood money & # 39; wanted to receive.
Mr Onions is now 53 and his partner has said he just wants to leave it all behind.
Ivan Milat died of cancer at the age of 74 and is believed to have brought the secrets of at least three unsolved murders to his grave.
After the news of the serial killer's death was announced, Mr. Onion's partner went upstairs to talk to the survivor before returning to say that & # 39; it doesn't change anything & # 39 ;.
& # 39; He said he's fine, & # 39; it does not change anything & # 39 ;, it is absolutely fine, & # 39; said Mr Onion Partner News Corp. Australia.
At the time of his escape, Mr. Onions was terrified and trembled as he stepped into the car from his savior, Joanne Berry of Canberra.
& # 39; I was shaking and almost in tears and I said to the female driver: & # 39; Just drive, he has a gun, & he said after the trial of Milat.
& # 39; As the car drove off, I remember that stupid grin on Milat's face and that look has stuck on me ever since. & # 39;
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