Married at First Sight Australia 2022 has been filled to the brim with surprises, but Samantha Moitzi being related to notorious Australian serial killer Ivan Milat wasn’t a twist anyone could have seen coming.

As reported by Daily Mail, it turns out that the MAFS bride is the great-niece of Milat, who is responsible for murdering at least seven backpackers between 1989 and 1992.

A source confirmed the shocking revelation to So Dramatic!, revealing that Samantha’s husband Al Perkins was aware of the family link but opted to keep the information to himself.

“It’s all true. Ivan is her great-uncle,” the source verified. “Al knew about it during filming but he didn’t wanna blow it up because Sam didn’t want it to come out or for anyone to find out about it.”

“So Al respected that and never told anyone, not even the boys, about it. Sam didn’t speak of it again after she told Al and he didn’t want it to blow up for her either,” they added.

Samantha is related to the infamous “backpacker killer” through her grandmother Shirley Soire.

Shirley was Milat’s sister, and allegedly even helped him “get rid of” a gun prior to his arrest and even continued to support her brother during his imprisonment.

She reportedly even used to take her grandchildren to visit Milat in prison at Long Bay Gaol.

MAFS 2022 Al and Sam
Al found out that Sam was related to Milat after he suggested the pair watch Wolf Creek. Source: Nine.

Al allegedly found out about the family connection after he suggested the pair watch Wolf Creek together, which is a film loosely based on the grizzly murders Milat committed in the 1990s.

Samantha informed Al of her family history privately and the link was never addressed on the show.

Who Is Ivan Milat?

Milat is one of Australia’s most well-known serial killers.

The killer is responsible for the murders of seven backpackers in the Belanglo State Fores between 1989 and 1992, with Milat suspected of having killed more.

MAFS 2022 Samantha Moitzi
Samantha’s MAFS partner Al was aware of her link to Milat, but did not make it known. Source: Nine.

In 1996, Milat was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences without parole. He was imprisoned in Long Bay Gaol, where he died in 2019.

His known victims were British travellers Caroline Clarke and Joanne Walters; German backpackers Simone Schmidl, Gabor Neugebauer, and Anja Habschied; and 19-year-old Melburnians James Gibson and Deborah Everist.

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