Mark Brandon Read, better known as Chopper Read or just Chopper, was a one man reign of terror that tormented Australia’s criminal underworld with extreme violence.
His early years saw him leading the Surrey Road gang, a group known for extreme violence. Chopper’s reputation grew when he started robbing drug dealers.
He later escalated to kidnapping and torturing members of the criminal underworld, those he considered ”human filth”.
Although Mark claimed to have never harmed an innocent person, he became famous for his ruthlessness against those who broke the law.
He kidnapped criminals in vans and brutally assaulted them to steal their money, then he let them go. He didn’t bother to conceal his identity because he wanted everyone to know Chopper feared no one.
In his first book, he states: “To the human filth I have bashed, belted, iron barred, axed, shot, stabbed, knee-capped, set on fire and driven to their graves… I regret nothing.”
Mark Brandon ”Chopper” Read spent nearly half his adult life in prison where he beat and and tortured other inmates with no regard for them, nor the consequences. Though, he was never convicted of murder and never admitted to such a crime throughout his life.
His body has a library of scars from the years of gratuitous violence, including those from knives, ice picks and screwdrivers. Chopper didn’t seem to care much about the attacks, though and it certainly didn’t slow him down.
He even got a fellow inmate to cut his ears off so he could get out of a certain division in the prison. Chopper’s reign was legendary and his crimes served as a reminded for anyone foolish enough to mess with him.
During his time in prison, he wrote many books which illustrate his life story as well as much more detail on many of his crimes. There was also a movie made about him where he was played by Eric Bana, who portrayed Chopper excellently. The movie brought him international fame.
Mark Chopper Read died on October 9, 2013 from liver cancer. Before his death, he agreed to an interview with 60 Minutes Australia where, for the first time, he admitted killing four men as well as some of the gruesome violence that led him to be one of the most notorious gangsters in Australian history. Here’ is his final interview:
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