The autobiography of Mark Brandon Read ‘Chopper’ gives us a unique and seldom told insight into the criminal underworld of Australia, particularly Melbourne. The story begins by an infatuation with guns, explosives and military history crossed-wired with a young child who spent a lot of time drugged up in a psychiatric rehabilitation prison. Mix two vital ingredients together and you’re left with a dangerous man.
Probably the most sought-after criminal in Australia, Chopper acquired his enemies through his friends’ enemies and from robbing the bank robbers and other similar criminals. He’s killed plentiful, but protests “I’m no murderer…I’m a garbage disposal expert” and from a certain perspective, his tales hold a strong point of view. The only men he has claimed to kill are murderers themselves, drug dealers and rapists. Any other men he has killed may well have been innocent, but Chopper was acting purely in self-defence.
Spending most of his life behind bars, Chopper inevitably made friends with other inmates and also confronted his worst enemies. Cleverly thought out antics and plots to burn down prisons are just a range of things Chopper and friends would execute in an attempt to relieve boredom and pass time. Nevertheless he claims: - “It is a madhouse in prison – and twice as bad outside,”
Packed with hilarious non-chronological stories about imbecilic big shot gangsters; Close attempts to wipe out Chopper; And a world where criminals fear Chopper over the law; this book will keep you thoroughly entertained from start to finish.
In his own words; “You can fool some of the people all of the time, And you can even fool all of the people some of the time, but in the real world of blood and guts you don’t fool Chopper Read any of the time.”