The end of the Melburnian gangster, known for his bleak sense of humor, the lack of ears, and extreme violence is about to be thrown under the spotlight.
Channel Nine mini-series, Underbelly Files: the Chopper , it will be broadcasted this week-end is without a doubt prevent a Reading of the critique.
His reputation as a hard man, began when he started ripping off drug dealers in Melbourne. He then went on to make a life of kidnapping and torturing members of the criminal underworld.
The street gang member had become a household name, but his death, aged 58, in 2013, almost a year after being diagnosed with liver cancer. His fame was due not only to its fearsome reputation as a criminal, but also because he said his words as an author.
Read died in 2013 after being diagnosed with liver cancer. Source: Steve Pohlner/ News Limited.
His staff anecdotes, which include chopping a man in the leg with a shovel, and the flame of a victim’s feet with a blowtorch, inspired Andrew Dominik’s fantastic film Chopper, starring Eric Bana as the main man in the year 2000.
In his books, Read claims he was involved in the killing of 19 people and the attempted murder of 11 others.
But these stories were collected from written Laws.
“It was a series of books on the life of Chopper Read, who many consider the greatest crime against literature in the history of the written word,” wrote crime journalist John Silvester in a recent published foreword Read the 1991 book, Chopper: From the Inside.
“There is no doubt that some of Read’s stories are embellished, polished or, in some cases, the theft, but there is no doubt that through the 1970s and the 1980s, it was one of the most dangerous men in Australia.
“Dangerous gangsters feared to Read because it was a local version of an underground world of terrorism. For many years, has seen himself as a street soldier who didn’t care if he lived or died.”
However, Mr. Sylvester said that the idea that Reading was a sort of “underworld of the mind,” is a popular misconception.
Read spent only 13 months outside prison between the ages of 20 and 38.
Chopper in his prime. Photo: Supplied.
Read became a best-selling author. Source: News Limited
He served time after being convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping, arson, impersonating a police officer, assault and attempted murder. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison for attempting to kidnap a County Court judge at gunpoint.
“His criminal history is full of errors,” wrote Mr. Sylvester. “His police record shows that when he broke the law he was usually caught and convicted.”
Read the fearsome reputation was no doubt helped by other strange happenings in his life, like the infamous moment, he had a fellow prisoner cut the ears off at the end of 1970 as part of an attempt to break out of Pentridge Prison division H.
Read famously wrote that the ears moved on the floor like “Mexican jumping beans”.
Mr. Sylvester personally antagonised Read with a Herald Sun piece in 1990 on the Chopper absolution of the 1987 killing of Sammy ‘Turkish’ Ozerkam outside St Kilda’s Bojangles nightclub, in which the journalist called “all kinds of bad names”.
The journalist said that he had been sent a Christmas card shortly after. He thought that this was amazing, because it was nowhere near the christmas holidays and was even more surprised to see that he had been sent by Chopper.
Aaron Jeffrey will star as Read
Underbelly Files: Chopper. Source: Channel Nine.
“The yuletide log fall from the fireplace and burn down your house. Greetings and Jingle Bells. Chopper Read, read.
However, not long after the bizarre incident, the two met for an interview during the Reading is serving time inside Pentridge’s notorious Division of H. And it was then that Mr. Sylvester has come to understand that what has been done by the notorious criminal of the mint.
“Unlike most of the crooks, not excuses, claim he had been railroaded and not blame his childhood,” Mr. Sylvester has written.
However, in his books, the Reading is considered a vigilante, which i hate bullies and hard men stems from the school — where it says that has been repeatedly targeted.
He wrote in the Chopper: From the Inside, is all that he claims to have killed deserved it.
“I have personally been involved in 19 deaths inside and outside of the prison since 1971,” he wrote. “Okay, there is no world record, but not bad for the little kid in the schoolyard who always got beaten up.
Read says he was picked on at school. Photo: Supplied / File Photo.
“All those who died had it coming. There was a ‘civil’ in the group, and I do not regret.
“It’s not that many when you think of all the criminal violence, there is the state of Victoria, in the course of the years.
“Strange as it may seem, I have never considered myself a murderer, because all of them had come.
“Most of them came under the heading of tactics. All of them were murderers and violent crimes, then no big problem.”