Mark Brandon “Chopper” Read, An Australian Criminal became an Author

You never know how much effort they can do once they turn their lives around!!


Mark Brandon “Chopper” Read (17 November 1954 – 9 October 2013), was an Australian criminal and author. Read wrote a series of semi-autobiographical and fictional crime novels. The 2000 film Chopper is based on his life.

Read was placed in a children’s home for the first five years of this life and grew up in Melbourne. He had a troubled childhood and began his criminal career by “robbing” drug dealers when he was a teenager. And he developed his reputation by ripping off drug dealers in Melbourne.


He spent only 13 months outside prison between ages of 20 and 38. He had been convicted of armed robbery, firearm offences, assault, arson, impersonating a police officer and kidnapping. In the late 1970s, Read launched a war, and his fellow inmate cut his ears off in order to get out of Pentridge Prison’s H division.

While in Pentridge Prison’s H division, Read wrote criminal novels based on his own experiences, and he claimed to be involved in the killing of 19 people and the attempted murder of 11 others. Those books later became best sellers, he has sold more than 500, 000 copies of his ‘Chopper’ books. And also he wrote a ‘kid’ book called Hooky the Cripple.


In 2000, Andrew Dominik used stories from Read’s book and directed the Australian crime film Chopper, and the film star Eric Bana played Read.

You never know how much effort ex-offenders can do once they decide to turn their lives around. Please give them a second chance if you can! 011108,0631633-b53c2896-2a3b-11e3-a9c3-6361e8d92576

-by Xinru Liu


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