Episode 12: Mark “Chopper” Read Part 5: Australian Punisher – Chopper Down Under

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“I have a lucrative speaking career now. Why would I ruin it with being hasty and violent?”

Bang, we come in on chopper leaving prison, we know you’ve heard that before, and this time he promises that he’ll be good, we also know you’ve heard that before, but unlike all those other times, this time, it’s actually (mostly) true! We say mostly because, there might have been a little, well you really should listen to the full episode to learn about that one! But yea, that’s right Chopper is now on the up and up, by the time he leaves prison he has sold an insane amount of books, 300,000 and in Australia he’s kind of a regular celebrity, he gets asked onto television shows, mostly drunk, gets interviewed by journalists, mostly drunk and hangs out with celebrities, mostly to drink. We gotta tell you, once Chopper got that taste of fam he did not want it to go anywhere, but will that lead to his downfall? Will Mark Brandon “Chopper” Read’s story be met with some insane poetic irony and eventually lead to his final judgement for all the wrongs he’s done? Well tune in and listen till the end to hear the thrilling conclusion to one of the most interesting psychos we’ve ever heard about!

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February 11th 1998, Chopper gets out of jail, 1998, he’s sold at least 300k books. Hell, he sold 260k by the end of his appeal because they reference his literary career as his reason for being safe to release into society. 

These are the books he releases in prison:

Chopper 2: Hits And Memories: More Confessions Of Mark Brandon Read 1992 

Chopper 3: Hell Hath No Fury Like a Mate Shot in the Arse 1993 

Chopper 4: For The Term Of His Unnatural Life: More Confessions Of Mark Brandon Read 1994

Chopper 5 Pulp Faction 1995 

Chopper 6 No Tears for a Tough Guy 1996

Crime journalist John Silvester wrote the forward for a re-release of Chopper: From the Inside and said:

“It was a series of books on the life of Chopper Read that many consider to be the greatest crime against literature in the history of the written word,”

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