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He was portrayed by Eric Bana in the 2000 film Chopper, and his autobiographical books have made him Australia's best-selling true crime author.
In April 2012 he revealed that he had cancer and at the time said doctors had told him he may have weeks or up to six years left to live.
When he was still young, Read was already an accomplished street fighter and the leader of the Surrey Road gang. He began his criminal career by robbing drug dealers, based in massage parlours in the Prahran area. He later graduated to kidnapping and torturing members of the criminal underworld, often using a blowtorch or bolt cutters to remove the toes of his victims as an incentive for them to produce enough money so that Read would leave them alive
Ya beat me to it mate.
Yeah, end of an era. A long, possibly violent but not to let the truth get in the way of a good yarn, era.
Ol' chop chop was my first 'friend' on MySpace many years ago. lol.. along with an asian hooker.. Oh I kept quaint company. What ever happened to myspace Oo
RIP you old earless bugger. I doubt god would let him in, but he'd be a good doorman.
A notable figure in Australia's history whom should be remembered, but I do not understand why so many Australians idolised this man or why the media feel the need to glamorise his life. I do not enjoy down talking people that have just passed, so I won't say more.