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Naked City podcast: Mark ‘Chopper’ Read’s legacy of violence

The Naked City podcast will take a journey into the dark depths of the Australian criminal underworld. In this series you will hear recordings of some of Australia’s most dangerous criminals, all of whom have been remarkably frank in their recollections.

First a confession. This writer and the subject of this podcast successfully conspired to commit one of the crimes of the century. It is a series of little books on the life of one Mark Brandon Read, rightly considered to be the greatest crime committed against literature in the history of the written word.

Contrary to popular opinion, Mark Brandon “Chopper” Read was no underworld mastermind and his criminal history was littered with blunders. His police record shows that when he broke the law he was usually caught and convicted. Between the ages of 20 and 38 he spent just 13 months outside prison – hardly the CV of a top crook.

But he was a master storyteller and in this episode, in a series of never-before-heard tapes, we hear from the real Chopper. Mark used his violent past and his way with words to fashion an image that was loved by many and detested by his enemies. As a crook he hunted them and as an author he did something worse. He laughed at them.

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