Mark 'Chopper' Read. Photo by Getty
Crime figure turned author Mark "Chopper" Read will be
sent off at a funeral in Melbourne next week.
Read, who died aged 58 on Wednesday after a battle with liver
cancer, will be farewelled at a funeral in the inner
Melbourne suburb of Clifton Hill next Thursday.
Read spent more than 23 years in jail for crimes including
armed robbery, assault and kidnapping, including trying to
abduct a Victorian County Court judge at gunpoint.
He once claimed he was involved in killing 19 people and the
attempted murder of 11 others.
He was famously portrayed by Eric Bana in the 2000 film
Read was also Australia's best selling true crime author,
with copies of his first book Chopper: From the Inside
selling more than 300,000 copies.