Author of a tragedy.
On April 29 1996, 28 year-old Martin Bryant, tall, thin, with long fair hair and blue eyes, opened fire with an Armalite AR-15
semiautomatic rifle, killing 35 people and wounding 20 more.
Minutes before he begun the systematic
slaughter of the patrons of a crowded cafe he spoke of "Wasps" and "Jap
s" to friends and has been said that he thought he was doing Australia
a favour by shooting Japanese tourists
For his crimes, he is serving 35 life sentence
s with no chance of parole in Hobart
's Risdon Prison. He receives no visitors. Several psychiatrist
s have diagnosed him as having emotional disorder
s and the IQ
of an 11 year-old. He smirked and giggled as the horrific charges against him were read out in court, but he is not schizophrenic
; by all accounts the murders were carried out in a calm, calculating fashion