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 "Japs" 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 sentences with no chance of parole in Hobart's Risdon Prison. He receives no visitors. Several psychiatrists have diagnosed him as having emotional disorders 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.

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