Chopper Dies Age 58

Australian criminal and self-styled celebrity Mark "Chopper" Read has died aged 58 after a long battle with liver cancer. Read served 23 years in prison for multiple violent crimes including armed robbery, kidnapping a judge and shooting a man who he later drove to hospital. He famously asked an inmate to cut off his ears while in prison, and was said to have a penchant for blowtorches and pliers when dealing with enemies. Read was never convicted of murder, but once claimed to have killed 19 people. He later revised this figure to around four. Since his release 15 years ago, Read became a successful true-crime author, publishing dozens of books on his alleged exploits in prison.