Death of Mark "Chopper" Read

October 9, 2013
Sydney, Australia

Notorious Aussie criminal dies
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KRISTEN GELINEAU, The Associated Press

SYDNEY (AP) — Mark "Chopper" Read, one of Australia's most notorious and colorful crime figures, died on Wednesday after a long battle with liver cancer, his manager said. He was 58.

Read, who spent 23 years in prison for a variety of crimes including assault and armed robbery, wrote more than a dozen books detailing his long career of violence, including one entitled "How to Shoot Friends and Influence People." He gained international fame in...

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