Photo: The Daily Telegraph.
Port Arthur massacre killer Martin Bryant.
A Dangerous Mind
The Port Arthur massacre of 28 April 1996 was a killing spree which claimed the lives of 35 people and wounded 37 others mainly at the historic Port Arthur prison colony, a popular tourist site in south-eastern Tasmania, Australia.
After almost 20 years behind the walls of Risdon Prison, is Australia’s worst killer. Lumbering across the concrete floor of his heavily fortified steel cage, Australia’s worst mass killer cuts a lonely and pathetic figure as he fumbles a play with a prison issue footy. At 48, Martin Bryant’s wavy blond hair is gone, the slim build of which he once boasted has given way to flab and a pendulous gut, and his entire world is confined to the Mersey unit of Risdon Prison’s maximum-security wing.
Bryant has assaulted several jail workers in Hobart’s notorious Risdon prison in the past 19 years, and was involved in an attack on a male nurse in February which left him with a fractured jaw and possibly unable to resume his duties.
The attack was the latest in a string of assaults by the vicious killer, which along with ongoing health issues have contributed to driving the cost of his incarceration into the millions. Following the assault, Bryant was moved to a different maximum security wing of notorious Risdon prison.
Bryant is now a balding, heavily overweight loner whose only access to the outside world is a heavily fortified steel screen in the exercise cage he has access to for up to six hours a day. Bryant’s only visitor has been his mother, Carleen Bryant.
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