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Port Arthur Massacre
- IQ of 66, putting him at an impressively low 1.17th percentile. While still able to function independently in society, he received the nickname Stupid Marty.
- Made lewd comments to almost any female. Loved pornography and was obsessed with bestiality. Frequently hired prostitutes. Creepy. Enjoyed violent films, his favorite Child's Play II.
- Inherited approximately $500,000 after the suicide of his father and the death of Helen Harvey, killed in an automobile accident (in which Martin was passenger.)
- Bryant had no significant firearms experience, but he owned 200 teddy bears.
- The Port Arthur Massacre sparked gun reform in Australia, though none was really needed. Tasmania in particular, where this massacre occurred, sported a very low murder rate, in which guns involved only a fraction.
- A New South Wales police report indicates that 29 shots were fired at the Broad Arrow, 19 ending as fatal head shots, 1 other fatal shot, and 12 wounded. In about 90 seconds. A very interesting statistic.
- Bryant's AR-15 was found with an exploded cartridge in the chamber, exploded with a force not normally seen for a bullet of this calibre. If this had occurred while the weapon was being held, severe injury would have resulted to the operator -- amputation, burns, or firearms discharge residue. At time of arrest, Bryant was burned from the fire at Seascape Cottage, but his hands were uninjured.
- Has made four suicide attempts while in prison.
- Current residence Risdon Prison.
- Lyndon LaRouche publication EIR asserts that Bryant was a "patsy" brainwashed by the Tavistock Institute.
|7 May 1967
||Martin Bryant born.
||Severely burned in fireworks accident, requiring weeks of hospitalization.
||"There will never be uniform gun laws in Australia until there is a massacre in Tasmania." Barry Unsworth, New South Wales Labour Premiere, spoken at a special meeting in Hobart. Reported by the Sun Herald edition of 5 May 1996.
|16 Aug 1993
||Father, Maurice Bryant, commits suicide at family farm, Copping. Maurice weighted himself with his son's diving weights and submerged himself.
|9 Mar 1994
||Drysdale's firearm is destroyed by the Australian government, according to records.
||Loses his luggage at the airport. Police recover the luggage and return it to him, minus four seized bestiality videos.
|28 Apr 1996
||After openly lamenting the dearth of Japanese tourists, Martin Bryant opens fire with an AR-15 (serial number SP128807) at the Broad Arrow Cafe in Port Arthur, Tasmania, killing 35 and wounding 18.
|28 Apr 1996
||At 8PM, police take Carleen Bryant, Martin's mother, to police headquarters.
|29 Apr 1996
||Bryant surrenders to police, his clothes on fire.
|23 Jun 1996
||Report on the front page of Australia's Sunday Telegraph indicates that the AR-15 used is a gun that was turned into the Victoria government by collector Bill Drysdale in February 1993, during an amnesty. He was compensated AU$1700 for the firearm.
|4 Jul 1996
POLICE: Did you ever practice shooting from the hip?
BRYANT: No Never.
POLICE: Did you get pretty accurate?
BRYANT: No Not really.
|30 Sep 1996
||Bryant pleads not guilty to 72 counts.
|7 Nov 1996
|22 Dec 2000
||Stabbing attack on Bryant at Risdon Prison. This is described as a suicide attempt.
|5 Jul 2003
||Another inmate sprays cleaning solution in Bryant's eyes. He is evacuated to Royal Hobart Hospital for treatment.
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