by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB, March 8, 2015
You may have heard that the Port Arthur massacre of 1996 is called “Australia’s 911.” It vividly resembles incidents that we have since come to refer to as “terrorist attacks.” A man walked into a café in Tasmania and, with no apparent motive, shot many of the customers dead. He later killed more folks outside the café; the total was 35 people.
The editor of Gumshoe News, Dalia, and I are putting on a show for two nights at the Adelaide Fringe this week. It’s supposed to be a comedy, but if you have been reading our columns you will know that some of the subject matters are not very funny.
We advertised the show as having a skit entitled “Florists for 9-11 Truth” and we’ll also have something to say about “unusual clouds in the sky.” We might even mention the death of Miriam Makeba. It occurred straight after she gave a concert in support of the guy who fights “the other mafia” in Italy, Robert Saviano. But you can’t have a Fringe show like this without mentioning Australia’s hugely significant case: “Port Arthur.”
We might avail ourselves of some poetic licence at the Fringe, to change the story line a bit. We could ask: what if? What if the convicted killer, Martin Bryant, actually had a trial, and a jury overturned his conviction, finding that on April 28, 1996, the then-28 year-old Martin was not even on the premises of the Broad Arrow café?
As part of the Fringe story, we might show a High School teacher asking her inquisitive students (after the dramatic exoneration of Bryant) to analyze the original case. She’ll ask them to identify some factors about Martin Bryant’s arrest that should have raised red flags. For example:
- Martin did not have a trial, despite his being on a disability pension for mental illness.
- The shooter shot with right hand, Martin is a leftie!!!!!!!
- Local police were called away to a phony drug bust at the critical moment, a long distance from Port Arthur.
- The single-bullets to the heads of 19 of the victims could only have done by a marksman.
- Wendy Scurr, who was at Port Arthur all day, and had attended the victims, is always ignored by authorities.
- Media published a front-page photo of Martin before witnesses could identify him from their recollections.
- The only café person who knew Martin, said ‘It’s not him.’
- Broad Arrow café was torn down, hiding the evidence.
- Martin can be heard on a police walkie-talkie at Seascape Cottage, using a calm voice, perhaps with scripted lines.
- Contrary to state law (Tassie’s Coroners Act 1995), no coronial inquest was held. Hence the case is thoroughly suspicious.
In the Opinion of Officer Phil Pyke
Oddly, as recently as 17 months ago, Murdoch’s news.com.au published an article, “My Time with Mass Killer Martin Bryant.” It’s by the police officer, Phil Pyke, who had sat in the hospital room guarding the prisoner.
Recall that Martin Bryant had escaped from the Seascape Cottage with his back on fire. Here he is in the Royal Hobart Hospital, in extreme pain, and yet is handcuffed, in the bed. (“Gotta hate those spree killers,” right?). In his short article, Pyke mentions four times that Martin gave a look of “pure evil.”
I have learned from psychological-warfare literature that if the human ear hears something three times in a short space, the brain cannot resist believing it. The normally critical function of the cerebrum gets overridden.
By the way, should it turn out that Bryant never killed a flea, the alleged “look of pure evil” will have to be accounted for in some other way. Such as that Pyke imagined it?
This policeman also said – but he got this by hearsay – that Bryant made shooting gestures at the nurses, which frightened them. Bit hard to make any gesture in handcuffs, isn’t it?
Pyke went on, in his post-1996 career, to be Media officer for the police and subsequently public relations officer for the Australian Defence Forces. (That would require a special talent nowadays, I imagine, and great dedication.)
It is worth noting that Pyke built his report about Martin’s awfulness, partly on the basis that he, Pyke, was, coincidentally, the officer who found Martin’s Dad, Maurice Bryant, in a dam on the property in 1995.
The bereaved son “laughed,” he said.
By the way, the Dad was reportedly found wearing a weighted belt, to assure his death by drowning. We all have a weighted belt in our wardrobe, don’t we? And a sign was hung on the house: “Get the police.” How very peculiar, if Maurice hung it.
The Mom, Carleen Bryant
It has come out in the medical reports of Martin Bryant that he was connected to the Tavistock Clinic in the UK from an early age, and traveled there several times on his own as an adult. This does not seem to match his diagnosis as mentally retarded. It’s often mentioned that Bryant’s IQ is 66, but do we really know that? Lately I see they are using the word “Asperger’s” in his diagnosis.
The Tavistock connection makes me think that his Mother, Carleen, is also controlled in some way. In the years after 1996, she was said to have been traveling around Australia in a campervan (something one cannot easily verify). It has also often been published that Martin refused prison visits from his Mom. Personally I take that with a grain of salt.
Carleen recently gave Sixty Minutes a chat, vaguely suggesting Martin’s innocence. Would she ever have been allowed to appear on TV like that, if media didn’t feel sure that her message would be pretty tame? Am I suggesting that the media desires that we “keep our shirts on” regarding the Port Arthur massacre? Yes.
All Sorts of Things May Happen If Martin Bryant, Now Age 48, Gets a Trial
There are various supporters of Bryant around Oz and around the world, but the only one I absolutely trust, so far, is Wendy Scurr. Indeed, Wendy is a principal witness, and cast aspersions on the official (i.e., Murdoch-press) story.
In our show she may be appointed a vice-regal, yes, Governor of Queensland, to thank her for her integrity and to signal that persons with a mind for truth will now be listened to. Gotta look at the positive side here. History did not end did it?
Legal eagles may find themselves becoming national heroes if they pursue this matter. When I was in law school, a High Court Justice came over to Adelaide to participate in the un-doing of an unfair criminal case that happened a century ago. Just ope your eyes, students. There is “material” you can use today….[D4]
Incidentally, does anyone know the current whereabouts of a girl named Shizaa? Back in 2008 she was producing frequent spots for Youtube under the title “The Opinion Hour.” She made a forthright statement of her belief that Martin Bryant should not be in jail (and a hint that certain other miscreants should be).
Then she stopped uploading videos and has not “checked in” to her Youtube channel for the last eight years. I am not tinfoil-hattish enough to say she has been disappeared. (I am generally tinfoil-hattish, of course, but possibly Google simply shut down Ms Shizzaa’s Yutube channel). In any case I’d like to know her current whereabouts.
Mary Maxwell is an aspiring thespian, at an advanced age. She will try anything. The Fringe show dates are 13th and 14 March, 2015, and the admission price is fairly low, in fact it is nothing at all. With free parking at the Burnside Library, to boot. And maybe the attendees will get a tax rebate just for showing up – but now I’m exaggerating.