by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB
Special Air Services and Commando’s are two of Australia’s special forces. They are trained in unusual skills including how to withstand torture, how to break open a safe, and how to smuggle equipment under water. It goes without saying that they are trained to kill.
In March 2015, I put on a variety show at the Adelaide Fringe. It had ten acts, one of which had to do with the unfair imprisonment of Martin Bryant. As a result of a story about this, Kevin Woodman wrote to me and said he had information to share.
He reckons that the shooting at Port Arthur in April 1996 may have been done by an ex-SAS man, David Francis Everett, who was age 33 at that time. David’s life suggests he was being used by someone to carry out a range of crimes. He got a lot of media coverage for his exploits. (David died of cancer in 2013 at age 51.)
At first I interviewed Kevin Woodman only by phone. The results were published as “Port Arthur Massacre and Martin Bryant’s Innocence: A New Perspective,” at Rumor Mill News on July 8, 2015. I gave Kevin the pseudonym “Shane Gingkotree,” as I didn’t think he should take the plunge with his own name.
Last week I hopped over to Perth, mainly to interview Cherri Bonney who is gathering signatures for a petition (at Change.org) to be submitted to Will Hodgman, premier of Tasmania. She demands a coronial inquest of the Port Arthur massacre, not just for Martin Bryant’s sake but “for all our sakes.”
While in Perth, I asked Kevin Woodman if he would be wiling to re-do the Shane Gingkotree interview, as it were. (The first one had been done only by telephone.) Kevin Woodman is a 78-year-old retired electrician who has lived in most of the states of Oz, and overseas in NZ, UK, South Africa, and Papua. He did National Service in 1956.
Kevin has wanted for many years to get the story out there. If the SAS was involved in Port Arthur, we need to know abut it, don’t we? Granted, it is difficult for people to understand what “special operations” are.
“Today, the Australian Army possesses a number of units that perform more conventional direct-action type commando roles, as well as counter-terrorism response, long-range patrolling, and clandestine deep-penetration operations.”
Would I (Mary Maxwell) go so far as to say that the SOG’s –special operations groups — of any nation might engage in the production of a terrorist incident? Yes, I do say that all the time! It has been a hallmark of political life since 9-11.
I don’t know if that sort of thing transpired in Australia in 1996. The team at Gumshoe hasn’t tried to dig into that subject. Rather, we got antsy about Martin Bryant being in prison, and this led to the contact from Kevin Woodman.
Now we find ourselves having to face up to the question of whether Port Arthur was part of the worldwide schedule of shoot-outs.
Admittedly, I made a stink last year about the Sydney siege. Recall my Youtube chiding Tony Abbott for laying flowers at Martin Place, and my worry about the number of bouquets? Did you see my recent yelping about the “United We Stand” headline in which Aussies were seen to be feeling the trauma from the stadium in Paris?
Kevin Woodman has taken a chance by going live with his insight about possible SAS involvement at Port Arthur. Please hear him out and respond with comments.
The Life of David Everett (1962-2013)
Below I have added a video of David Everett. The audio quality is poor but it is very valuable material. You can learn about David’s life in the book he wrote, entitled Shadow Warrior. Personally I feel as touched by David’s plight as I do about Martin’s.
Let me add that Kevin’s story is by no means firm proof that there was an ex-SAS person at Port Arthur that day. It’s “a concept.”
There may be many other concepts needing to emerge. That cannot happen while the stupid story of “Bryant the killer” dominates in Australia.
— Mary W Maxwell is a graduate of University of Adelaide Law School. She can be contacted at Gumshoe News, or at Mary@ProsecutionForTreason.com