Martin Bryant Birthday Series, Part 1: The Gene Gibson Acquittal

The late Johsh Warneke (1994-2010) with his mother, Ingrid Bishop

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Martin Bryant will turn 50 on May 7, 2017, hopefully not in prison. What? “Hopefully not in prison?” Are we living in fantasy world? No. We are living in a world where a person whose “guilty plea” was made under coercion or by deception, is shown the door of the jail.

That happened this week in Perth. Gene Gibson, after “serving” five years (don’t you love that expression) walked out of Casuarina maximum-security prison. “WA Police commissioner Karl O’Callaghan today said he ‘deeply regretted’ the part his officers had played in that miscarriage of justice adding that he was willing to meet with Mr Gibson personally to express his regret.”

(’Zat like Ray Groom, former premier of Tassie, saying “I’m deeply sorry that Bryant has been ‘serving’ 21 years for what was basically a false flag and I want to console him personally”?) [Read more…]

Further to Martin Bryant’s Piano(s)

This grand is currently on E-bay in the US for only $1200

If you google for “The Queen v Bryant” you will get this:



Appearances: MR. D. BUGG Q.C. and MR. N. PERKS for the Crown MR. J. AVERY for [really, for??] the Accused.

BUGG Q.C. (Stating facts): Your Honour, Martin Bryant has pleaded guilty to all counts in the indictment which was filed in this Court on the 5th of July.

[Read more…]

Further to the Elements of English Law, with a Section on the Crime of Treason

Magna Carta of 1215, at Runnymede signed by King John

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

We now continue yesterday’s article, quoting at length from William Geldart’s 1907 work, Elements of English Law. That book is still in print, although Oxford University Press has re-named it Introduction to English Law.

I prefer “elements.” By explaining the elements, Geldhart manages to show why laws in England are what they are. Laws in England? What about Australia? Australia has the same elements of law. English law is enjoyed by Canada, the US, Oz, and other countries.

How lucky we all are to have this great heritage. [Read more…]

What Hath Martin Bryant Wrought?

Martin, Maurice, and Lindy Bryant, circa 1975

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

You just never know where things will lead. A huge miscarriage of justice occurred in the 1996 Port Arthur case, and many Australians do not plan to put up with it.

Let’s say 2,000 are opposed to the continued incarceration of Martin Bryant.  I draw that figure from the fact that 3,200 people have signed Cherri Bonney’s petition at for “an inquest for all our sakes.”

I’m guessing, generously, that 1,000 of those people are not Australian (there is no national rule on signing petitions). So I use the 2,000 figure. But we could easily multiply that by 10, as only some folks ever know that a petition exists. [Read more…]

An Accomplice Ruins the Whole Story

Seascape cottage

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

Editor’s note: This was Part 11 of Bryant’s Anniversary Series.

It is wonderful to see that another court case in Tasmania is proceeding apace. That is the new appeal of convicted murderess Sue Neill-Fraser. Gumshoe is not going to put resources into that case, but it has provided me with a clue about Martin Bryant.

Of course there is plenty already to show that Bryant was a patsy and had nothing whatsoever to do with the massacre at the Broad Arrow Café on April 28, 1996. But I have just noticed something about the logic of “accomplices.”

During the siege at Seascape, which involved a hostage-taking, it was acknowledged by police that more than one gunman had appeared at a time. Someone was shooting from the roof of one of the other buildings at Seascape, while Martin was holed up in the cottage. [Read more…]

Open Letter to Aussies Who Reject the Port Arthur Conspiracy Theory and Insist “It Was Him”


Ad as it appeared on page 17 of The Adelaide Advertiser, Feb 23, 2017

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

Dear Aussies Who Hate “Conspiracy Theory,” and Who Believe that Martin Bryant Was the Killer at Port Arthur,

Someday you may be arrested for something you did not do. You may think you can straighten it out. In the first place, you may think the normal workings of the law will take care of the mistake. Or, if that fails, you will get members of your family or community to seek redress for you.

I have news for you. It will not turn out like you think. The courts have stopped doing the right thing. It is a very, VERY frightening situation. I follow it rather closely as regards both the Australian and American legal scene. Trust me, for the moment: it is not like it used to be. [Read more…]

Remember This Guy? He Didn’t Do It.


“Moot Court Trial for Martin Bryant”

Adelaide Fringe – free, no need to book!

 Burnside Library, March 15 at 3pm

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Gumshoe readers know that this website has an ongoing interest in Port Arthur. This is partly because of the WA aviatrix Cherri Bonney, the WA Return-to-Sender guy Mal Hughes, and the “I know who came over on the ferry” stickybeak Kevin Woodman. Hey, he’s from WA too, is there something going on over there?

This short article is to tell you about Fringe developments.  [Read more…]

The Dax File, Part I: When Googling “Fiona Barnett” You Get New Connections

drdax_bw-1024x734Dr Eric Cunningham Dax (1908 – 2008)

by Mary W Maxwell

In the introduction to our book, Port Arthur: Enough Is Enough, there is an obituary of Dr Eric Cunningham Dax. It begins “He graduated From London University in 1932 with honours in Medicine.” On the following page of the book (p 21), I state “The leading candidate for organizer of the 1996 Port Arthur massacre is, in my opinion, Tavistock.”

Recently, a 73-year-old woman in Australia – whose name I will supply later – emailed Gumshoe to say she knew Dax well and would like to give us some information. Yesterday (October 18, 2016) I interviewed her for six hours. It took me about a quarter of a minute to recognize that she is genuine. [Read more…]

The Port Arthur Massacre: Fifteen Requests


by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

Seventy-two counts of crime were laid on 29-year-old intellectually handicapped Martin Bryant despite the authorities knowing that he did not commit those crimes (and knowing who did commit them).

So who did commit them? Hmm. I’d better peek into my wallet and see if I can afford to be sued for libel. [Read more…]

How Avery Bamboozled Martin Bryant into Pleading Guilty.  

avery-bryantRecent headshots of Avery (on Mike Willesee’s TV show) and the prisoner-for-life Martin Bryant. 

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

They say Martin had an IQ of 66 when he was young. (I’d hate to think what it might be at the moment!) But I have never quite believed that he was very lacking in intelligence. In the police interview of July 4, 1996 he seems to have good vocabulary and common sense. [Read more…]

Bryant’s Anniversary Series, Part 13: Elvis Is Still in the Building

by Mary W Maxwell

Please listen to Elvis’ video and then see what we did with his song.  Elvis featured prominently at our 2015 Adelaide Fringe show. (Remember “Hate Me Tender”?)

[Read more…]

Bryant’s Anniversary Series, Part 12: Later Interview with Avery — Admits Shooting Sally on the Bed!

MARTIN AVERYMartin and John, 20 years after the offending interview

by Mary W Maxwell

Two months ago, Gumshoe published a 1996 interview that took place just as John Avery was taking over from David Gunson as attorney on the Port Arthur case. That article was aptly entitled “Every Aussie Lawyer Needs To Attend to the Gross Injustice of this Interview.”

On that occasion, John Avery clearly tried to suppress Bryant’s desire for a trial. But today we publish another chat between Bryant and Avery — with a very different tone. Here the prisoner cooperates with Avery in discussing how to tell the Court that he now remembers killing all those people! [Read more…]

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