Chopper Reid dies

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In Dixon's book he is fairly frank about Chopper. For instance he says Chopper often gambled away the touring entourage's takings and they struggled to get paid - and he said that well before Chopper died.

On that basis, if Dixon is calling bullsh_t on Chopper's 60 Minutes interview, I believe him.
Not quite sure why anyone would have let him handle any of the proceeds that didn't directly belong to him.
 

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Kalmah

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In Dixon's book he is fairly frank about Chopper. For instance he says Chopper often gambled away the touring entourage's takings and they struggled to get paid - and he said that well before Chopper died.

On that basis, if Dixon is calling bullsh_t on Chopper's 60 Minutes interview, I believe him.
I read that book as well. He said that they almost got in a fight or something and later Chopper took him out to a farm and put a gun to him and said if he does it again he's getting buried or something like that. Wouldn't surprise me.
 

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I read that book as well. He said that they almost got in a fight or something and later Chopper took him out to a farm and put a gun to him and said if he does it again he's getting buried or something like that. Wouldn't surprise me.
I was enjoying reading that book early on. But it got to the point where I barely wanted to finish the thing. Overall, I rated it pretty disappointing.
 

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I agree. It had a few good stories mixed in but overall was pretty poor. It was obviously put together pretty quickly and cheaply.
 

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I'm resurrecting this thread to share a funny story about Chopper. He's been long dead, about as long as this thread, and I've retired so I don't see any harm it. I'm sure he would see it as adding to his legend.

The Doctor had to examine him because he had bleeding from the bowel, and was required to do a PR examination, and just after slipping the gloved finger in, Chopper said, "Doc, you know what?" The doctor said "What?", being more interested the examination.
"You gunna have to marry me after this."

He was really sick at the time, so to come up with that was pretty impressive. Though I suspect he may have used the gag a few times in the past, in similar, but not quite exactly the same circumstances. He was certainly a better humourist & raconteur than he was a criminal. He was a pretty poor criminal. Perhaps if his life had panned out in a slightly different way he might have made a living as a comedian or similar. But isn't that true of all of us?
 

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Hard one to judge. Seems a completely loose cannon in his younger years, as evidenced by his complete inability to st y out of jail.

But seems to have made a decision to leave that life and some stage, and instead become a figure of entertainment. Which he did do with a fair degree of success, leaving crime behind. I guess you could almost say he rehabilitated, in his own way.

Had no doubt many of his tales are exaggerated or invented, but I think it's probably part of that process. His new life was to entertain so he had to deliver.
I just watched over an hour of his interviews from 90's on youtube and then also the last one on 60 minutes.
Larrikin but psychopath is best guess without being an expert on the personality of sick minded people.
 

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