Massacre, Murder, Mayhem
Lulu Enterprises Incorporated, 2007 - 375 pages
The true story of a lone gunman and the merciless killing of 35 innocent men women and children at Port Arthur in 1996. The story raises questions about the investigation and the way the case was conducted.
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The cognitive dissonance evident in Tasmanians regarding this event is only because the people of this beautiful state are overwhelmingly beautiful souls.
I shared the revulsion, disbelief and horror of the events in '96 at Port Arthur. I watched the 'story' unfold on mainstream media and from accounts of friends and colleagues who were working at the Royal Hobart Hospital where I was employed as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit.
I was in Sydney on holiday when a friend related to me that she could not get the " chill from her bones from Martin Bryant's stare" when he was in her care in ICU. This was the evening following the release of Martin's picture in the Mercury. I thought it strange then that my rational and intelligent friends at work were assuming his guilt immeadiately! Why did the Mercury publish that picture???? Now I learn that Ray Groom organised a busload of journalists to be picked up from Hobart and tour the Port Arthur mass shooting site before the alleged gunman had been apprehended and was supposedly still at large with weapons!! However, at the time I too got caught up in the media frenzy that ensured he did not get a fair hearing .I was also stunned to learn from my nursing friends about the sudden development and implementation of an Emergency Plan for External Disasters the introduction and practise of which occurred only a week prior to the event. Too many coincidences, too many inconsistencies. Thank you Dale for your courage and all those who speak out about injustice.