WORD OF MOUTH: Mark ‘Chopper’ Read and Mark ‘Jacko’ Jackson in a publicity shot for their comedy tour in 2003. Pictured left is Chopper’s former bodyguard Mark ‘Hammer’ Dixon.
WORD OF MOUTH: Mark ‘Chopper’ Read and Mark ‘Jacko’ Jackson in a publicity shot for their comedy tour in 2003. Pictured left is Chopper’s former bodyguard Mark ‘Hammer’ Dixon. Aap Christopher Chan

Chopper's confessions "fairytales", say two associates

DEATHBEAD confessions to four murders by infamous criminal Mark 'Chopper' Read have been shot down by two of his associates.

Mark 'Jacko' Jackson and Mark 'Hammer' Dixon claim Read was telling "fairytales" in an interview aired on 60 Minutes on Sunday, to earn one last payday to give to his wife.

In the interview, Read claimed he murdered Sydney Michael Collins after a speaking show with Jackson at Casino in 2002.

Read claimed he shot Collins in a revenge attack for the former bikie boss dobbing him to police for shooting him in the stomach in 1992.

But Jackson says Read had his dates wrong.

"I've been to Casino once in my whole life and that wasn't until 2005," the former AFL player told the Courier Mail.

"The bloke was telling fairy tales.

"He should have stayed at school for another year and did his mathematics.

"I think he just wanted to get the best price he could for his family on the way out, and good on him, he probably did.

"But at the end of the day I don't want my name mixed up with that bloke talking about that rubbish."

Close friend and Read's bodyguard in his final years, former boxer Mark Dixon said the fabricated tales were typical of Read.

"He's told me what's right and what's not," Dixon told the Courier Mail.

"I can tell you now that's bullshit.

"He just did it to get a paid interview and give his wife some money.

"He's a good storyteller and that's what he did."

Dixon said Read talked about the Collins case following a public speaking show at Weipa in 2008.

"We were back in the hotel sitting around and he said 'I'd love to be able to tell you who did that but I can't'," he said.

"That guy was a pretty high-ranking bikie involved in things and I truly believe something happened to him in the bikie world that had nothing to do with Chopper."



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