Martin Bryant before Port Arthur: In bed with a pig and ‘fun’ at car crash scenes before massacre

Australia’s worst serial killer Martin Bryant slept next to a pig and would drive to crash scenes for fun in the years before he massacred 35 people at Port Arthur in 1996.

Bryant, then 28, murdered 35 people and injured 23 others in a senseless shooting spree at the Tasmanian tourist landmark that shocked the world.

He is serving 35 life sentences for each of the killings at Risdon Prison in Hobart. 

Bryant’s life unravelled after the death of his wealthy friend, heiress Helen Harvey, and his father Maurice.

Martin Bryant is locked up in a maximum security unit at Risdon Prison after he murdered 35 people and injured 23 others at Port Arthur in 1996. He is pictured here before the massacre

Even when Ms Harvey was alive he had allowed a pig to sleep in his bed which then soiled his bedroom, news.com.au reported. 

A detailed examination of Bryant’s life in the two years leading up to the massacres on April 28 and 29 paints a picture of a disturbed young man desperately trying to be liked but turning off everyone he met because of his sick tastes, unpredictable and sullen behaviour and childish personality.

He travelled extensively after Ms Harvey died and tried to dress in neat, expensive clothes – but found only rejection over his poor social skills and intense and boastful behaviour – often about how much money he had.

Living in the house Ms Harvey left, he had angry clashes with neighbours and grew a pornography collection which featured bestiality. 

After she died Bryant continued inappropriate behaviour – like befriending local children and then having the friendship cut after showing them pornographic material.

Two years before the massacre he began a relationship with Jenetta Hoani, through church connections. 

Bryant had reportedly allowed a pig to sleep in his bed, which then soiled his bedroom after moving in with the wealthy heiress Helen Harvey

Bryant had reportedly allowed a pig to sleep in his bed, which then soiled his bedroom after moving in with the wealthy heiress Helen Harvey

Ms Hoani liked Bryant for the way he looked and dressed and for being ‘rich’ – but eventually ended the relationship because she found him too ‘weird’.

His home was filled with teddy bears and she was aware of his fascination with pornography including bestiality and violent movies.

In the year leading up to the killings, the increasingly isolated Bryant was ‘pissed off’ according to Ian Joblin, a forensic psychologist who studied Bryant.

Ms Hoani said he seemed obsessed with the evil doll Chucky from the movie Child’s Play.

She ended the relationship after a Gold Coast holiday where he began showing interest in men and after he had told her he owned a gun.

After she was told about the Ms Hoani said she ‘wasn’t surprised he’d done something. He’s not right.’ 

Pictured: A rare new prison photo of a pudgy-faced mass murderer Martin Bryant as he serves 35 life sentences in Tasmania'su00A0Risdon Prison

Pictured: A rare new prison photo of a pudgy-faced mass murderer Martin Bryant as he serves 35 life sentences in Tasmania’s Risdon Prison

The psychiatrists who studied Bryant believed he began to consider and plan a mass killing around a year before it happened. 

In the months before the massacre Bryant became sick of his social isolation and slipped into a deep depression believing he had no future and initially became suicidal.

Two months before Bryant’s shocked the world over a two-day killing spree he began dating a shy horticulture student, Petra Wilmott.

She remembered him as friendless and obsessed with finding excitement and violent videos.

He would make Ms Wilmott drive him to car crash scenes which he thought were fun.

Bryant's senseless shooting spree shocked Australia and prompted then Prime Minister John Howardu00A0to overhaul the nation's gun laws

Bryant’s senseless shooting spree shocked Australia and prompted then Prime Minister John Howard to overhaul the nation’s gun laws

Risdon Prison (pictured) is where Martin Bryantu00A0spends his days behind bars in a high-dependence, maximum-security cell

Risdon Prison (pictured) is where Martin Bryant spends his days behind bars in a high-dependence, maximum-security cell

Bryant always ‘looked for action’ and would get ‘bored’ if he couldn’t find it.

He began to think through revenge fantasies against family friends David and Sally Martin – who bought a property Bryant believed should have been his – and was also fixated to ‘kill a lot of people’ at Port Arthur’.

Three days before the massacre he went to historic Richmond on a date with Wilmott and asked a shopkeeper how busy the town was.

Recently images have meanwhile been published of the now 53-year-old Bryant’s life in Ridson Prison along with details of his ‘dim and pathetic’ existence there.

A rare new prison photo of a pudgy-faced Bryant shows how the obese killer earned the nickname ‘Porky Pig’ by inmates.

One Risdon Prison officer said Bryant was ‘ushered in’ to the cataract clinic under the cover of darkness before the day’s normal surgery starts to avoid any member of the public catching a glimpse of the killer.

Bryant is described by the prison officer as a ‘huge man’ who knocks back his hourly exercise and instead spends his days consuming two-minute noodles and chocolate, which he is known to exchange for sexual favours. 

Bryant set fire to the Seascape Guesthouse (pictured) at the end of his stand off with police following his senseless shooting spree and suffered extensive burns

But the officer added despite his overweight appearance and propensity to sit at a table on the ground floor of the unit and stare at a chess board, he still has the ability to strike fear into prison guards. 

In an interview for The Daily Telegraph’s On Guard podcast in December last year, Mr Burley described Bryant as a ‘big baby’ who rarely speaks and is the laughing stock of the jail.

‘In the unit he was last known to be housed in by himself, the Mersey unit, there may be prisoners in that unit that who wouldn’t even know who he was,’ Mr Burley said.

Since being incarcerated Bryant has been diagnosed with intellectual and social handicaps as well as Asperger’s syndrome. Psychiatrists found Bryant to have an IQ of 66, which is classified as extremely low.

Mr Burley said Bryant has a sweet tooth and was known to perform sexual favours for other inmates in order to get his fix. 

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