Secret new video of Port Arthur massacre killer Martin Bryant (2022)

Almost 20 years after Martin Bryant perpetrated Australia's worst mass killing in what became known as the Port Arthur massacre, previously unseen footage of him on the rampage has been unearthed.

The video footage shows Bryant, then a 28-year-old deranged misfit, walking in a car park near the water's edge at Port Arthur, the eerie former convict settlement 90km south of Hobart.

A voice with an American accent says in the video 'there's somebody going crazy shooting people here. There he is over there, there's the guy right there'.

The footage also shows Bryant driving his yellow Volvo loaded with an arsenal of weapons from one killing spot to another as he hunted down more victims.

Martin Bryant, circled, in the car park during his rampage 20 years ago in which he shot dead 35 people including children in what became known as the Port Arthur massacre

Martin Bryant (-pictured) was aa 28-year-old deranged misfit when almost 20 years ago he went on a shooting rampage killing 35 people on one of the darkest days in Australian criminal history

Martin Bryant (circled) getting into the yellow Volvo he drove for the first part of the Port Arthur massacre before shooting the occupants of two other cars and stealing the vehicles

Scene of a massacre: The eerie setting of the Port Arthur convict ruins (above) where Martin Bryant carried out the shooting massacre in April, 1996

A figure runs across the car park in Port Arthur in footage shot during the massacreon April 28, 1996 and never shown publicly before now

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Martin Bryant went on the infamous shooting spree on April 28, 1996 in which he shot dead 35 people including young children and wounded 27. His shooting spree was the third-deadliest shooting by a lone gunman in history.

Bryant, who was labelled a loner as a child who loved shooting dead animals with his air rifle and who set himself on fire at the age of 13, was socially and intellectually impaired and had an IQ of 66.

When he was 19, he met a 54-year-old Tattersalls lottery heiress Helen Harvey whom he moved in with, and is believed to have killed in 1992 by steering her car into an oncoming vehicle.

Following her death, Bryant inherited her property and her wealth. Although said to sometimes sleep with a fully grown pig, Bryant adopted the outward persona of a country laird, dressing up in waistcoats and travelling around in Ms Harvey's cars.

Martin Bryant (circled) by his yellow Volvo in footage filmed in the car park of the Broad Arrow cafe where he shot 24 people before continuing on to shoot a further eleven including two young children

Martin Bryant, pictured with his father Maurice and his sister, was a strange little boy who set himself on fire aged 13 and later went on to perpetrate Australia's worst mass killing, the Port Arthur massacre

Tourists and visitors to the Port Arthur convict ruins were gathered in the Broad Arrow cafe on a Sunday when Martin Bryant entered with a large duffel bag, ate a meal, took out a rifle and began shooting

The café structure in 2015. A memorial garden has been established at the site

Walter Mikac, centre, whose family was the subject of Martin Bryant's most cruel act in the massacre when Bryant shot Mr Mikac's wife Nanette and daughterMadeline, 3, and chased a fleeing Alannah, 6, around a tree and killed her

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Inside the Broad Arrow cafe where Martin Bryant took out his Colt rifle and shot dead twelve people, before crossing to the other side of the cafe and killing a further eight

The scene in the car park outside the Broad Arrow cafe during the Port Arthur massacre when Martin Bryant, 28, coldly took a rifle and began shooting visitors in the popular rest stop at the historic convict ruins

Several months before the Port Arthur massacre he became romantically involved with a young woman, Petra Wilmott.

On the afternoon of Sunday, April 28, 1996, Bryant went to a bed and breakfast house, Seascape, owned by David and Sally Martin, a source of contention because Bryant's father had wanted to buy it.

Maurice Bryant had committed suicide by drowning himself in a damn, although it was speculated later on that Martin may have helped him die.

Bryant shot the Martins in their guesthouse and stole their weapons from Mr Martin's gun case and drove his Volvo to the Broad Arrow Café, a popular resting stop for tourists visiting the Port Arthur's convict ruins.

He entered the cafe carrying a large duffel bag and ordered and ate a meal. Afterwards, he set up a video camera on a vacant table and took a semi-automatic Colt rifle from his bag and began shooting.

In his first spray of bullets, Bryant killed twelve people and wounded another ten. He walked to the other side of the cafe and again fired multiple rounds, killing another eight people and wounding two.

Captured on video, Martin Bryant drives his yellow Volvo during the massacre where she shot people in the Broad Arrow cafe and then stopped the vehicle to kill Nanette Mikac and her daughters Alannah and Madeline

A scene from the mayhem wrought during the Port Arthur massacre by lone gunman Martin Bryant in 1996

The setting for Australia's worst mass killing was the eerie ruins of the convict settlement at Port Arthur

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After receiving 35 life sentences Martin Bryant was jailed in Hobart's Risdon prison and then later moved to a secure mental health facility for forensic inmates

Bryant, now aged 48, is a bloated and withdrawn inmate in Hobart'sWilfred Lopes Centre, a secure mental health facility

He then ran out into the car park, shooting dead four more people and wounding six before driving off.

Three hundred metres up the road, Bryant stopped where Nanette Mikac was walking with her daughters Alannah, six, and Madeline, three.

In the cruellest and most calculating moment of his rampage, Bryant shot dead Mrs Mikac and Madeline, and when Alannah Mikac fled, he chased her around a tree and killed her with a single shot.

He then approached a BMW, killed all four occupants of the car and then stole it. He drove a short distance and hijacked a couple in a white Toyota, hustling the man into the boot and shooting the woman dead through the windscreen.

He drove the Toyota back to the Seascape guesthouse and after taking his hostage inside, set the car alight.

Presenter Mike Willesee pictured outside Risdon prison's special mental health facility where Martin Bryant is held, never to be released

One of the psychologists told Channel 7 that Bryant told him more than he had to police and that he was 'absolutely' enjoying the attention he had received by his infamy

Seven's programme 'features new, deeply personal and detailed accounts of Martin Bryant – the man and his motivations – from those who came to be closest to him following the Port Arthur atrocity'

Bryant and his hostage were sitting inside with Sally and David Martin's corpses when the police arrived and began lengthy negotiations.

(Video) Massacre video posted online

Bryant demanded to be taken by army helicopter to an airport. Sometime during the overnight stand-off, Bryant killed his hostage.

Eighteen hours after the killing began, Bryant set fire to the guest house and attempted to escape.

Suffering serious burns to his back, he was taken to Royal Hobart Hospital and and kept under guard.

In November 1996, he eventually pleaded guilty to multiple murder and wounding charges and received 35 life sentences plus 1035 years.

He was kept in solitary confinement in Hobart's Risdon prison before being moved in 2006 to the secure mental health unit, theWilfred Lopes Centre where he is reportedly bloated and withdrawn.

The consultant pictured in Hobart on a hill above the Wilfred Lopes Centre where Martin Bryant is reportedly bloated and withdrawn

Following the massacre by Martin Bryant, who lives in a secure forensic inmate facility, then-prime minister John Howard introduced gun laws restricting the sale of semi-automatic weapons in Australia

Presenter Mike Willeseee interview psychologists who examined Bryant after his arrest for Channel 7.

One of the consultants told Channel 7 that Bryant told him more than he had to police and that he was 'absolutely' enjoying the attention he had received by his infamy.

Following the massacre, then prime minister John Howard introduced gun laws restricting the sale of semi-automatic weapons in Australia.

Channel 7 said its programme about the Port Arthur massacre would provide answers to questions about why Martin Bryant carried it out 'one of the nation’s darkest days'.

The programme 'features new, deeply personal and detailed accounts of Martin Bryant – the man and his motivations – from those who came to be closest to him in the days, weeks and months that followed the Port Arthur atrocity.

'They’re men who got inside the mind of a monster and what they found there was shocking.

'We’ll also hear from the girlfriend who was showered with money and proposals by a simple, illiterate loner harbouring a terrifying murderous intent.

'And in never-before-seen video, hidden from the public and obtained by Sunday Night, we’ll see and hear arguably the most authoritative account of all.'

Sunday Night 'Major Event' will screen nationally on the Seven Network this Sunday, March 6 at 8.30pm.

FAQs

How much did Martin Bryant inherit? ›

Police described the death as "unnatural" and it was ruled a suicide. Bryant inherited the proceeds of his father's superannuation fund, valued at AU$250,000. Bryant later sold the Copping farm for AU$143,000 and kept the New Town mansion.

How old is Martin Bryant now? ›

Who is Martin Bryant sister? ›

How old was Martin Bryant when he met Helen? ›

At the age of 19, Bryant met the wealthy Helen Harvey, who hired him as her handyman.

Who was Helen Mary Elizabeth Harvey? ›

Helen Mary Elizabeth Harvey was an heiress to the Tattersall gambling fortune who quit her job with the Tasmanian Railways before turning 30, spending the following decades with her mother in a sprawling mansion as they both mourned the passing of Helen's father.

Who is Martin Bryant's mother? ›

Is nitram factual? ›

Based on a true story, Nitram tells the story of 28-year-old Martin Bryant who, in 1996, went on a shooting rampage in Port Arthur, Tasmania, killing 35 people and wounding 23 others. It was the worst mass shooting in Australian history.

Did Martin Bryant have a sibling? ›

What happened Broad Arrow Cafe? ›

The walls of Broad Arrow Cafe have been left standing. Twelve were killed and 10 injured here IN FIFTEEN SECONDS. (In total, 35 were killed and 23 wounded at various sites around Port Arthur.) The structure was actually much more substantial, with the cafe's kitchen areas extending to where the Remembrance Pool is now.

How did Port Arthur get its name? ›

Port Arthur was named after George Arthur, the lieutenant governor of Van Diemen's Land. The settlement started as a timber station in 1830, but it is best known for being a penal colony.

Who is Helen in nitram? ›

Helen Harvey is the real-life heiress of the Tattersall's lotteries fortune who befriended the isolated Bryant after he was employed to do odd jobs around her home around eight years before the killings.

Is Nitram in Port Arthur? ›

The film revolves around the life and behaviors of an intellectually disabled young man called "Nitram" (based on Martin Bryant), and the events leading to his involvement in the 1996 Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania, Australia. The film stars Caleb Landry Jones, Judy Davis, Essie Davis and Anthony LaPaglia.

Who owns Tatts Lotto Helen? ›

As far as money goes, he struck it big: Helen “owns” Tattslotto (the real-life Helen was merely one of the Tattersalls family; she also lived with her elderly mother) and takes a shine to him, showering him with gifts and attention.

Where was the Port Arthur shooting? ›

Does Netflix Australia have Nitram? ›

Can I stream Nitram on Netflix? Nitram is not currently available to stream on Netflix.

Did they really call him Nitram? ›

The character's real name is never spoken in the movie: Just about everyone calls him "Nitram," a hated childhood nickname contrived by the filmmakers to avoid mentioning the real-life shooter. And he's played in a ferocious, terrifying performance by Caleb Landry Jones.

Why do they call Martin Bryant Nitram? ›

“Nitram” is said to be Bryant's boyhood nickname, which he hates, but no one who cares about him ever calls him this. The story begins with his father (played by Anthony LaPaglia) receiving a loan to buy a new house with plans to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast.

What does the word Nitram mean? ›

Nitram is a name that indicates a gift of gab - the ability to persuade others effortlessly.

Who is Martin Bryant's mother? ›

Is nitram in Port Arthur? ›

The film revolves around the life and behaviors of an intellectually disabled young man called "Nitram" (based on Martin Bryant), and the events leading to his involvement in the 1996 Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania, Australia. The film stars Caleb Landry Jones, Judy Davis, Essie Davis and Anthony LaPaglia.

Who is Helen in Nitram? ›

Helen Harvey is the real-life heiress of the Tattersall's lotteries fortune who befriended the isolated Bryant after he was employed to do odd jobs around her home around eight years before the killings.

Does Netflix Australia have Nitram? ›

Can I stream Nitram on Netflix? Nitram is not currently available to stream on Netflix.

What does the word Nitram mean? ›

Nitram is a name that indicates a gift of gab - the ability to persuade others effortlessly.

Whats a Nitram? ›

The character's real name is never spoken in the movie: Just about everyone calls him "Nitram," a hated childhood nickname contrived by the filmmakers to avoid mentioning the real-life shooter. And he's played in a ferocious, terrifying performance by Caleb Landry Jones.

Is Nitram the story of Martin Bryant? ›

In the film, Nitram, based on Martin Bryant (played by Caleb Landry Jones), lives with his parents (Judy Davis and Anthony LaPaglia) in suburban Australia in the mid-'90s. He lives a life of isolation and frustration at never fitting in.

Videos

1. Port Arthur Massacre | Martin Bryant Case Analysis
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2. Pauline Hanson questions Port Arthur massacre in secret recording
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3. How Port Arthur massacre changed these men’s lives forever | 7.30
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4. Survivors, emergency responders recount their memories of the Port Arthur massacre
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5. Nitram - Official Trailer
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6. Sky News reflects on ‘nation shattering’ Port Arthur massacre 25 years on
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