On a remote cattle station in Far North Queensland, four gold prospectors push their luck and pay the price. Venturing too close to the homestead they attract the attention of the landholders, who arrive armed and dangerous. Only three of the prospectors make it out alive.
This is the story of Bruce Shuler’s murder at Palmerville Station on 9th July 2012. His murderers, Stephen Struber and his wife Dianne Wilson, had for decades been a law unto themselves, terrorising all who dared cross ‘their’ land. Or, as Struber saw it, playing ‘Cowboys and Indians’ and chasing them off the property. Using real bullets.
Struberville is also a look at the darker side of isolation, and what happens to the civilising influence of society when nobody’s watching out there.
About the Author
Struberville is Monte Dwyer’s first foray in the True Crime genre. Normally his Red in the Centre books contain whimsical, travelogue style stories from all over the country. But in this instance he became a fly-in-fly-out journo undertaking numerous trips to North Queensland, in an attempt to do justice to a story he sees resonating nationwide, ie the resistance of proprietary landholders in the more remote areas, to the growing influx of travelling public. Another point of difference was the sensitivity of the material, which had to be handled carefully, not only out of respect for the victims but also because the key protagonist was still alive and litigious. He hopes the end result is to the reader’s satisfaction, and is now looking forward to getting his new project – Ollie: a 4WD Hino ex-army truck – fitted out and trip ready, so he can hit the road once more.