Have You Seen Simone?: The Story of an Unsolved Murder
|Author:||Virginia Bergman Peters|
In February 2005, German backpacker Simone Strobel went missing in Lismore, New South Wales. Six days later her naked body was discovered, crudely hidden beneath a palm tree. At the inquest into her death the local police accused her boyfriend, Tobias Suckfuell, of killing her, but lacked the evidence to charge him. Writer Virginia Peters was captivated by the case, and committed herself to uncovering the truth. With the agreement of the police, she analysed the evidence, uncovered new lines of investigation and travelled to Germany to interview the couple's family and friends. Ultimately, she tracked down and questioned Suckfuell himself, who remained the prime suspect. Having become intimately involved in the case, Peters came to understand that the story of Simone Strobel's murder was about much more than the crime itself or the investigation that followed. Written with great honesty and self-awareness, and with echoes of Joe Cinque's Consolation, Have You Seen Simone? explores grief and loss, truth and accountability, and asks whether justice in this case can ever be done.