The terrifying appeal from the former prison director after being charged with Outback murder of three travelers

A man accused of triple murder about forty years ago was denied bail after saying he would rather have his head shot than go to jail.

Bruce John Preston, 63, was accused in April of the murder of three 1978 friends who went on an outback motorcycle adventure and never came home.

Their bodies were found less than a month after their trip to Queensland.

The cold case was compared to a & # 39; real-life Wolf Creek & # 39 ;, the story of three road trippers being kidnapped by a psychopathic murderer.

Friends Karen Edwards, Gordon Twaddle and Timothy Thomson (from left to right) were on the adventure of their lives in the Australian outback in 1978 when their lives were shortened

Friends Karen Edwards, Gordon Twaddle and Timothy Thomson (from left to right) were on the adventure of their lives in the Australian outback in 1978 when their lives were shortened

Preston, claiming to be innocent, has unsuccessfully asked for bail in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday.

He will remain in custody until he fights charges that he killed Karen Edwards, 23, Timothy Thomson, 31, and Gordon Twaddle, 21, near a Mount Isa caravan park three days after they drove out of Alice Springs.

Preston, a retired main prisoner at the NSW prison Goulburn Supermax, claimed that he would be saved because of his good character.

He had always collaborated with researchers and it was a historical case that depended on indirect evidence.

Bruce John Preston, 63, was recently accused of the triple murder of Mount Isa in 1978

Bruce John Preston, 63, was recently accused of the triple murder of Mount Isa in 1978

Bruce John Preston, 63, was recently accused of the triple murder of Mount Isa in 1978

However, prosecutor Danny Boyle van de Kroon said that Preston was not only a flight risk, but could possibly also take his own life to prevent a prison sentence.

Boyle said that a secret 2019 recording of Preston on the phone to his wife after the police investigation resumed had raised concerns about what he could do if he were released.

& # 39; I've never been so scared & # 39 ;, Preston said on the recording, Mr. Boyle told the court.

& # 39; I'm not going to jail. I'd rather walk into the street and blow my head before I go to jail. & # 39;

But Preston's lawyer, Russell Pearce, said the crown from the recordings & # 39; mosquitosy & # 39; was and would have heard that Preston declared his innocence many times.

Tim, Gordon and Karen were last seen in this caravan park (photo) before their bodies were found with gunshot wounds 19 days later in bushland 12 km north of Mount Isa

Tim, Gordon and Karen were last seen in this caravan park (photo) before their bodies were found with gunshot wounds 19 days later in bushland 12 km north of Mount Isa

Tim, Gordon and Karen were last seen in this caravan park (photo) before their bodies were found with gunshot wounds 19 days later in bushland 12 km north of Mount Isa

Tim 31, and Gordon, 21 were family friends from New Zealand with a passion for motorcycles.

Karen, 23, was Tim's girlfriend and the trio were on an adventure during a lifelong trek through the outback.

The trio was planning to drive from the Northern Territory to Cairns before driving along the east coast of Australia to Melbourne to spend Christmas with family members.

They were last seen on October 5 in the Moondarra Caravan Park, jumping in a two-color Toyota Landcruiser, similar to the own Preston & # 39; s father who was in possession at the time.

Bruce Preston has always been a person of interest charged with stealing Tim's motorcycle (photo) in 1978 for which he was convicted and fined $ 300

Bruce Preston has always been a person of interest charged with stealing Tim's motorcycle (photo) in 1978 for which he was convicted and fined $ 300

Bruce Preston has always been a person of interest charged with stealing Tim's motorcycle (photo) in 1978 for which he was convicted and fined $ 300

Their bodies were found 19 days later in bushland at Spear Creek, 12 km north of the outback mining town.

All three died of gunshot wounds.

The court heard that Preston, a former corporal in the Australian army, also made a motorcycle trip through Australia at that time.

A man who matched his description would have disappeared the night before with the victims.

Bruce John Preston (photo), a retired senior NSW officer in the Gobbburn Supermax prison

Bruce John Preston (photo), a retired senior NSW officer in the Gobbburn Supermax prison

Bruce John Preston (photo), a retired senior NSW officer in the Gobbburn Supermax prison

The trio traveled with Tim & # 39; s dog Tristie (photo). They lost Tristie and found him dumped on a mountain Isa 18 days before their bodies were discovered

The trio traveled with Tim & # 39; s dog Tristie (photo). They lost Tristie and found him dumped on a mountain Isa 18 days before their bodies were discovered

The trio traveled with Tim & # 39; s dog Tristie (photo). They lost Tristie and found him dumped on a mountain Isa 18 days before their bodies were discovered

Preston was later found in possession of Mr Edwards' almost new red and gold BMW motorcycle, which had a sidecar with a map of Australia on it.

He told the investigators that he had found the bike and was accused of theft.

The court heard that Preston had told detectives in 1978 that he was not in Mt Isa on the day the trio was killed.

But in an interview prior to his April arrest, he contradicted this and said he was in Mt Isa when the trio disappeared.

Judge Elizabeth Wilson refused Preston's bail request.

Bruce John Preston (pictured) with a Joker filter on a Facebook profile photo) remains behind bars

Bruce John Preston (pictured) with a Joker filter on a Facebook profile photo) remains behind bars

Bruce John Preston (pictured) with a Joker filter on a Facebook profile photo) remains behind bars

TIME LINE OF EVENTS

Monday, October 2, 1978: The trio started a motorcycle trek from Alice Springs.

Tim and Karen were traveling in a red BMW 100S from 1977 with a home-made side car with Tim's nine-month-old Doberman, & # 39; Tristie & # 39 ;.

Gordon drove a blue Suzuki GS750 from 1977 with Victorian license plates.

The group traveled to Aileron and camped overnight at Ti Tree in the NT.

Tuesday, October 3, 1978: The group stopped at Wauchope, the & # 39; Devils Marbles & # 39; and & # 39; The Three Ways & # 39 ;.

They met a male motorcycle enthusiast on Frewena before they camped with him at Barry Caves.

Wednesday, October 4, 1978: The group continued to travel to Mount Isa with the man.

Only Karen, Tim and Gordon checked the Moondarra Caravan Park in the afternoon.

On Wednesday evening the trio was accompanied by a man in a brown and white Toyota Landcruiser.

Thursday, October 5, 1978: The trio was seen leaving the caravan park with the man in the Toyota Landcruiser, leaving the motorcycles and the dog behind.

Later on Thursday, the same vehicle returned to the park with a lonely man looking for the dog.

Friday, October 6, 1978: All properties, except the sidecar, have been removed from the campsite.

The dog was on Mount Isa Dump.

October 24-25, 1978: The bodies of Karen, Tim and Gordon were discovered in bushland near Spear Creek.

November 13, 1978: A 23-year-old man was arrested after he was in possession of Tim's red BMW motorcycle.

April 12, 2019: A 63-year-old man, reportedly former prison officer Bruce John Preston from Goulburn, is charged with three counts of murder

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