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A major investigation by The Age newsroom in Melbourne, Australia, into the death of Phoebe Handsjuk, who was found at the bottom of a garbage chute in a luxury apartment building.

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A major investigation by The Age newsroom in Melbourne, Australia, into the death of Phoebe Handsjuk, who was found at the bottom of a garbage chute in a luxury apartment building.

iTunes Ratings

217 Ratings
Average Ratings
160
33
10
11
3

Moving

By PC Junkie - Jun 11 2018
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I actually felt Phoebe’s spirit at the burial and among the butterflies...

Really Good

By SailorFamiLee - Jun 04 2018
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I have returned to this story several times.

iTunes Ratings

217 Ratings
Average Ratings
160
33
10
11
3

Moving

By PC Junkie - Jun 11 2018
Read more
I actually felt Phoebe’s spirit at the burial and among the butterflies...

Really Good

By SailorFamiLee - Jun 04 2018
Read more
I have returned to this story several times.
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Phoebe's Fall

Latest release on Sep 30, 2019

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A major investigation by The Age newsroom in Melbourne, Australia, into the death of Phoebe Handsjuk, who was found at the bottom of a garbage chute in a luxury apartment building.

Rank #1: Episode 1: Knowing Phoebe

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Starts with the mysterious and gruesome death of 24yo Phoebe Handsjuk and the open possibilities that it was either murder, suicide or a tragic accident. Then it steps back to hear from Phoebe herself and then her friends and family describe her many traits; her beauty, her art, her physical strength, her appetite for drugs and booze, her obsessions with forbidden men.

Sep 22 2016

24mins

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Rank #2: Episode 2: The Chute

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We walk through the final hours of Phoebe Handsjuk's life, challenge the plausibility of the coroner's findings, and examine the gruesome mechanics of her death in a chilling re-enactment. We also hear from a leading forensic pathologist whom we commissioned to review the evidence.

Sep 28 2016

26mins

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Rank #3: Episode 3: A Secret Tape

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Examines the state of Phoebe's mind and the relationship that dominated her life at the time of her death. We find evidence that she was planning to leave her partner, Ant Hampel. And we play audio of a secret recording made by Phoebe's mother of Ant's reaction to her death.

Oct 06 2016

29mins

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Rank #4: Episode 4: Policework

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We explore Phoebe's tumultuous last week and examine what she and her partner, Ant Hampel, did on her final day. Then we put the blowtorch to failings and omissions in the police investigation following her death, and the early conclusion that it was a suicide.

Oct 13 2016

34mins

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Rank #5: Episode 5: Saying Goodbye

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Phoebe is remembered by her friends and family. We chronicle the competing memorials and funerals. And we journey to the shores of her Viking farewell.

Oct 20 2016

31mins

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Rank #6: Episode 6: Inquest & Aftermath

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We dissect the coroner's finding in Phoebe's case, raising serious questions about his conclusion and the methods he used to reach it. We examine the consequences of challenging a poor finding. And we reveal the Facebook post that prompted this podcast.

Oct 27 2016

43mins

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Rank #7: Podcast prompts political action

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Our investigative journalists Richard Baker and Michael Bachelard report back on the tip-offs we've received and the political developments triggered by Phoebe's Fall since we launched.

Oct 11 2016

3mins

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Rank #8: No time of death for Phoebe

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We explore the difficulties of establishing Phoebe's time of death, and a debate between police and doctors over the value of trying to estimate when somebody has died.

Oct 19 2016

4mins

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Rank #9: Mini-episode: The mystery phone number and the litany of unanswered questions

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Seven months after Phoebe Handsjuk died, forensic scientists found a piece of paper in the pocket of the jeans she was wearing when she died. Whose number was it? And what did it mean?

Oct 25 2016

4mins

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Rank #10: Coming soon - The Last Voyage of the Pong Su

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When a dead body and bags of heroin washed up on the southern coast of Australia, a dark tale began to unfold...

Richard Baker tells the story of The Last Voyage of the Pong Su in a new podcast from The Age & Sydney Morning Herald.

Subscribe now - iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RSS - and look out for episode 1 on October 8, 2019.

Sep 30 2019

2mins

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Coming soon - The Last Voyage of the Pong Su

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When a dead body and bags of heroin washed up on the southern coast of Australia, a dark tale began to unfold...

Richard Baker tells the story of The Last Voyage of the Pong Su in a new podcast from The Age & Sydney Morning Herald.

Subscribe now - iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RSS - and look out for episode 1 on October 8, 2019.

Sep 30 2019

2mins

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Introducing...Please Explain

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A new podcast from The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, cutting through the noise to give you insight into the stories that drive the nation. Search 'Please Explain' on iTunes now to subscribe.

Sep 20 2018

3mins

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Introducing our new podcast - Wrong Skin

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Wrong Skin: a relationship banned under traditional law. A new podcast from Richard Baker at The Age, Melbourne, investigating an unsolved, suspicious death and a missing person in the Australian outback. Click the link or search 'Wrong Skin' to subscribe.

Jul 03 2018

1min

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Phoebe's Fall - New Laws

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Victorian Government announces reforms to Coroner's Act and Phobe's grandfather Lorne responds.

Jun 22 2018

6mins

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Phoebe's Fall - A Fresh Look

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The Victorian Government has announced a review of the Coroner's Act amid widespread public concern about the inquest into Phoebe Handsjuk's garbage chute death.

Dec 15 2016

9mins

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Episode 6: Inquest & Aftermath

Podcast cover
Read more

We dissect the coroner's finding in Phoebe's case, raising serious questions about his conclusion and the methods he used to reach it. We examine the consequences of challenging a poor finding. And we reveal the Facebook post that prompted this podcast.

Oct 27 2016

43mins

Play

Mini-episode: The mystery phone number and the litany of unanswered questions

Podcast cover
Read more

Seven months after Phoebe Handsjuk died, forensic scientists found a piece of paper in the pocket of the jeans she was wearing when she died. Whose number was it? And what did it mean?

Oct 25 2016

4mins

Play

Episode 5: Saying Goodbye

Podcast cover
Read more

Phoebe is remembered by her friends and family. We chronicle the competing memorials and funerals. And we journey to the shores of her Viking farewell.

Oct 20 2016

31mins

Play

No time of death for Phoebe

Podcast cover
Read more

We explore the difficulties of establishing Phoebe's time of death, and a debate between police and doctors over the value of trying to estimate when somebody has died.

Oct 19 2016

4mins

Play

Episode 4: Policework

Podcast cover
Read more

We explore Phoebe's tumultuous last week and examine what she and her partner, Ant Hampel, did on her final day. Then we put the blowtorch to failings and omissions in the police investigation following her death, and the early conclusion that it was a suicide.

Oct 13 2016

34mins

Play

Podcast prompts political action

Podcast cover
Read more

Our investigative journalists Richard Baker and Michael Bachelard report back on the tip-offs we've received and the political developments triggered by Phoebe's Fall since we launched.

Oct 11 2016

3mins

Play

Episode 3: A Secret Tape

Podcast cover
Read more

Examines the state of Phoebe's mind and the relationship that dominated her life at the time of her death. We find evidence that she was planning to leave her partner, Ant Hampel. And we play audio of a secret recording made by Phoebe's mother of Ant's reaction to her death.

Oct 06 2016

29mins

Play

Episode 2: The Chute

Podcast cover
Read more

We walk through the final hours of Phoebe Handsjuk's life, challenge the plausibility of the coroner's findings, and examine the gruesome mechanics of her death in a chilling re-enactment. We also hear from a leading forensic pathologist whom we commissioned to review the evidence.

Sep 28 2016

26mins

Play

Episode 1: Knowing Phoebe

Podcast cover
Read more

Starts with the mysterious and gruesome death of 24yo Phoebe Handsjuk and the open possibilities that it was either murder, suicide or a tragic accident. Then it steps back to hear from Phoebe herself and then her friends and family describe her many traits; her beauty, her art, her physical strength, her appetite for drugs and booze, her obsessions with forbidden men.

Sep 22 2016

24mins

Play

Live Friday, 23 September - The short life and brutal death of Phoebe Handsjuk

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A major investigation by The Age newsroom in Melbourne, Australia, into the death of Phoebe Handsjuk, who was found at the bottom of a garbage chute in a luxury apartment building.

Sep 21 2016

1min

Play

Coming soon - Phoebe's Fall - a podcast from The Age

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A new podcast series from The Age, Melbourne, Australia.

Sep 16 2016

Play

iTunes Ratings

217 Ratings
Average Ratings
160
33
10
11
3

Moving

By PC Junkie - Jun 11 2018
Read more
I actually felt Phoebe’s spirit at the burial and among the butterflies...

Really Good

By SailorFamiLee - Jun 04 2018
Read more
I have returned to this story several times.