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Phoebe's Fall

English, Political, 1 season, 16 episodes, 3 hours, 45 minutes
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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Coming soon: Naked City season 6

Join John Silvester, Australia’s longest-serving crime reporter, as he talks to the cops and the crims in the sixth season of crime podcast Naked City. The new season will premiere on Wednesday, June 14, and new episodes will drop each Wednesday. Subscribe now and get all the episodes straight to your device.  For the latest news and views from John Silvester (aka Sly of the Underworld), subscribe to The Age or the Sydney Morning Herald for privacy information.
6/14/20231 minute, 41 seconds
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Out now: The Confession

Premiering on November 4, the astonishing true story of how Melbourne homicide detectives broke all the rules in their quest to have Katia Pyliotis convicted for brutally murdering a dirty old man with a statue of the Virgin Mary. The Confession is a podcast where the justice system itself is on trial. At the centre of it all, is Katia Pyliotis, accused of bludgeoning a man to death. Four years of Katia’s life is spent behind bars, until the truth emerges because of a stroke of luck. When an item thought long lost is suddenly found and the spotlight is shifted from Katia to her accusers, the police. Richard Baker tells the story of a murder, a botched trial and the system that allowed it to happen.See for privacy information.
11/3/20222 minutes, 45 seconds
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Introducing our new podcast - Wrong Skin

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.See for privacy information.
7/3/20181 minute, 47 seconds
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Phoebe's Fall - New Laws

Victorian Government announces reforms to Coroner's Act and Phobe's grandfather Lorne responds.  See for privacy information.
6/22/20186 minutes, 55 seconds
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Phoebe's Fall - A Fresh Look

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.See for privacy information.
12/15/20169 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 6: Inquest & Aftermath

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.See for privacy information.
10/27/201643 minutes, 32 seconds
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Mini-episode: The mystery phone number and the litany of unanswered questions

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?See for privacy information.
10/25/20164 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 5: Saying Goodbye

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.See for privacy information.
10/20/201631 minutes, 18 seconds
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No time of death for Phoebe

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.See for privacy information.
10/19/20164 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 4: Policework

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.See for privacy information.
10/13/201634 minutes, 9 seconds
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Podcast prompts political action

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.See for privacy information.
10/11/20163 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 3: A Secret Tape

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.See for privacy information.
10/6/201629 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 2: The Chute

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.See for privacy information.
9/28/201626 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 1: Knowing Phoebe

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.See for privacy information.
9/22/201624 minutes, 10 seconds
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Live Friday, 23 September - The short life and brutal death of Phoebe Handsjuk

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.See for privacy information.
9/21/20161 minute, 44 seconds
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Coming soon - Phoebe's Fall - a podcast from The Age

A new podcast series from The Age, Melbourne, Australia.See for privacy information.
9/16/201639 seconds