Phoebe’s Fall is Melbourne daily newspaper the Age‘s answer to Serial, if you like – a six-part true crime audio series centred on the cold case of the death of Phoebe Handsjuk. In 2010, Handsjuk died in a Melbourne apartment block in gruesome fashion. At the time, and again now, there was speculation around the circumstances of her death.
The podcast (and accompanying multimedia content) revisits the story with investigative journalists Richard Baker, Michael Bachelard and Nick McKenzie, who recreate some of the alleged scenarios (in, it must be said, sometimes confronting and unpleasant detail) and advance the belief that justice has not been delivered. They delve into the life of Handsjuk through her friends and family, and comb through the evidence with the help of Handsjuk’s grandfather, a retired detective suspicious of the veracity of the initial investigation.
Being a newspaper-led podcast, this story involves a lot of reporting – spearheaded by Bachelard, the Age‘s investigations editor – with video producers Tom McKendrick and Tim Young at the helm of audio, with consulting producers Siobhan McHugh and Julie Posetti at hand.