Newspapers are flexing their investigative muscles in the form of true crime podcasts - see also Accused, Unsolved, Bowraville, Breakdown - and these outlets' long experience of packaging complex stories for a mass market readership tends to stand them in excellent stead. So it is that we direct you to a new series from Melbourne's distinguished daily broadsheet, The Age, which centres on the strange case of Phoebe Handsjuk, a young woman who died when she fell - or threw herself - down a garbage chute in a luxury apartment block in 2010. At least, that's the narrative on which authorities have settled; the central question of this podcast is whether Phoebe's death really was a drug-and-drink-induced accident, a suicide, or something more sinister. It is ably hosted by two Age journalists, Richard Baker and Michael Bachelard, who've been reporting on this case for a while, and they have produced this series with the support of Phoebe's family. Granted, the details are gruesome, but we need to know how this will play out. Catch up now, three bingeable episodes in.
Gateway episodes: Episode 1: Knowing Phoebe (22 Sep 2016)