Into the Darkness

Into the Darkness On 2 December 2010, The Body Of A 24 Year Old Woman Was Found At The Bottom Of The Rubbish Chute In The Luxury Balencea Tower Apartments In St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Twelve Floors Below The Apartment She Had Shared With Her Boyfriend, Antony Hampel.Within Minutes, The Sound Of Sirens Filled The Hall As Police Cars From The Nearby Police Station Filled The Front Forecourt In Response To The Day Manager S Call So Began The So Called Investigation Into The Sudden Death Of A Young Woman Called Phoebe Handsjuk.From Then, The Case Became Weirder And Weirder Phoebe, It Turned Out, Was A Beautiful But Damaged Young Woman Who D Been In A Fraught Relationship With A Well Connected And Wealthy Lover Almost Twice Her Age, Who Was Related To The Elite Of Melbourne S Judiciary The Police Botched Their Investigation, So Phoebe S Grandfather, A Former Detective, Decided To Run One Of His Own And In December 2014, After A 14 Day Inquest, The Coroner Delivered A Finding That Excluded Both Suicide And Foul Play, A Ruling That Shocked Her Family And Many Others Who Had Been Following The Case.How Did Phoebe Handsjuk Fall To Her Death In Into The Darkness , Robin Bowles Uses Her Formidable Array Of Investigative And Forensic Skills To Tell A Tale That Is Stranger Than Fiction. My View Unfortunately this read really wasn t for me Whilst I was intrigued by the mystery, the innuendo and saddened by the premature death of this young woman I was not drawn to the writing style I did not enjoy the authors intrusion into the narrative with her own observations or sarca
I won a copy of true crime writer Robin Bowles latest book, Into the Darkness the mysterious death of Phoebe Handsjuk via a Goodreads giveaway This is a book that contains a crime mystery that has fascinated me since word first got out through Australia s media coverage of the case, some six years ago now More recently, my interest in the case was piqued when I watched a Sixty Minutes television report on Phoebe Handsjuk s case.For those who are not aware of this peculiar crime mystery, it centres on the death of a twenty four year old woman named Phoebe Handsjuk Phoebe was a talented young woman with her whole life ahead of her Phoebe s life was sadly cut short, when she was found in the rubbish chute in luxury apartment block she resided in with her boyfriend in Melbourne After a short but bungled police investigation, Phoebe s death is ruled as suicide The Handsjuk family fight this ruling, believing there was much to Phoebe s death that the police miscounted Robin Bowles opens up the resulting investigation Bowles delivers an impartial account of the inquest and she also tra
True Crime Commemoration 17Setting 2010 Australia I decided to read this book after listening to a podcast about the case It was an interesting but frustrating read, so many unanswered questions My heart goes out to this family, as Phoebe s death will probably never be resolved to their satisfaction A fascinating and tragic story, but I found the writing laboured, especially the author s asides about herself. Into the Darkness by Robin Bowles is a true crime book looking at The Mysterious Death of Phoebe Handsjuk.In December 2010 Phoebe bled to death in the garbage room of the Balencea apartment building on St Kilda Road in Melbourne, after falling 12 floors down the rubbish chute The autopsy and police investigation concluded Phoebe committed suicide however her family refused to believe the findings.Melbourne based author Robin Bowles attended the Inquest into Phoebe s death and brings the case to light in this book Into the Darkness.Having lived in an apartment building for 10 years, the case details surrounding the building security at Balencea, access fobs, CCTV, rubbish disposal, visitor access, concierge and Owners Corporation were fascinating to me I currently live on the 18th floor of an apartment building and have a similar rubbish chute to the one at Balencea I just can t believe anyone would willingly climb into a rubbish chute In fact, just the thought of climbing into its claustrophobic, dirty darkness is hard to fathom The only conclusion I can reach is that someone else put her into the chute to dispose of her.There is much speculation about Phoebe s boyfriend Ant Hampel and his behaviour after Phoebe s death was nothing short of bizarre.The only reason I cannot give Into the Darkness five stars in this review other than the insensitivity of rating true crime in the first place is that the author
Robin Bowles feels like a grandmother that has stumbled upon a courtroom and decided to sit in to see what s happening A writer who has spent time following Australian murders and unsolved mysteries, this time she s focused her attention on the story of Phoebe Handsjuk, a young Melbourne woman who was found at the bottom of a garbage chute in her well to do apartment complex Robin s narration stems mainly from the coronial inquest into Pheobe s death By any means its a death that deserved a top notch police investigation at the very least, and it s through Robin s in depth look into the inquest that it appears that there are holes in a lot of the investigation, which have led to questions surrounding the final verdict of Phoebe s death The coronial inquest can be a bit dry at times think of watching a court procedural but without
I don t tend to get emotionally invested in true crime novels but reading about Phoebe Handsjuk s death left me in various stages of anguish A tumultuous relationship with an older partner Ongoing issues with depression A mysterious death with questions than answers And an overwhelmingly eerie sense that this could so easily have been a friend A relative A girl I knew How would I cope My interest in Phoebe s story was piqued by the recent The Age podcast, Phoebe s Fall It seemed incredulous that someone would choose to end their life by voluntarily climbing into a garbage chute, feet first, with a blood alcohol level of 0.15, without leaving fingerprints on the stainless steel entry hatch There were so many glaring police investigative errors, so many unfortunate coincidences of missing items of pot
A mystery indeed So many mistakes made by the investigation and the legal system So many unanswered questions because the police believed it to be suicide rather than a murder investigation I see both sides of the argument th
I discovered this after listening to the podcast Phoebe s Fall and learning about her horrific, lonely story I was hooked and stayed up all night reading this It s distressing and haunting but contains a lot of important and interesting info on the case The suicide ruling seems like a sc

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  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Into the Darkness
  • Robin Bowles
  • English
  • 22 November 2018
  • 9781925321531