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The host, Emily, currently works in criminal defence in the UK and, as a true crime fanatic, started The Student's Verdict blog which focused on cults, horrifying criminal cases and miscarriages of justice. Now she is stepping into the world of podcasting with The Student's Verdict podcast which will focus on historic criminal cases from the archives, missing persons cases and unusual deaths.

The Student's Verdict Emily Hodge

    • True Crime
    • 4.9 • 31 Ratings

The host, Emily, currently works in criminal defence in the UK and, as a true crime fanatic, started The Student's Verdict blog which focused on cults, horrifying criminal cases and miscarriages of justice. Now she is stepping into the world of podcasting with The Student's Verdict podcast which will focus on historic criminal cases from the archives, missing persons cases and unusual deaths.

    Ep 22 The Perfect Crime

    Ep 22 The Perfect Crime

    On 4th March 1989, Shirley Gibbs Russell went missing from her officers’ quarters in Quantico, Virginia. She was a Captain in the US Marine Corps. She has never been seen since. A 26 step plan to commit the perfect murder would point officers in the direction of Shirley’s killer. This would be the first case in US history where a person was convicted in a federal court of first-degree murder without a body, a crime scene or a weapon.

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    Resources:
    http://www.missingveterans.com/1989/shirley-gibbs-russell/#:~:text=Shirley%20Gibbs%20Russell%2C%20a%20Captain,Base%20on%20March%204%2C%201989.&text=Foul%20play%20is%20suspected%20in,murder%20of%20Shirley%20Russell%20Gibbs.
    https://charleyproject.org/case/shirley-gibbs-russell
    https://www.pennlive.com/midstate/2013/10/schuylkill_county_native_conti.html
    https://apnews.com/article/742c3dee2d2f6704c0df16b6fdf080d9
    http://paoddities.blogspot.com/2020/02/marine-corps-murder-sensational-trial.html
    https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F2/971/1098/72087/

    • 41 min
    Ep 21 The Kidnapping of Marita Veron

    Ep 21 The Kidnapping of Marita Veron

    Maria de los Angeles Veron was a 23 year old woman living in the Tucuman Province in the northwest of Argentina. On the 3rd April 2002 she left her mother’s home to attend a hospital appointment when, according to witnesses, she was kidnapped by a group of people who dragged her into a red car. Evidence would later suggest these were human traffickers whose aim was to force her into a life of prostitution. In today’s episode we will look at one mother’s crusade to save her daughter.

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    Resources:

    https://www.state.gov/reports/2020-trafficking-in-persons-report/argentina/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Marita_Ver%C3%B3n
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-latin-america-26950479
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-20705751
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-25429736
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-25150428
    https://english.elpais.com/elpais/2014/01/03/inenglish/1388761518_070066.html
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susana_Trimarco
    http://www.tipheroes.org/sara-susana-del-valle-trimarco-de-veron/
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_trafficking_in_Argentina#:~:text=Some%2064%25%20of%20court%20cases,male%2C%20and%204%25%20transgender.

    • 27 min
    Ep 20 Larissa Schuster: The Acid Lady

    Ep 20 Larissa Schuster: The Acid Lady

    Mother of two, Larissa Schuster, was going through a bitter divorce from her husband, Timothy Schuster. She’d told friends that she wanted her soon to be ex-husband dead and that she could do it and get away with it. So when Timothy went missing without a trace, Larissa quickly became the prime suspect in his disappearance. When police questioned one of Larissa’s co-worker’s the truth began to spill out and officials were shocked and horrified. The media would go on to call her The Acid Lady.

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    Resources:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larissa_Schuster
    https://murderpedia.org/female.S/s/schuster-larissa.htm
    https://caselaw.findlaw.com/ca-court-of-appeal/1557281.html

    • 45 min
    Ep 19 The Deadly Drug Trial

    Ep 19 The Deadly Drug Trial

    In February 2006, 8 men applied to take part in a three day clinical trial for a new experimental drug, called TGN1412. It was hoped that this drug would revolutionise the treatment of Leukaemia and some autoimmune diseases. The drug had passed the animal trials and so next was the first human trial. One volunteer later recalled how the doctor “activated the needle - injected me - then I began to feel cold” and this was just the start. Doctors would later describe what followed as “a mystery”. Medical staff had no way of predicting how severe the situation was going to get as these volunteers were left fighting for their lives. Episode 19 ‘The Deadly Drug Trial is out at 7pm on Monday 14th December.

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    Resources:
    https://youtu.be/a9_sX93RHOk - ‘Drug Trial Goes Terribly Wrong: Emergency At The Hospital’ - Real Stories
    https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn9226-uk-drug-trial-disaster-the-official-report/
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2894972/elephant-man-drug-trial-victims-disfigured/
    https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/the-drug-trial-bbc-examines-what-went-wrong-in-the-infamous-elephant-men-case_uk_58ac3bd1e4b07028b703c926?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAD_4FqcGgZhcCtMCzi86Ew1RpnAvHyuRi1_eCieRdIhpfLizPbhT-3nnp1NDCARMR4F9hbdJfWtR_PA8UNzi0ypyJM2cGb5-mfsLB1pwbqS-dAIpYQm3zIGJevTT2LZQWDdaOQ0eE83tEWCmtjd0B2REuwhRUQi83xfuAlfYKr2-
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35766627
    https://www.newscientist.com/term/cytokine-storm/
    https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/cytokine-storm

    • 34 min
    Ep 18 Missing: Asha Degree

    Ep 18 Missing: Asha Degree

    Asha Jaquilla Degree went missing from the home she shared with her parents and her brother when she was just 9 years old. Witnesses reported seeing the little girl walking along the highway in the rain. Without realising at the time, these witnesses were the last people to see Asha. 2020 marks 20 years since Asha’s disappearance, her family still believe that their little girl is out there, somewhere.

    If you have any information in the case of Asha Degree please contact the FBI Charlotte Field Office on 704-672-6100

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    Resources:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Asha_Degree
    https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/20th-anniversary-of-asha-degree-disappearance-021420
    https://www.dailyarmy.com/stories/the-story-behind-asha-degrees-disappearance-and-new-details-from-the-case/
    https://youtu.be/Y-9FtGTRWnk
    https://www.shelbystar.com/news/20201116/inmate-says-he-knows-what-happened-to-asha-degree?template=ampart

    • 21 min
    Ep 17 The Murder of Pensioner Edna Phillips

    Ep 17 The Murder of Pensioner Edna Phillips

    Content Warning/Trigger Warning: Graphic descriptions of violence and torture

    70 year old Edna Phillips lived a quiet and secluded life with her white terrier Chum on the Penywaun estate in South Wales. Unfortunately, this estate had become increasingly dangerous as unemployment rates rose leading to higher levels of crime. Miss Phillips herself became the target of abuse after she complained about a family on the estate. She was verbally abused, rubbish was dumped in her garden, she had stones thrown at her and faeces were smeared on her house. Despite all of this evidence to support her request to be moved off the estate, the council failed to do so. The abuse would peak on the 16th July 1992 when Miss Phillips was attacked in her own home, she was tortured and murdered in the most brutal and vicious ways.

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    Resources:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Edna_Phillips
    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/tina-molloy-aberdare-murder-inquest-16982279
    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/brutal-killing-pensioner-two-teenage-15209482
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/despair-and-death-on-an-estate-without-hope-peter-dunn-looks-at-the-background-to-the-brutal-murder-1496695.html
    ‘THE MOB IS LOOKING FOR REVENGE’ 18th March 1993, Irish Independent
    British Newspaper Archives
    ‘THE END COLUMN’ 12th March 1993, Virginia Heath, Evening Sentinel (Opinions Page)
    British Newspaper Archive
    ‘SHE WOULDN’T HAVE HURT A FLY, SAYS PAL’ 9th March 1993, The Journal
    British Newspaper Archives
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/3479709.stm

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

TrueCrimeGal31 ,

Quality Content

Emily does a fantastic job covering these cases, and you can tell she is doing her research and putting in a lot of time and effort. This is one of my favorite podcasts- and I listen to A LOT of them. Keep up the great work!

Amanda- Terrible People Doing Terrible Things

Boozed and Confused Podcast ,

Fantastic Storytelling

Not only does Emily cover great topics, she's absolutely fantastic at telling a story and including the facts. Always looking forward to the new episodes. - Boozed and Confused Carolanne

Hell Mel (Cold Truth) ,

My Verdict?

You are very talented and I love your show!

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