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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 • 27 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 14 (K)nox: The Rob Knox Story Part 2

    Ep 14 (K)nox: The Rob Knox Story Part 2

    On the 24th May 2008, 18 year old Rob Knox was out celebrating. He had not long finished filming for ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ where he played the role of ‘Marcus Belby’. Landing that role was a huge break for Rob who was clearly destined for great things including appearing in the future Harry Potter film ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’. Unfortunately, the defendant was also out that night. After Jamie, Rob’s brother, was threatened with a knife by the defendant, Rob stepped in as the protective older brother. As he and his friends attempted to disarm the defendant, Rob was stabbed 5 times. You see, unbeknownst to the group, the defendant had in fact been carrying two kitchen knives. 5 of Rob’s friends also suffered serious injuries resulting from the confrontation. Despite the best efforts of paramedics and hospital staff, Rob ultimately lost his life that night.

    A huge thank you to Aaron Truss, Colin Knox, DCI Damian Allain and Joe Acres for helping me tell Rob's story.

    Please make sure you listen to the rest of Rob's story by subscribing to True Crime Fix and Lady Justice Podcast!

    Trailer for (K)nox: The Rob Knox Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h3dZW02bcw
    The Rob Knox Foundation: https://www.robknox.org/

    Website: https://thestudentsverdict.wixsite.com/mysite
    Email: thestudentverdict@gmail.com
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    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thestudentverdict

    Resources:

    The Law Pages
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7912105.stm
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2009/mar/05/harry-potter-rob-knox-murder-knife-crime
    https://www.bromleytimes.co.uk/news/the-violent-past-of-harry-potter-actor-murder-suspect-1-580953
    https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/4115713.sidcup-first-stab-victim-speaks-in-rob-knox-trial/
    https://www.times-series.co.uk/news/5041897.colindale-man-admits-handling-stolen-pictures-of-murdered-harry-potter-actor-rob-knox/
    https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/14587608.revealed-man-who-burgled-rita-oras-house-attempted-to-sell-photos-of-sidcup-harry-potter-actor-rob-knoxs-dead-body/
    https://www.bexleytimes.co.uk/news/low-life-jailed-for-harry-potter-actor-autopsy-scam-1-611712
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2009/feb/23/knox-bishop-potter-knife
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    • 1 hr 40 min
    Ep 14 (K)nox: The Rob Knox Story Part 1

    Ep 14 (K)nox: The Rob Knox Story Part 1

    On the 24th May 2008, 18 year old Rob Knox was out celebrating. He had not long finished filming for ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ where he played the role of ‘Marcus Belby’. Landing that role was a huge break for Rob who was clearly destined for great things including appearing in the future Harry Potter film ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’. Unfortunately, the defendant was also out that night. After Jamie, Rob’s brother, was threatened with a knife by the defendant, Rob stepped in as the protective older brother. As he and his friends attempted to disarm the defendant, Rob was stabbed 5 times. You see, unbeknownst to the group, the defendant had in fact been carrying two kitchen knives. 5 of Rob’s friends also suffered serious injuries resulting from the confrontation. Despite the best efforts of paramedics and hospital staff, Rob ultimately lost his life that night.

    A huge thank you to Aaron Truss, Colin Knox, DCI Damian Allain and Joe Acres for helping me tell Rob's story.

    Please make sure you listen to the rest of Rob's story by subscribing to True Crime Fix and Lady Justice Podcast!

    Trailer for (K)nox: The Rob Knox Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h3dZW02bcw
    The Rob Knox Foundation: https://www.robknox.org/

    Website: https://thestudentsverdict.wixsite.com/mysite
    Email: thestudentverdict@gmail.com
    All Links: https://linktr.ee/thestudentverdict
    Merchandise: https://www.bonfire.com/the-students-verdicts-first-collection/
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thestudentverdict

    Resources:

    The Law Pages
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7912105.stm
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2009/mar/05/harry-potter-rob-knox-murder-knife-crime
    https://www.bromleytimes.co.uk/news/the-violent-past-of-harry-potter-actor-murder-suspect-1-580953
    https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/4115713.sidcup-first-stab-victim-speaks-in-rob-knox-trial/
    https://www.times-series.co.uk/news/5041897.colindale-man-admits-handling-stolen-pictures-of-murdered-harry-potter-actor-rob-knox/
    https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/14587608.revealed-man-who-burgled-rita-oras-house-attempted-to-sell-photos-of-sidcup-harry-potter-actor-rob-knoxs-dead-body/
    https://www.bexleytimes.co.uk/news/low-life-jailed-for-harry-potter-actor-autopsy-scam-1-611712
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2009/feb/23/knox-bishop-potter-knife
    a...

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep 13 The Swansea Sex Shop Slaying: The Murder of Sandra Phillips

    Ep 13 The Swansea Sex Shop Slaying: The Murder of Sandra Phillips

    Mum of 4, Sandra Phillips, took a job as a sex shop manager to support her family. On the 14th June 1985, the area manager attended the shop at 2pm and was surprised to find it closed. When he opened the door of the shop, his surprise turned to horror as the body of Sandra Phillips laid there surrounded by magazines and videos. She had been sexually assaulted and then strangled. Two brothers would be arrested and one would confess but not everything is as it seems.

    Website: https://thestudentsverdict.wixsite.com/mysite
    Email: thestudentverdict@gmail.com
    All Links: https://linktr.ee/thestudentverdict
    Merchandise: https://www.bonfire.com/the-students-verdicts-first-collection/
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thestudentverdict
    Music is Drumming in the Rain Instrumental by Chad Crouch

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    Trailer for (K)nox: The Rob Knox Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h3dZW02bcw

    Resources:

    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/swansea-sex-shop-murder-sandra-16210390
    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/family-backs-sex-murder-review-2460001
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/brothers-freed-over-false-evidence-darvell-brothers-1533276.html
    http://forejustice.org/db/Darvell--Wayne-.html
    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2009/apr/29/convictions-justice-prison-sex-shop-murder
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/4368123.stm
    http://kochhars.com/2/hi/uk_news/wales/2380767.stm
    ‘POLICE TRIO FACE TRIAL’ 10th March 1993, Evening Express (British Newspaper Archives)
    ‘A CASE OF INJUSTICE’ 27 January 1989, Evening Express, Mr Guyan, Aberdeen (British Newspaper Archive)
    ‘BROTHERS FREED IN SEX SHOP MURDER CASE’ 15 July 1992, Irish Independent )British Newspaper Archive)
    ‘GRISLY SEX SHOP KILLING VERDICT TO BE REVIEWED’ 1st November 1989, Liverpool Echo (British Newspaper Archive)
    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/sex-shop-brutal-swansea-murder-17366709
    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/06/psychologist-explains-why-people-confess-crimes-they-didn-t-commit

    • 27 min
    Ep 12 Missing: Kelly Bergh Dove

    Ep 12 Missing: Kelly Bergh Dove

    Kelly was working the night shift alone at the Imperial Gas Station on South Main Street, Route 11, in Harrisonburg. On the 18th June 1982, it wasn't a normal shift for Kelly as she made 3 increasingly urgent phone calls to police during her shift. She phoned them to complain of a man who was harassing her. The third phone call she made ended abruptly and when police attended the gas station they couldn’t find Kelly. That was 38 years ago and her family still has no answers. During this episode I will be speaking with Elaine, Kelly’s younger sister. A huge thank you to Elaine Bergh for speaking with me in today's episode.

    If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Kelly Bergh Dove, please contact Detective Wetherall at the Harrisonburg Police Department on +1 540 435 1017


    Please check out The Aware Foundation Facebook Page, they do truly great work and have been a huge support to Elaine and her family: https://www.facebook.com/theawarefoundation/

    Website: https://thestudentsverdict.wixsite.com/mysite
    Email: thestudentverdict@gmail.com
    All Links: https://linktr.ee/thestudentverdict
    Music is Drumming in the Rain Instrumental by Chad Crouch

    Resources:

    http://charleyproject.org/case/kelly-bergh-dove
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrisonburg,_Virginia
    https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/cold-case-spotlight/missing-persons-case-virginia-mother-kelly-bergh-dove-remains-unsolved-n884026

    • 40 min
    Ep 11 Missing and Murdered: Tina Fontaine

    Ep 11 Missing and Murdered: Tina Fontaine

    At 1:30pm on the 17th August 2014, a body was found in the Red River in Canada. The body was wrapped in plastic and a duvet and it was weighed down with rocks. The body would be identified as that of 15 year old Tina Fontaine. A 56 year old man would stand trial for her death but with no DNA evidence, no cause of death and no witnesses, the Crown had a struggle on their hands. Join me as we delve into the case and discuss the shocking statistics around missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada.

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    Website: https://thestudentsverdict.wixsite.com/mysite
    Email: thestudentverdict@gmail.com
    All Links: https://linktr.ee/thestudentverdict
    Music is Drumming in the Rain Instrumental by Chad Crouch

    Resources:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Tina_Fontaine
    https://www.cbc.ca/missingandmurdered/mmiw/profiles/tina-michelle-fontaine
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/tina-fontaine-1-year-since-her-death-has-anything-changed-1.3192415
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/raymond-cormier-tina-fontaine-no-appeal-1.4574899
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/raymond-cormier-case-tina-fontaine-1.4540049
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/tina-fontaine-ndinawe-raymond-cormier-trial-1.4521381
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/cormier-fontaine-homicide-trial-1.4516097
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/raymond-cormier-trial-verdict-tina-fontaine-1.4542319
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/streets-still-not-safe-for-winnipeg-teens-tina-fontaine-s-cousins-reflect-on-her-death-1.3193270
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/tina-fontaine-death-five-years-anniversary-1.5249346
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/raymond-cormier-denies-killing-tina-fontaine-admits-to-giving-her-drugs-1.5055739
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_and_murdered_Indigenous_women

    • 57 min
    Ep 10 Angel Bumpass and the Roll of Duct Tape

    Ep 10 Angel Bumpass and the Roll of Duct Tape

    Guest starring my mum, Emma, we discuss the case of Angel Bumpass and the Role of Duct Tape. Angel Bumpass was 25 years old when she was accused of the 2009 killing of a 68 year old man, Franklin Bonner. Bonner’s body had been discovered by his wife, Linda, when she returned home from work. Her husband’s arms and legs were bound to a chair and his face was covered with duct tape which caused him to suffocate. Two fingerprints would be identified in this case which would lead cold case detectives to Angel, who would've been 13 years old when the crime occurred. Listen to how one role of duct tape affected so many lives. Website: https://thestudentsverdict.wixsite.com/mysiteEmail: thestudentverdict@gmail.comAll Links: https://linktr.ee/thestudentverdictMusic is Drumming in the Rain Instrumental by Chad CrouchAdRiddle Me That Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/riddle-me-that-true-crime/id1522402746Resources'Accused: Guilty or Innocent' - Sky Crimehttps://www.distractify.com/p/what-happened-to-angel-bumpasshttps://heavy.com/entertainment/2020/05/angel-bumpass-today-prison-sentence/https://justiceforangelbumpass.org/https://www.thecinemaholic.com/angel-bumpass-guilty-or-innocent/https://www.thecinemaholic.com/franklin-bonner-murder-case-everything-we-know/https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2019/oct/03/womwho-w13-time-found-guilty-2009-murder-whil/505070/

    • 1 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

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27 Ratings

27 Ratings

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Engaging and well researched!

So far, I’ve only listened to one episode — the Tina Fontaine episode — but I’m already hooked. Emily does a fantastic job delivering the facts of the case, as well as offering her own insight. Definitely subscribed to this one!

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