Two dead women both had one man in common. Bad luck or something more? The deaths of Phoebe Handsjuk and Baillee Schneider

Baillee Schneider was a beautiful, vibrant 25 year old woman from Melbourne, Australia. Her social media accounts show stunning photos of Baillee and her gorgeous friends on tropical beaches in their swimwear, living their best lives.  She had a full social life and she was studying to become a clinical aesthetician.

Baillee Schneider was found dead by her parents in 2018.
Baillee


Baillee’s Facebook account
Baillee’s Instagram account

One Saturday morning in June 2018, Baillee was spending a lazy day on the couch with her phone in the home she shared with her parents, Sabine and Cameron. They told her they were popping to the shops to get some groceries. 

After her parents left, Baillee poured a glass of wine and smoked a cigarette.  She was still seemingly upset about a fight she had with her boyfriend the night before.  And what happened next was unthinkable.

When her parents returned home, they walked into the kitchen and found Baillee slumped against the skirting boards on a cupboard in the corner.  She had a gold cord tied around her neck. She was dead. 

No public ruling on her cause of death has been made.  Police are continuing to investigate unanswered questions under guidance from the Victorian Coroner. There was no obvious place in the kitchen that Baillee could have hanged herself from.  She left no suicide note and in an odd twist, she had taken out a life insurance policy on herself, three weeks before her death.

If Baillee did kill herself, what led up to her decision?  Her last months seemed quite tumultuous.  She had started working at strip clubs and her parents noticed that she seemed to be hiding more from them and became quite distant.  Nine months before her death, she started dating Antony Hampel – a 51 year old socialite. 

Deceased Melbourne model Baillee Schneider, and her then boyfriend Ant Hampel.
Baillee and Ant Hampel

If the name Ant Hampel sounds familiar to you, it may be because of his past involvement with Phoebe Handsjuk.  Phoebe’s life and sad death were the feature of the 2016 podcast series called ‘Phoebe’s Fall.’

Phoebe Handsjuk

Ant and Phoebe were partners and lived together in Ant’s luxury apartment in St Kilda Road in Melbourne.  Their relationship had many ups and downs.  Phoebe moved out and moved back in.  She allegedly started drinking and taking prescription drugs.  Ant said she had been hanging out with ‘lowlifes’ and people he did not approve of.  Their relationship was volatile, to say the least. 

The days leading up to Phoebe’s death are filled with strange occurrences and the details of what actually happened vary according to who is asked.

The night before her death, she sent a strange text to many of her family and friends – Hi family. I am in bed and about to sleep and when I WAKE I will transform into the most incredible human bein you’ve ever seen … (not). I will go to hospital. It’s safer there and I hear the special tonight is tomato soup … Delicious! Nutritious! I love you all very much but not enough to send an individual text. Sorry about that, but time is sleep and I must b on my way … … Merrily, merrily, merrily. Life is but a dream. Xo

Ant woke up the next morning and left for the gym by 8.15am.   Phoebe’s grandmother Jeanette was worried about the strange text she had received the night before and when she couldn’t get hold of her granddaughter, she contacted Ant.  He promised to swing by their apartment and check on Phoebe. It’s unclear if Ant followed through on his promise at this time. 

Phoebe Handsjuk with Antony Hampel.
Phoebe and Ant Hampel

What has been verified through the use of electronic key fobs and other data is that Ant arrived home at 6.05pm that night.  He took the lift to their 12th floor apartment and upon entering, he noticed that Phoebe’s bag and keys were on the bench but there was no sign of her.  He thought this was strange as you need your keys to both exit and enter their apartment complex.  He assumed Phoebe hadn’t gone far and would return soon, and he told her father Len that when he called to see where Phoebe was.

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The Balencea apartment complex where Ant and Phoebe lived

According to crimereads.com – Several Post-it notes containing strange scribbles were stuck to the kitchen counter. The cleaner had wiped the benches down the previous day, so the notes were new. He went into the bedroom and found what he later called a ‘shrine’ on the bed, consisting of a photo of himself and Phoebe, a photo of her cat, and a whole lot of ‘rambled notes … the notes she writes when she’s smashed and they don’t make a lot of sense’, as he later described them. There were candles burning, and Phoebe’s hair-straightening tongs were on the floor, plugged into a socket in the bathroom.

Victoria Police photographs of Ms Handsjuk and Mr Hampel's apartment on the night of her death.
A photo of the interior of Ant and Phoebe’s apartment on the night she was found dead.

Ant called a local Chinese restaurant to order takeaway food for one.  The delivery person arrived at around 8.00pm.  When he bought the food to Ant, he asked what was going on in the building – ‘The front of the building is swarming with cops. There’s police cars, ambulance—I had to prop my bike up the street. Hope your dinner isn’t cold.’ 

Ant took the lift to the lobby where he spoke to Acting Senior Sergeant Andrew Healey about what was going on.  When he was told that a woman’s body had been found in the rubbish room, Ant said “Oh no! My girlfriend is missing!  Could it be her?”

Ant was asked if Phoebe had any distinguishing features and he provided a recent photo of her.  Once he described her tattoos, the police told him that the features matched that of the deceased woman. 

For a great overview of the night Phoebe died and the unusual circumstances surrounding her death, check out ‘An Australian Death and a Suspicious Ruling of Suicide by Crime Reads

Following an autopsy and toxicology, it was established that Phoebe had slid down the rubbish shute from the 12th floor to the ground.  Upon landing, the blade from the rubbish compactor had severed her ankle and she essentially bled to death.  The Toxicology report revealed Phoebe had a blood alcohol reading of 0.16% and high levels of prescription drugs. 

The waste room where Phoebe Handsjuk's body was found.
The waste room where Phoebe’s body was found

The investigation into Phoebe’s death spanned years.  A podcast was created, books were written and the family called for a second coronial inquest into her death.  Many people believe that Phoebe was murdered and that her death should not have been ruled a suicide.  If you have a few spare days (really!), check out some of the links below and let us know your thoughts about what happened to Phoebe.

And now, 9 years later, we are back in an eerily similar position.  A beautiful young woman is now dead after a tumultuous relationship with Ant Hampel.  And an investigation into what happened to her is ongoing.  It is believed that Ant is one of the last people to have communicated with Baillee.  Does the fact that Ant is the son of retired Supreme Court judge George Hampel and the stepson of County Court judge Felicity Hampel have anything to do with what has happened, both in the past and to Baillee now?

According to The Age newspaper, after Baillee’s death, her mother Sabine contacted Mr Hampel, who she has never met, to let him know the grim news. He expressed his sympathy and added that he had been trying to help her blossom.

He was not among the 150 or more people who attended the celebration of Ms Schneider’s life at a memorial service at a Kensington hall.

There is no suggestion that Ant Hampel had anything to do with the death of Baillee Schneider.

In June 2020, the Victorian Deputy State Coroner ruled that Baillee’s death was suicide and was not suspicious.

Deputy Coroner Caitlin English said a review by experienced homicide detective Acting Senior Sergeant Paul Rowe of the circumstances of Ms Schneider’s death found that it was due to self-inflicted asphyxiation in the family home.

A toxicology report showed Baillee had three times the legal driving alcohol limit and traces of cocaine in her bloodstream at the time of her death. Her parents found a half to three-quarter finished bottle of red wine when they discovered their daughter’s body.

Source List

PhoebeHandsjuk.com

What happened to Baillee Schneider?

Review Phoebe Handsjuk inquest finding, says Nationals deputy leader

CrimeReads.com – An Australian Death and a Suspicious Ruling of Suicide

The mystery of Baillee Schneider: How young model, 25, was found dead on her parents’ floor after a row with her older boyfriend, 51 – whose ex-lover died after falling down a garbage chute

8 thoughts on “Two dead women both had one man in common. Bad luck or something more? The deaths of Phoebe Handsjuk and Baillee Schneider

  1. This is abhorrent – how can this man be walking around? I spent the afternoon gardening listening to the recent podcast series. I just feel so helpless and want to help Phoebes family find justice for her: this man is a monster and clearly guilty. I am so deeply sorry for the pain her family must be going through and now to read that another young girl has died is just sickening. What is it going to take to put this mongrel away?

    • Its sad that a coroner can be paid off to cover up a murder.. I’ve listened to the podcast a few times and it’s shady central.. my theory is when they try to leave him because he’s a narcissistic control freak he gets them knocked off ..
      because he can… sinister family and a sign of what really goes on in the justice system…. certainly NOT justice!
      Sad ☹️

    • It is evident that this monster killed both girls, and the horrible truth is that if he did it twice, he will do it again. It is just a matter of time, the first one did not faze him, nor did the second one, he is clearly a serial killer , It is my prayer that he will be caught and brought down, and all the high flaunting judges in the country will not be able to save his hide. They need to be brought down too, for protecting this scumbag.

  2. He is now in a relationship with a friend of my daughters, she doesn’t believe any of the evidence, she thinks he is innocent. Hope she stays safe.

    • After going through the homicide investigation process in 2011 after my friend was murdered, it is clearly who you know not what you know !!
      So much legal power in one family that encompasses the state what hope do they have other than everyone taking a stand to get this family the truth !!
      There is never closure you just learn to live with the truth and it’s the biggest part of the healing…
      Never CLOSURE !!
      Stupid saying

  3. When I read that he is the son of a retired supreme court judge – a lot of it started to make sense. And it stinks.

  4. Stop saying it’s Antony Hample
    Start saying what it really is… Can we come up with a label to simplify what the truth is.

    We are dealing with an abhhorant, coordinated evil group of which Antony Hample is a member. Its based in Victoria and like Ant members are respected within our community, entrenched within our judicial system through their work and or closenit associations as well as in other areas of the community.

    By seeking and circulating the truth about the realities of this group and through independent publications like this website and The Age Newspaper we will all get to share in the “blossoming” of the evil group’s demise.

    Much gratitude & many thanks to those with spine and the persistence to expose the group and the monsters within it.

    Mothers of our Angels Phoebe & Bailee… Prepare your toast speeches a celebration is on the horizon

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