The Trail Went Cold – Episode 192 – Rodney Marks

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May 12, 2000. The South Pole, Antarctica. While working at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, 32-year old Australian astrophysicist Rodney Marks becomes seriously ill before he dies. Rodney’s death is initially assumed to be natural causes, but when his body is transported to New Zealand months later, an autopsy reveals that he died from acute methanol poisoning. The New Zealand Police attempt to launch an investigation, but run into jurisdictional issues and since Rodney’s American-based employers prove to be uncooperative, a coronial inquest fails to reach a conclusion about how Rodney died. Was Rodney Marks’ methanol poisoning a tragic accident or was he the victim of foul play? We shall explore all the different possibilities on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, which covers our very first mystery from Antarctica.

Additional Reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_Marks

https://www.mensjournal.com/features/a-mysterious-death-at-the-south-pole-20131125/

http://www.igpp.ucla.edu/public/mkivelso/refs/PUBLICATIONS/polar%20death.pdf

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jan/14/antarctica.robinmckie

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10415310

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10534046

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10534295

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10561809

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10561811

https://www.nytimes.com/2000/05/17/us/scientist-dies-at-south-pole-research-site.html?module=inline

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

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