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In 1996, Sue Knight was found dead in her Athens, TX, home. Her will named a loose acquaintance as the executor of her estate, but after an alleged phone call from the CIA and a dire warning from the local sheriff, the executor stopped asking questions. More than 25 years later, Sue’s memory haunts the town of Athens and the people who knew her. Who was Sue, really? Why did this English expat settle in small-town Texas? And could she still be alive?


Under Cover of Knight is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Spoke Media and Castleview Productions. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts.

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In 1996, Sue Knight was found dead in her Athens, TX, home. Her will named a loose acquaintance as the executor of her estate, but after an alleged phone call from the CIA and a dire warning from the local sheriff, the executor stopped asking questions. More than 25 years later, Sue’s memory haunts the town of Athens and the people who knew her. Who was Sue, really? Why did this English expat settle in small-town Texas? And could she still be alive?Under Cover of Knight is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Spoke Media and Castleview Productions. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts.apple.co/UnderCoverVisit https://spokemedia.io/undercoverofknight/ to see more about our show
The Executor | 1

The Executor | 1

2023-06-1236:2616

After Sue Knight’s death, the executor of her estate tries to make sense of her life and is stopped cold. Welcome to the small town of Athens, Texas, where British expat Sue Knight could simultaneously make a splash and effectively disappear. Meet the Barksdales and hear the mystery that’s haunted them for more than 25 years.Under Cover of Knight is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Spoke Media and Castleview Productions. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts.apple.co/UnderCoverVisit https://spokemedia.io/undercoverofknight/ to see more about our show
A mysterious phone call leads Sue’s friend to believe she’s still alive. Weeks after Sue’s death, a phone rings in the middle of the night, and a voice on the other end claims to be Sue. Even now, 25 years later, her former co-worker can’t shake the thought she could still be alive. Under Cover of Knight is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Spoke Media and Castleview Productions. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts.apple.co/UnderCoverVisit https://spokemedia.io/undercoverofknight/ to see more about our show
Secrets and Strays | 3

Secrets and Strays | 3

2023-06-1947:475

Taking in strays, sleeping with a gun, and the real reason for the room of computers. Close friends recount their relationships with Sue, their shock at learning her death was ruled a suicide, and what exactly she was doing with those computers.Under Cover of Knight is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Spoke Media and Castleview Productions. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts.apple.co/UnderCoverVisit https://spokemedia.io/undercoverofknight/ to see more about our show
Exes reveal a different side of Sue. While they have nothing but fond things to say about her, she still seemed to keep them at arm’s length, particularly when it came to her past. They share the last poem she wrote and whispers of a daughter left in England.Under Cover of Knight is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Spoke Media and Castleview Productions. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts.apple.co/UnderCoverVisit https://spokemedia.io/undercoverofknight/ to see more about our show
Next of Kin | 5

Next of Kin | 5

2023-07-0354:026

The family Steve couldn’t find looks for answers. What made Sue leave England? And why did it seem like she was running from something? Meet Sue’s brother and estranged daughter, who have just as many questions as everyone else.Under Cover of Knight is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Spoke Media and Castleview Productions. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts.apple.co/UnderCoverVisit https://spokemedia.io/undercoverofknight/ to see more about our show
Undercover? | 6

Undercover? | 6

2023-07-1059:254

Even before the phone calls from the CIA and Scotland Yard, theories about Sue had been bubbling up in the minds of those who knew her. Could she have been a member of the IRA? Or an informant for British intelligence? WITSEC? We speak with intelligence experts and try to understand our mystery woman.Under Cover of Knight is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Spoke Media and Castleview Productions. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts.apple.co/UnderCoverVisit https://spokemedia.io/undercoverofknight/ to see more about our show
The Briefcase | 7

The Briefcase | 7

2023-07-1753:562

We examine the only tangible evidence of Sue’s life we have — her briefcase. Using her financial records, insurance papers, address books, and personal notes, we track Sue’s movements from Salisbury, England, all the way to Athens, Texas, and paint a more detailed portrait of who she was when she was alive.Under Cover of Knight is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Spoke Media and Castleview Productions. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts.apple.co/UnderCoverVisit https://spokemedia.io/undercoverofknight/ to see more about our show
The Body | 8

The Body | 8

2023-07-2458:302

What happened to Sue’s body? Given all the speculation around the body’s treatment and transport, we bring in a medical examiner and toxicologist to walk us through Sue’s autopsy report and compare it with the typical autopsy process for the deceased in Texas.Under Cover of Knight is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Spoke Media and Castleview Productions. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts.apple.co/UnderCoverVisit https://spokemedia.io/undercoverofknight/ to see more about our show
More than 25 years of space have left the people who knew Sue filling in the blanks. After coming to grips with the discrepancies between various accounts of her life, the team turns to a cognitive expert to understand how memories are made and altered over time. Then we circle back to the piece that ignited this mystery—the will. We speak to an expert in estate law to get clarity around Sue’s last wishes, and try to understand what she really wanted. Under Cover of Knight is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Spoke Media and Castleview Productions. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts.apple.co/UnderCover
Who was Sue Knight? The team recaps what’s true, what’s not, and what might exist in between, painting a picture of who Sue really was. And almost 30 years after her death, the family she left behind finds new life.Under Cover of Knight is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Spoke Media and Castleview Productions. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts.apple.co/UnderCoverVisit https://spokemedia.io/undercoverofknight/ to see more about our show.
A charming young Czech promises staggering returns. An entire country’s oil industry is up for grabs. America’s top investors want in. Sounds too good to be true? Damn right it is. This is a story of private jets, $20,000 dinners, and suitcases stuffed with cash. It’s also a tale about the collapse of communism, the free-for-all that followed, and the birth of the oligarchs. And it’s a story of plain-old human greed...of just how far the rich may go to get even richer. Viktor Kožený smooth-talked his super-wealthy Aspen neighbors and a Wall Street titan into investing huge sums of cash to snap up Azerbaijan’s state-owned oil company. Host Joe Nocera and investigative journalist Peter Elkind follow the trail, beginning in the Bahamas, where the charismatic financial genius has been lying low. The Pirate of Prague is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Blanchard House. Episodes available now, follow and listen on Apple Podcasts.apple.co/pirate
Comments (27)

toddlamp@msn.com

if she had the insurance policy for more than 2 years suicide would not preclude the insurance company from paying the proceeds. state insurance law mandates a 2 year suicide provision.

Aug 24th
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Rebecca Butcher

What a beautiful tribute to Sue. We all want to be remembered when we die, and your gentle and loving consideration regarding Sue when digging into her life fills my heart.

Aug 10th
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PJ

Also, the CIA isn't in charge of Witness Relocation.

Aug 6th
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PJ

Body decomp is affected more by the environment than time. 4 days in the Texas heat would speed it up very fast.

Aug 6th
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súhhz suzhzv

wow

Aug 4th
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Mary Zelie

total friend crush on the forensic pathologist in this episode

Aug 2nd
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Sue Renee Woods

in the 90's, Fen-phen or Fenfluramine, was a weight-loss medication taken off the market because it could cause heart damage. I feel like the doctors and scientists you spoke with who knew she was on diet medication were remiss in not mentioning this.

Jul 27th
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Alissa Maxwell

If she was "not currently depressed" it could mean that she quit taking an SSRI cold turkey (or otherwise too quickly) and it caused acute withdrawal which could easily make someone suicidal.

Jul 25th
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ID23846960

As someone who works in mental health, Sue’s “non-suicide” note is classic depression. Wanting to die but not wanting to unalive yourself is the same thing. Perhaps some of the meds numbed the pain, but that feeling of just “blah” is still deeply painful. I think it was an accident, but I also think Sue was purposely careless with how many drugs she was consuming.

Jul 24th
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michele abramson

you really should look into severe flu and depression. Another sign of accidental death could be high fever caused by the flu.

Jul 24th
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hamid.cretical thinker

very good

Jul 24th
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B.G. Butler

4 episodes at least of women chit chatting and speculating about what Might have happened to another woman. zero advancement of the story. don't waste your time.

Jul 19th
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B.G. Butler

lots of filler on this one 😅

Jul 16th
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Alissa Maxwell

the tldr version: no truth to any of it. small town gossip/lore.

Jul 12th
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so so

I've listened to the last episode & the quality was awful. couldn't understand a word, so I've dropped it. but this episode was the first one I've listened to until the end. I pay attention to every minute of it.

Jul 12th
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Mary Zelie

friend crush on that couple. can they have a reality TV show? first reality TV show I'd watch.

Jul 11th
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Shalon silvey

I do t think she was in witness protection.....I think she was an agent for the CIA. why would someone in witness protection need all that high tech stuff and have a British accent?

Jun 30th
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Lin

Ew Tony needs to stop. His memory of her seems so tainted by his ridiculous ego. She told him she wished she'd never let him go 🤮. Ew.

Jun 30th
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Brooke Venning

Tony was annoying. To say that she used people is stupid. He clearly doesn't know what networking is or how business works. 🤦‍♀️😂

Jun 30th
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michele abramson

burglar tools and kits are illegal to possess in most states, particularly if you are a felon

Jun 26th
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