It’s the chilling unsolved murder that everyone has an opinion on.
Now the merciless killing of French film-maker Sophie Toscan du Plantier in West Cork in 1996 will be examined once again in a new 13-part true crime podcast series produced by Amazon.
West Cork will be released tomorrow, February 8th via Amazon’s Audible service.
Du Plantier’s badly beaten body was found near her isolated holiday home in Toormore, just outside Schull, on December 23rd, 1996. The 39-year-old mother-of-one was wearing her nightclothes, boots and a dressing gown when she was discovered by a neighbour in the laneway of the property at 10am.
An inquest revealed that she died where her body was discovered from multiple injuries including laceration of the brain and a fractured skull.
Her murderer reportedly used a hatchet found on the property to inflict more than 40 wounds to her body before crushing her skull with a large concrete block.
Produced and co-hosted by Sam Bungey of This American Life, Brian Reed who hosted the hit podcast S Town and BBC documentary maker Jennifer Forde, West Cork will feature interviews with Manchester-born journalist and lawyer Ian Bailey (60), who was the prime suspect in the case and one of ten men to be investigated.
Bailey, who lives in Schull, has maintained his innocence, alleging that Gardaí conspired to frame him for the murder. Forensic experts, witnesses and Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s friends and family have also given interviews as part of the series.
Amazon Audible members can listen to West Cork free-of-charge while non-members can listen as part of a 30-day free trial.