TIME Magazine featured it in their list of 50 must-listen podcasts.
Now the makers of West Cork, the true crime production of the year, have confirmed they will visit Bantry this summer to delve deeper into the case with fans.
Journalist Sam Bungey and documentary producer Jennifer Forde, the couple behind the phenomenally successful audio series about the unsolved murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, will discuss the making of it with journalist, Justine McCarthy at the West Cork Literary Festival on Friday, July 20th.
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.
Manchester-born journalist and lawyer Ian Bailey (60), who was the prime suspect in the case and one of ten men to be investigated, is interviewed in the podcast, which also features the voices of various witnesses as well as friends, family and neighbours of the murdered film producer.
Bailey, who lives in Schull, has maintained his innocence, alleging that Gardaí conspired to frame him for the murder. He was arrested on two occasions but was never charged.
Earlier this month, documentary maker Louis Theroux appealed to true crime fans to listen to the series, tweeting:
— Louis Theroux (@louistheroux) April 9, 2018
Word has it that Bungey and Forde have received new information since the podcast aired and that new episodes of West Cork are in the works.
Amazon Audible members can listen to West Cork free-of-charge while non-members can listen as part of a 30-day free trial.
In the meantime, get your fix at the West Cork Literary Festival, booking information here.