BY EMMA CONNOLLY
A 13-PART podcast seeking to unravel what it calls ‘the mystery’ of the more than 20-year-old unsolved murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier at Toormore, Schull will be available next month.
Called ‘West Cork’ it will be aired on Audible, Amazon’s online audio bookseller, from February 8th.
Three years in the making, West Cork examines why it says the crime and subsequent fallout could have only happened in West Cork, in a small a community where there had been no other murders in living memory.
It looks at the impact the case has had on the local area but it also extends outwards, looking at how the crime captured the attention of the nation and what the ongoing international ramifications are.
The series features in-depth interviews with the French woman’s family and friends, and with forensic experts, detectives who worked on the case, witnesses, locals and also suspect Ian Bailey, who has never been charged in connection with the death of the 39-year-old on December 23rd, 1996.
The trailer says: In 1996 a mystery begins and never ends, an unsolvable crime, 20 years on there are no answers only more questions.’
It’s hosted by Sam Bungey, who has written for The Guardian and worked with Brian Reed on a story for This American Life, and Jennifer Forde who previously worked as a documentary maker for the BBC.
Audible members can listen for free to the podcast while non-members can listen for free as part of a 30-day trial.