West Cork by Sam Bungey

Book Description:

Published: February 8, 2018

Format: Audio/Audible/Free Digital Book

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery.

Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series. Investigative journalist, Sam Bungey, and documentarian, Jennifer Forde, guide listeners through the brutal, unsolved murder and the tangled web of its investigation, while introducing an intricate cast of characters, a provocative prime suspect, and a recovering community whose story begs to be heard.

Review –

This originated as a thirteen week pod cast on Audible and in February of this year was released to members as a free audiobook.

Sophie Toscan du Plantier, wife of renowned French film producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier, was mysteriously killed outside her vacation home in Schull just a few days before Christmas in 1996. Through interviews with people whose lives have been changed by the shocking crime — including her family, West Cork locals who have lived through more than 20 years of investigation and media attention, the prime suspect, and people close to the suspect — West Cork unravels the circumstances surrounding Sophie’s murder. The series also includes interviews with forensic scientists, pathologists and other experts who help disentangle the complexities of the case.

A newspaper journalist, with a lot of crazy baggage, is the prime suspect. In fact he was and is the ONLY suspect. All the evidence against him is circumstantial and he has never been brought to trial in Ireland, though arrested a few times. France has different laws about bringing people to trial and tried him in absentia  and found him guilty but he is living in Ireland and they can’t touch him.

If you like true crime – you should give this one a try.