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In West Cork, it’s simply known as ‘the murder’. In 1996 French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier is found dead near her holiday home. There are no witnesses and no known motive. The police suspect one man in this community but they can’t make a charge stick and he refuses to leave, living under the glare of suspicion ever since. 

This series brings together an incredible cast of characters, many of whom have never spoken publicly before. The family of the victim bring to life a woman lost; the suspect puts forward his defence; and local people explain what it’s like to have the living embodiment of their unsettled nerves still resolutely among them. Reported and hosted by Jennifer Fo...

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14. He Sees Sophie Everywhere

14. He Sees Sophie Everywhere

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New Feature Episode: An Englishman is on trial in a French court for a murder committed in Ireland. With no defendant present. And no defence. This story is about Sophie. It is a very special episode to us, and we hope you like it. Go to www.westcorkpodcast.com to be first to know about new episodes and the new shows we are working on.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

52 mins

14 May Finished

1: Blow-ins

1: Blow-ins

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West Cork, Ireland is an outpost at the edge of Europe, the jumping-off point for America. Rugged windswept and coastal, it was a place of farmers and fisherman until the 1960’s, when it was discovered by the ‘blow-in’s.’ People who drove until the road ran out, artists and urban runaways – a haven for those ready to turn their backs on their old lives and start again. But then there was a murder in West Cork, and overnight, everything changed.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27 mins

29 March Finished

2: The Back of Beyond

2: The Back of Beyond

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A body is found at the end of a path leading to three houses. In West Cork, the police, known in Ireland as ‘the guards,’ have little experience with serious crime, and the victim—a French woman with a holiday home in the area—is a mysterious figure in West Cork. That night, as news of the murder snakes through the community, everyone begins to question whether or not they were ever, truly, safe.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27 mins

29 March Finished

3: Sophie Buoniol

3: Sophie Buoniol

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Sophie Buoniol, commonly referred to by her married name, Sophie Toscan du Plantier, was 39 years old when she was murdered, a well-connected French film producer. In a place where there had been no murder that anyone can remember, locals speculated that the murderer must have come from out of town. But West Cork grapples with which version of Sophie to believe. Rumors about Sophie and her love life, fueled by tabloid headlines, abound. But there was a quieter, more bookish side to her, a side better represented by the small, simple, white house she kept in West Cork. In this episode we get to know Sophie, from the perspective of those who loved her most.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34 mins

29 March Finished

4: Killer Among Us

4: Killer Among Us

In the weeks following the murder, Schull, the jewel-box vacation town closest to Sophie’s home, becomes a very different kind of place to live. With no answers, and the police focusing on locals, the townspeople start watching their neighbors more closely. And the guards begin receiving anonymous calls about a ‘strange man’ in town.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35 mins

29 March Finished

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