West Cork – Podcast

Please note: contains mature themes.

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. 

This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 14 episodes to your Library now. 

My Review:

Another fascinating real-life true crime Podcast available free to download to Audible members. 14 episodes that examine the murder of a French woman a few days before Christmas in 1996 in West Cork, Ireland.

Sophie Toscan Du Plantier had left her husband and son in France to spend some time at her cottage in a small town in West Cork. Her battered body was discovered and the Garda (Irish police) focused on one particular suspect Ian Bailey, an English journalist living in Skull.

This podcast focuses primarily on Ian Bailey as the investigative journalists, married couple Jennifer Forde and Sam Bungey built up a relationship with Ian and his partner Jules over a three year period which is recorded in depth and slowly tells the story of why he became the chief suspect and what happened when the French and Irish authorities try to arrest Ian for murder.

Unfortunately this high profile murder has yet to be solved and as fascinating as this podcast is, it’s a really just an opportunity for Ian to flex his narcissistic personality as he obviously loves the sound of his own voice. Personally I would have preferred more background and depth into the victim Sophie, rather than focus on the over-inflated ego of the suspect.

Rating: 4 out of 5.