It's time to put West Cork at the top of your podcast list! The new Audible series, which premiered on Thursday, Feb. 8, follows the gruesome murder of French filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Ireland in 1996, and the deep dive into the case might finally bring justice to this still-unsolved murder!
The crime has stayed relevant for the last 22 years because of how horrific it was in such an idyllic little town. Sophie was found beaten to death on the walkway leading to her and her husband's quaint vacation home, still dressed in her nightgown. Though no one has ever been charged with the slaying, West Cork will do it's best to piece together what happened to her.
Sophie Toscan Du Plantier with her husband.
Creators Jennifer Forde and Sam Bungey spent three years gathering information, conducting interviews with friends, family, police, journalists, and even suspects, and digging up archival audio from the crime. They even include extra material, like a video of the main suspect (who was arrested twice but maintains his innocence), journalist Ian Bailey. The listening experience will put you right in the middle of the action, and make you feel like you're apart of it.
“We wanted to create a world and to really transport people to West Cork,” Forde told Entertainment Weekly. “When they’re driving along on their commute or whatever people do when they’re listening to podcasting — even doing the laundry at home — that this would kind of pick you up from wherever you are and drop you in West Cork, and that we would fill it with the voices of the people there, and that through their accents and the whole melting pot and cast of characters there, it would feel like we had created this world where this story was playing out, and that you as a listener are caught up in it in a way that the local community were caught up in it.”
“The first intriguing thing for us was the disparity between what we read in the newspaper and the way the whole case was framed,” Bungey explained to Irish Times. “In the paper we read this straightforward case of a man potentially wrongfully accused taking on the State. And then we came to Dublin and found that it was a much more complicated story, and also everyone we spoke to was so well-versed in the story, had opinions. Then we had a few curious run-ins with Ian Bailey, and got to know him. It drew us in. West Cork was just a captivating place.” We can't wait to learn more!