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  • West Cork

  • By: Audible Original
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 1,490
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    5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
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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.

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  • Amazing Story Brilliantly Presented!

  • By Simon on 28-07-18

Not, by any means, an impartial account

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Reviewed: 19-07-18

This podcast makes interesting, if somewhat slow-moving, listening. However, it is very much a ‘he said, she said’ account without much focus on evidence (perhaps, in part, due to the lack of evidence produced at the crime scene). Essentially, it is a heavily-dramatised point of view – the prime suspect in his own words. The reporting duo seem to have had unfettered access to the suspect, and much of the audio is given over to his musings. Perhaps Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde know what side their bread is buttered on – it wouldn’t be such a lengthy podcast without these musings – or perhaps they simply spent too much time with him during their own investigations: aside from casting a sprinkling of doubt on what he proposes, they very much defend his point of view throughout their own commentary.
I happen to be familiar with the community where this happened. My own grandmother hailed from this area, and I spent many a summer in the countryside surrounding Schull. I now live in the UK. One thing that strikes me is that there are very few real West Cork accents on here. They also spend much time on and make much of the assertion that he was set up because he was an Englishman living in a beautiful but fundamentally narrow-minded and xenophobic rural community (not my impression of the place, but perhaps I am biased). This is bound to attract sympathy from many quarters, but I don’t believe it rings entirely true. Perhaps, instead, the investigation focussed on him because he was in the area, knew the suspect and where she lived, has a violent (and very possibly narcissistic) personality, produced an unreliable alibi and had many inconsistencies in his story.

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