The most challenging issue of the legendary assassination of Ireland

On December 23, 1996, Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s corpse was recovered in West Cork, not far from her holiday house. Tuscan du Plantier, 39 years old, has married Daniel, a famous film producer and close friend of Jacques Chirac, the French president. Almost a quarter of a century later, Ireland has never accused anybody of her death. However, a French court has condemned absentia to a single suspect, Ian Bailey, who has consistently rejected all allegations and maintained his innocence.


 The case is rich in material with its many twists and turns that inspire, first of all, the celebrated podcast of West Cork and now nearly tandem with the subject of two documentaries. The documentary Sky series Murder at the Cottage and the third part of Netflix, Sophie: A Murder in West Cork. The Netflix production also contains contributions of the Tuscan du Plantier family and interviews with Bailey. The series Netflix lands on our displays. Thus one of the most famous murder cases in Ireland has happened so far.

 The scene of a crime

 In 1993, she acquired a holiday house at Toormore, just outside Schull, West Cork, and often traveled from Paris to her small son, Pierre-Louis Baudey-Vignaud. The French movie director Toscan du Plantier had a teenage visit to Ireland. The region was a cosmopolitan location but remotely located, attracting an international audience that practically did not exist.

 On December 20, 1996, she traveled alone to the cottage and planned to return for Christmas to Paris. Her body was discovered by her neighbor Shirley Foster, injured by many heads on the walk outside the home on December 23. Can found a blood-stuck piece of slate and a block of concrete on stage. The first murder in the live recollection of the region was, like most of the residents featured in the documentary: the last was the death of Michael Collins in 1922. 

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 It took nearly five hours for a forensic specialist, Eugène Gilligan, to come to Schull, thanks to the traffic of pre-Christmas. On arrival, he told the filmmakers to redirect a public phone box to contact the local Garda. Her corpse was kept outside for 28 hours before the state pathogens came; the outside criminal scene, which was buffeted by December’s weather, made it impossible to get forensic evidence. Following an appeal by Garda to ask anyone to give us any information, Marie Farrell, a resident of Schull, called for a guy near Kealfadda Bridge, 2.6 kilometers from his house, the night when Sophie was assassinated.

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