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  • Summary

  • [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.

    When you add West Cork to your library you will receive all 13 episodes, each with a runtime of approximately 30 minutes.

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  • Ep. 1: Blow-Ins
    Feb 7 2018
    [Contains Mature Themes] West Cork, Ireland is an outpost at the edge of Europe. Rugged, windswept, and coastal, it was a region of farmers and fisherman until the 1960s, when it was discovered by the “blow-ins”—artists, urban runaways, and people who drove until the road ran out. It was a haven for those wanting to turn their backs on their old lives and start over. But then there was a murder in West Cork, and everything changed overnight.
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    27 mins
  • Ep. 2: The Back of Beyond
    Feb 7 2018
    [Contains Mature Themes] A body is found at the end of a path leading to three houses. The police, known in Ireland as “the Guards,” have little experience with serious crime in West Cork, and the victim - a French woman with a holiday home in the area - is a mysterious figure to locals. That night, as news of the murder makes its way through the community, everyone begins to question if they were ever truly safe.
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    27 mins
  • Ep. 3: Sophie Bouniol
    Feb 7 2018
    [Contains Mature Themes] Born Sophie Bouniol, the well-connected French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier was 39 when she was murdered. In a place where no one could remember the last time a murder occurred, locals speculated that the killer must be an outsider. Rumors about Sophie and her love life, fueled by tabloids, flourished. But her quieter, more bookish side was reflected in the simple, white house she kept in West Cork, and known to those who loved her most.
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    36 mins

About the Creators

Journalist and editor Sam Bungey began his career in Dublin as cofounder of the national monthly magazine Mongrel. From there, he contributed to a wide range of publications including The Guardian and The Dublin Review. His first foray into audio was in 2011 when he was featured as a contributor on the beloved radio show This American Life. In 2014, Bungey was commended with a Human Rights Award for his work as deputy editor for the public journalism site The Global Mail.

About the Creators

Jennifer Forde is a documentary producer known for her uncanny ability to get people to reveal themselves. She has worked with the BBC and a multitude of UK-based independent production companies. Her impressive litany of credits includes directing and producing an episode of The Secret Life of the National Grid (winner of the Royal Television Society Award for History), an episode of the Grierson-short-listed Catholics, and an installment of the New York Times Retro Report series. West Cork is her first journey into an audio-exclusive format.

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this was really captivating

loved it. this was a murder that I never heard about and so the authors/interviewers did a great job bringing up all the issues from facts, to public opinions and clearly making clear which was what. I felt for Sophie's family, no real justice. I felt she got forgotten during it all (not by the authors) and whoever did it has essentially gotten away... so far.

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Loved the production

I loved the way it’s produced where it’s a roller coaster.
Much like surely it was thru the actual time line , one day your convinced he did it and then another episode you are in doubt.
Excelent work!
Being Mexican I did struggle a bit with the accents just a bit.

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Changed my mind on murder mystery

I can't even remember how I decided to listen to this podcast but I was hooked once I had. I've never been into murder or mystery plot lines but this was so engaging. I've been to Schull and I have met relatives that still live just outside of schull, so perhaps that was what drew me in. I could picture the landscape, and understand the people. I even looked up to see if we had visited the pub. This podcast offers a similar confused feeling that I got with "You" but this mystery is real which makes it all the more thrilling.

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Excellent

So, so well done! Detailed, researched, clearly presented, it stays interesting the whole way through.

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Leaves you wanting more

Worth the hype. This was recommended by my long time true crime podcast My Favorite Murder, and they delivered. Already recommended to others!

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spellbinding

Bery well coordinated and elegant. An interesting story made larger than life. A great listen.

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An unexpected, immersive experience!

This podcast managed to draw you into not only the mystery, but also the town, the people as well as the scenery (which almost became a cast member all in itself). I appreciated the unbiased way in which the facts were presented without losing its personality...or ever letting you forget that at the heart of this documentary lies a tragic, unsolved murder which has and still is affecting many lives. SUPERBLY researched, presented and narrated!

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loved it!

I couldn't stop listening once I started! It was incredible. Very well done! highly recommend

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Great production! Loved it

This was the best I have come across. Definitely want to hear more like this. Love the style. Great work!

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Best podcast I’ve ever listened to! Bravo!

This isn't far.the best.podcast I’ve.ever listened to! Please.keep up the great work -i am searching for more.from these two next

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