What is Sophie: A Murder in West Cork on Netflix about?

DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 13: Ian Bailey pictured as he exits the Criminal Courts of Justice following the ruling that he will not be extradited regarding the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier on October 13, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. Ian Bailey was convicted in France, in his absence, of the murder of French television producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier in west Cork in 1996. Mr Bailey, 63, has always denied the murder. High Court judge Mr Justice Paul Burns today rejected the States application for the extradition of Bailey. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 13: Ian Bailey pictured as he exits the Criminal Courts of Justice following the ruling that he will not be extradited regarding the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier on October 13, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. Ian Bailey was convicted in France, in his absence, of the murder of French television producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier in west Cork in 1996. Mr Bailey, 63, has always denied the murder. High Court judge Mr Justice Paul Burns today rejected the States application for the extradition of Bailey. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images) /
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Sophie: A Murder in West Cork came to Netflix on Friday, June 30. It’s one of Netflix’s newest true-crime docu-series. As the title suggests, it tells the story of a murder in West Cork, Ireland. It’s one of the only murders in the area in living memory. As you can probably guess, it shocked the people in the village.

But who was murdered? A French woman named Sophie Toscan du Plantier was living in an isolated house in the town of Schull in West Cork. She was a documentary filmmaker and a film and TV producer who loved the isolation and peacefulness of her cottage in the middle of nowhere.

But it didn’t stay peaceful for long as she was found outside her cottage beaten to death on Dec. 23, 1996. And that’s when the hunt for her murderer began.

The three-episode docu-series discusses a few possibilities, but the main two include her husband, Daniel Toscan du Plantier, a French film producer, and Ian Bailey, a journalist living in Schull who wrote extensively about Sophie’s murder.

What is Sophie: A Murder in West Cork about?

The police quickly focus on Bailey as the evidence piles up against him. I challenge you to watch this docu-series and not think he did it. The evidence, while considered circumstantial, is pretty damning. And, well, he doesn’t exactly help himself out with his behavior around the village.

Many of the people who lived in Schull at the time are interviewed about the murder and discuss giving evidence and what it was like to live there at the time.

As the case continues on for decades (we are still talking about it, aren’t we?) and no real arrests are made, Sophie’s son, Pierre-Louis du Baudey, gets involved. He starts an association made up of friends, family and people interested in the case to make it clear to the Irish and French government that he and others will not let his mother’s murder go unsolved.

Eventually, their hard work pays off and the French courts agree to hear the case. But does it mean someone is finally convicted and arrested for Sophie’s murder? You’ll have to watch and find out.

If you want more on Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s murder, there is also a 2018 podcast on Audible on her story.

Have you watched Sophie: A Murder in West Cork on Netflix yet? Who do you think did it? Let us know in the comments below!

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