13 episodes

In West Cork, it’s simply known as ‘the murder’. In 1996 French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier is found dead near her holiday home. There are no witnesses and no known motive. The police suspect one man in this community but they can’t make a charge stick and he refuses to leave, living under the glare of suspicion ever since.



This series brings together an incredible cast of characters, many of whom have never spoken publicly before. The family of the victim bring to life a woman lost; the suspect puts forward his defence; and local people explain what it’s like to have the living embodiment of their unsettled nerves still resolutely among them. Reported and hosted by Jennifer Forde and Sam Bungey.

To be first to listen to bonus episodes of West Cork and Sam and Jennifer's incredible next series, sign up at www.yarn.fm

“The hosts beautifully communicate how a tragedy can impact a town and its people in devastating ways.” Time magazine

“Meticulous and thoughtful … The podcast is vastly more soulful than so many of its peers, in large part by functioning as an exploration of how a tragedy, mixed with spectacle, can redefine and consume the terms of a place, a person, and a time." Nick Quah, Vulture

“One of the few podcasts that caused us to drive in pointless extra loops in total silence, just so we could hear another episode. West Cork is the new Serial. It may even be better.” India Knight, The Times

"Knocked me out like no other podcast since S-Town. A masterpiece." Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Say Nothing

West Cork yarn fm

    • True Crime
    • 4.8 • 114 Ratings

In West Cork, it’s simply known as ‘the murder’. In 1996 French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier is found dead near her holiday home. There are no witnesses and no known motive. The police suspect one man in this community but they can’t make a charge stick and he refuses to leave, living under the glare of suspicion ever since.



This series brings together an incredible cast of characters, many of whom have never spoken publicly before. The family of the victim bring to life a woman lost; the suspect puts forward his defence; and local people explain what it’s like to have the living embodiment of their unsettled nerves still resolutely among them. Reported and hosted by Jennifer Forde and Sam Bungey.

To be first to listen to bonus episodes of West Cork and Sam and Jennifer's incredible next series, sign up at www.yarn.fm

“The hosts beautifully communicate how a tragedy can impact a town and its people in devastating ways.” Time magazine

“Meticulous and thoughtful … The podcast is vastly more soulful than so many of its peers, in large part by functioning as an exploration of how a tragedy, mixed with spectacle, can redefine and consume the terms of a place, a person, and a time." Nick Quah, Vulture

“One of the few podcasts that caused us to drive in pointless extra loops in total silence, just so we could hear another episode. West Cork is the new Serial. It may even be better.” India Knight, The Times

"Knocked me out like no other podcast since S-Town. A masterpiece." Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Say Nothing

    1: Blow-ins

    1: Blow-ins

    West Cork, Ireland is an outpost at the edge of Europe, the jumping-off point for America. Rugged windswept and coastal, it was a place of farmers and fisherman until the 1960’s, when it was discovered by the ‘blow-in’s.’ People who drove until the road ran out, artists and urban runaways – a haven for those ready to turn their backs on their old lives and start again. But then there was a murder in West Cork, and overnight, everything changed. To be first to listen to bonus episodes of West Cork and Sam and Jennifer's incredible next series, sign up at www.yarn.fm
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 27 min
    2: The Back of Beyond

    2: The Back of Beyond

    A body is found at the end of a path leading to three houses. In West Cork, the police, known in Ireland as ‘the guards,’ have little experience with serious crime, and the victim—a French woman with a holiday home in the area—is a mysterious figure in West Cork. That night, as news of the murder snakes through the community, everyone begins to question whether or not they were ever, truly, safe.
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 27 min
    3: Sophie Buoniol

    3: Sophie Buoniol

    Sophie Buoniol, commonly referred to by her married name, Sophie Toscan du Plantier, was 39 years old when she was murdered, a well-connected French film producer. In a place where there had been no murder that anyone can remember, locals speculated that the murderer must have come from out of town. But West Cork grapples with which version of Sophie to believe. Rumors about Sophie and her love life, fueled by tabloid headlines, abound. But there was a quieter, more bookish side to her, a side better represented by the small, simple, white house she kept in West Cork. In this episode we get to know Sophie, from the perspective of those who loved her most.
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 34 min
    4: Killer Among Us

    4: Killer Among Us

    In the weeks following the murder, Schull, the jewel-box vacation town closest to Sophie’s home, becomes a very different kind of place to live. With no answers, and the police focusing on locals, the townspeople start watching their neighbors more closely. And the guards begin receiving anonymous calls about a ‘strange man’ in town. To be first to listen to bonus episodes of West Cork and Sam and Jennifer's incredible next series, sign up at www.yarn.fm
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 35 min
    5: A Good Suspect

    5: A Good Suspect

    The guards have a suspect—one who has spent the last 20 years trying to convince Ireland that he is not a murderer. We begin on the first day of the investigation, tracing the suspects’ behavior over the six weeks following the murder, up until the day of his arrest. What was he up to, and how did he become the central figure in one of Ireland’s most notorious murder cases? To be first to listen to bonus episodes of West Cork and Sam and Jennifer's incredible next series, sign up at www.yarn.fm
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 33 min
    6: The Englishman

    6: The Englishman

    A blow-in from Manchester, England, the suspect has been grating on locals ever since he first arrived in West Cork. He has been accused of inserting himself into the investigation and delighting in his notoriety, at the expense of figuring out what really happened to Sophie. Though he is often perceived as arrogant and tactless, his history and personal diaries reveal deep insecurities, and a man increasingly desperate to save himself.
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

oliviaforsyth ,

Loved it

A thorough telling of a very interesting story. Hosts are thoughtful and have great voices. As a Canadian I had never heard about this case before and I enjoyed hearing about the unique setting and characters involved.

Toronto_Mum ,

Captivating

This one really captivated me — very intriguing and compelling.

Jenkinsdraws ,

Well done, if overly drawn out

A very well done and enjoyable to listen to podcast. Some episodes are pehaps too drawn out, meandering, but that is the only quibble,

Top Podcasts In True Crime