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Episode 410: The Murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier


Morbid Network | Wondery

Comedy, Society & Culture, True Crime, Exhibit C

4.589.9K Ratings

🗓️ 28 December 2022

⏱️ 86 minutes

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Just two days before Christmas in 1996 the body of 39 year old, french filmmaker, wife, daughter and mother Sophie Toscan Du Plantier was found not far from her vacation home. Her cottage in Schull was supposed to be her happy getaway, but would soon turn into an absolute nightmare. This was a classic tale of a tight knit community that was absolutely shocked, terrified and deeply saddened by this heinous crime. Unfortunately the investigation was a shaky one which led to two countries and families arguing back and forth. In the end, even though someone was convicted, there were still doubts and no one has been put behind bars to serve a sentence for Sophie’s murder. 

Thank you to the glorious David White for research assistance on this case!


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