There is a general consensus that the best Netflix true crime series – now virtually a genre in themselves – comprise all or most of the following: an appalling central crime; multiple suspects; an almost equally appalling miscarriage of justice and a consequent re-examination that leads to justice. The original for this template was 2015’s Making a Murderer. By these lights, it was also the best, but there have been many more since – covering abuse in the Catholic church, abductions and infamous and unfamous cases alike.Sophie: A Murder in West Cork Season 1 Download.
Now we have Sophie: A Murder in West Cork, a three-part film made by John Dower with the blessing and cooperation of Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s family. At the time of her death, just before Christmas 25 years ago, the French television producer was staying in her holiday home in the tiny Irish town of Schull. In a remote corner of the south-west of the country, it is overlooked by Mount Gabriel, which, local legend has it, was the home until the 18th century of the last wolves in Ireland. It was there that her head was bludgeoned with a concrete block, her body found a day later tangled in briars. “I can still see her now, clear as day,” says Eugene Gilligan, the Garda forensic detective who was called to the scene. It was the first murder there in living memory.
The film contains interviews with Schull residents from the time, who mostly remain Schull residents still, however utterly changed the place became for them. They paint a picture of a small, welcoming community comprising rural natives and many “blow-ins” who, like Sophie herself (who otherwise lived a glamorous but ill-fitting life with her film director husband in France), were attracted to the wild beauty and isolation of the region and the peace and solitude it could offer. Farmers, artists and hippies lived happily alongside each other (“I was the lesbian feminist blow-in!” laughs Toma McCullim) .