Sophie: A Murder in West Cork (Netflix)

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline: Ireland is really beautiful. Yes, even with a murderer running around.

Quick synopsis: The murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in West Cork.

Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: The first potato in Ireland was planted in Cork in 1588.

Fun Fact for History Nerds: Cobh, in Cork, was the last port of call for the Titanic.

My Take: I’ll be careful not to ruin the shock at the end of the first episode but it’s a doozy.

Sophie Toscan du Plantier was a French woman who owned a vacation house in West Cork, Ireland. One night, she is murdered, and people were shocked that a sleepy part of town could be the scene of a murder. The usual suspects were rounded up, but they all have alibis.

Then, the prime suspect comes out of nowhere. If you don’t know the case at all, it is a legitimate shock as to who it is.

The problem is, I wasn’t fully convinced by the end that he did it. There is a lot of circumstantial evidence and the suspect is clearly a weird person.

Ultimately, I had too many questions I wanted answered at the end. That is not a recipe for a great true crime doc, but it is still good. The ones listed below are better, but you won’t be disappointed if you add this to your list.

Verdict: It’s a good documentary but seems like it is missing information. Don’t expect to be fully convinced.

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