Death in December: The Story of Sophie Toscan Du Plantier
On 23 December 1996, the body of French filmmaker Sophie Toscan Du Plantier was discovered outside her remote holiday home near Schull in West Cork. The savage murder caused shock waves in France and in the quiet Cork countryside she had chosen as a retreat from her high-flying lifestyle.
Despite an extensive investigation, the killer of Sophie is still at large - the file remains open.
What was Sophie really like, and why was she murdered? Based on exclusive interviews with Sophie's parents and her husband, as well as her diaries and personal family photographs, Michael Sheridan builds a picture of a woman of character - independent, beautiful and fearless. He follows the trail of the investigators and creates a chilling psychological profile of a sadistic killer.
Seven years after Sophie's brutal death, an extraordinary libel hearing revealed hitherto unknown details of the events surrounding the murder. Ralph Riegel gives a day-by-day account of what one barrister described as the 'the Irish libel case of the century'.
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