Death in December. The Story of Sophie Toscan du Plantier by Michael Sheridan

By Michael Sheridan

On 23 December 1996, the physique of Sophie Toscan du Plantier was once chanced on outdoor her distant vacation cottage close to Schull in West Cork. The assault have been savage and cruel. The homicide prompted surprise waves in her local France and within the quiet Cork geographical region that she had selected as her retreat from the high-flying way of life of the movie company during which she and her husband combined. 16 years later, and regardless of an in depth research, the killer of Sophie remains to be at huge and the dossier is still open. demise in December is the interesting and compelling tale of ways an self sustaining and gorgeous lady sought peace and sanctuary and as a substitute came across violence and the final word terror. It supplies a chilling profile of the killer whom pyschologists think will strike back.

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He could feel his blood beginning to boil. All her money and power would be no use to her when her blood was spilling and she screamed for mercy. Why did these stupid women have to provoke him to violence? Why couldn’t women just do as they were told and shut up? But no, they were always trying to prove who was running the show. The only difference between this Frenchwoman and him was luck and connections. That’s all. He could reduce that luck and those connections to nothing. And then he would be someone; someone to be admired or feared, he didn’t care which.

Saturday, 21 December Sophie drove into Schull, left her car in the car park opposite the East End Hotel and walked up the street, stopping at Brosnan’s Spar supermarket where she bought some food and household items. 00pm. The supermarket, like all the other shops, was bright with Christmas decorations, and business was brisk as people stocked up on supplies to last them over the holiday period. The main street in Schull can be walked in five minutes, from the harbour on the east side to the Allied Irish Bank premises at the top of the hill.

There was blood, a lot of blood. She turned and ran back up the laneway to her house. * * * The bloody, lifeless body was that of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a beautiful thirty-nine-year-old Frenchwoman. Sophie was a frequent visitor to the converted farmhouse that she had bought five years earlier as a retreat from her busy life in Paris. In a phone call to her husband the previous night, Sophie had told him that she would be leaving Toormore the following day, 24 December, to return to Paris and spend Christmas with him at their country home in Ambax, near Toulouse.

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