Ian Bailey: I’m writing a book on the Sophie murder and my ordeal
Ian, I appear to have entered your life over the last few weeks, to such an extent that I can truly say I am baffled and if I am so are many people. I was taking a jaunt yesterday. Milling around in my head were the documentaries … The 3 from Netflix; then the 4 (1 more due next Sunday at 10 pm Sky Crime) by our eminent Jim Sheridan and then another but this time a film in 2017 suggested by Mr Boucher-Hayes on a recent tweet https://www.rte.ie/player/movie/the-du-plantier-case/88504360184.
The benefit of the doubt comes to mind but when I looked at the tweets I was surprised to read that many judged you guilty and then to my horrow when my partner asked a Garda walking by us on the street (a man close to retirement), he was absolutely adamant you are guilty.
In another time the power of Artificial Intelligence will gather all this data collated and collected and may have most interesting conclusions. I hope that all this “Obiter Dicta” encouraged by you, an innocent man in Ireland but alas not in France, will create a crime scene as happens in America and the DNA or a person’s conscience will prevail and we will know the Truth.
To write the book. Yes. The fact that your former but constant partner Jules Thomas openly states that she does not believe nor did she believe that you murdered Sophie de Plantier and is willing to give testament if this case is re-opened, as you have requested the Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris, to sanction. Ian you had a life before you came to Schull in the 1990’s, you were a freelance journalist in the UK with a focus on court reporting; you continued to be a freelance journalist in Ireland so you have the experience and added to that you have a Masters in Law from Cork University – I think the “Obiter Dicta” created by the film makers and add to this the two books already written, should help to create enough information and that somewhere therein we arrive at the Truth or as near as possible. Jim Sheridan…please please do two more documentaries, the White Lady of the mist has a message for all of us
Recommend the following link on DNA https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/war-over-genetic-privacy-just-beginning-john-whitehead
17th July 2021
One podcast, two TV series and three more books, to go along with two already published – it’s fair to say that Ian Bailey’s experience as a chief murder suspect is a story well told.© Provided by Extra.ie
Former journalist Ian Bailey is currently writing a book about his life as a suspect in the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder investigation.
Mr Bailey said he is 30,000 words into a 200,000-word manuscript, in which he sets out the events on the night of the unsolved 1996 murder, his arrest the following month and the 25 years of investigations and court cases that have followed.© Provided by Extra.ie Former journalist Ian Bailey is currently writing a book about his life as a suspect in the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder investigation. Pic: Collins Courts
His manuscript is just one of three more proposed books on the murder, along with two that have already been published.
‘There are at least two other [proposed] books, excluding my own. My own book is a long way away from being finished – it’s such a huge volume,’ he said.
Sam Bungey, one of the two creators of the West Cork podcast about the murder, is also writing a book, while Mr Bailey said ‘a Dublin author’ is doing the same, though he added that ‘I’m reluctant to say just who it is just yet’.© Provided by Extra.ie Ian Bailey said he is 30,000 words into a 200,000-word manuscript, in which he sets out the events on the night of the unsolved 1996 murder, his arrest the following month and the 25 years of investigations and court cases that have followed. Pic: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie
‘I’ve got my own book – I have 30,000 words written, it will be a 200,000-word tome by the time I’m finished, but that’s an ongoing project. I’m not putting myself under any deadline,’ he said.
Mr Bailey has been busy in recent weeks trying to find a new place to live after his ex-partner, Jules Thomas, ended their longterm relationship last March.
He also strongly welcomed a potential cold-case investigation into the 1996 murder of the French filmmaker and mother-of-one.© Provided by Extra.ie Mr Bailey has been busy in recent weeks trying to find a new place to live after his ex-partner, Jules Thomas, ended their longterm relationship last March. Pic: Collins
It follows an article in a daily newspaper on Tuesday in which an unnamed senior garda said a cold-case inquiry is ‘inevitable’ given the build-up of momentum in the case.
Mr Bailey recently wrote to the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to request a cold-case review of the murder.
Mr Harris’s office replied, saying that the Commissioner has asked for an update on the investigation and would give a fuller response to Mr Bailey in due course.© Provided by Extra.ie Bailey has strongly welcomed a potential cold-case investigation into the 1996 murder of the French filmmaker and mother-of-one. Pic: PA Wire
On Tuesday, Mr Bailey said he would be ‘100% co-operative’ with any new Garda investigation and said he hopes it will lead to his exoneration.
‘I haven’t heard formally from the Commissioner’s office, but, reacting to that particular [media] report, if it’s true, and there is to be a comprehensive cold-case review, I am clearly very pleased that my call for such a review has been acknowledged,’ he said.
‘I would hope that when it is complete and all the information is considered, it may lead to an acknowledgement that I was falsely implicated as the murderer.© Provided by Extra.ie Mr Bailey recently wrote to the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to request a cold-case review of the murder. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie
‘I have already said in my letter to Mr Harris that any such investigation would receive 100% cooperation from me, from my former partner, Jules, and from my solicitor, Frank Buttimer.
‘It won’t happen overnight but I’m very pleased it would appear it is now going to occur.’
Some 25 years on from the murder of Ms Toscan du Plantier, public and media fascination has continued to grow.© Provided by Extra.ie Some 25 years on from the murder of Ms Toscan du Plantier, public and media fascination has continued to grow. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie
Film director Jim Sheridan said last week he wants to add two more episodes to his Sky documentary series about the case, titled Murder at the Cottage, featuring real-life witnesses who will be assisted by coaching actors on how to give the most accurate portrayal possible.
Dubliner Mr Sheridan said he had considered this technique for his recently released five-part series on the murder but that the COVID-19 lockdown prevented him from completing it.
His documentary series on the murder was released last month to strong reviews.© Provided by Extra.ie Jim Sheridan with Ian Bailey. Pic: Hells Kitchen/Barbara McCarthy via Sky Studios
It features interviews with many of the key witnesses, including chief suspect Mr Bailey, and many friends of Ms Toscan du Plantier, who was murdered at the age of 39 near her West Cork holiday home in December 1996.
Mr Sheridan said he has been talking to Sky about doing the additional two episodes.
Separately, Netflix released its own three-part documentary series on June 30.© Provided by Extra.ie Netflix released its own three-part documentary series on June 30. Pic: Sophie: A Murder in West Cork/Netflix
There have already been two books released about the murder case, as well as the hit podcast series West Cork.
The podcast is now being turned into an acted drama, although the production company has yet to begin casting for the parts of Ms Toscan du Plantier and the other witnesses in the case, including Mr Bailey.
In 2019, a French court convicted Mr Bailey in absentia of murdering Ms Toscan du Plantier, a verdict he says was grossly unfair and reliant on hearsay evidence, and on statements by West Cork woman Marie Farrell, who has since retracted her clai