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Ian Bailey says he ‘will leave no stone unturned’ in his podcast on Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder

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Ian Bailey will release the first part of his new podcast Ian Bailey: In His Own Words next week. It will detail his life before and after the murder of Frenchwoman Sophie Toscan du Plantier in west Cork in 1996.

Bailey, the chief suspect in the unsolved murder, has enlisted the services of an audio engineer and the introductory episode will be released next week.

Episodes one and two, each an hour long, will then be released in March and will be available on all major podcast platforms, he added. The journalist-turned-poet said he expects the “professionally produced” podcast will have four episodes in total and possibly a bonus fifth one.

The introduction and episode one will be released free of charge, and the rest of the series can be listened to for a “small fee” and purchased on Bailey’s website.

“This is not about money, this is about me telling my own story in my own words, for the first time. I’m hoping that the introduction we are due to release next week will pique people’s interest. I will leave no stone unturned and no turd unstirred. I will be addressing everything,” he said.

“I would expect interest could be quite high, considering how much interest there was in the two documentaries that were released last year on Sky and Netflix. This is my audio autobiography,” he said. The first episode focuses on his early life growing up in the UK before he relocated to Ireland in 1991.

The second and third episodes will cover the events leading up to the murder of Ms Toscan du Plantier in December 1996 and the aftermath.

The fourth episode will focus on the intense media coverage of Bailey and his former partner Jules Thomas over the past couple of years after the release of the Netflix and Sky documentaries on the murder.

Ms Toscan du Plantier, a French filmmaker, was bludgeoned to death outside her holiday home near Schull in 1996, two days before Christmas.

Bailey was twice arrested in connection with her death but was never charged and has always maintained his innocence.

There is a current garda cold-case investigation into the mother-of-one’s unsolved murder.

“I will explain how I became the lead journalist reporting on the death of Ms Toscan du Plantier and everything that followed after that,” he added. 

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