Sophie Toscan du Plantier, French citizena, assassinated in 1996 in Cork (Ireland). All indications pointed to a suspect: Ian Bailey. They had seen him that same night in the vicinity of Sophie’s house, he had no alibi, he had burned his clothes two days after the murder, he had marks on his hands and forehead, he told friends that the victim was French before the murder. police would have made the murder public … And as icing on the cake, Ian had beaten his wife who almost killed her.
The police passed a report to the judge. The judge considered that there was not enough evidence to charge him.
Years later his son tried to reopen the case. More evidence appeared, more witnesses. The Irish judge refused to reopen the case and went so far as to affirm something along the lines of “if an individual has beaten up his wife, that does not necessarily mean that he is a criminal.”
Sophie’s son had a bomb-proof tenacity and, above all, he had financial resources. He took the case to the French courts, that Bailey was tried in absentia and they condemned unanimously. Ireland refused to extradite Bailey, still living in County Cork.
On 2002 Déborah Fernández-Cervera appears assassinated. Two different police investigations –two– they target a suspect. Said suspect had a relationship with Déborah, had no alibi for the night of the crime and a witness stated that he had been found at that time and that the trunk of his car gave off a stench like a decomposing body. Déborah, who had told her friends on the day of his disappearance that she was going to meet this man, had received threats from a person close to him. But, inexplicably, there is no judgment either. In this case, the suspect is also a great businessman and his family was very close to the political power of the city.
It is not the son who is fighting to reopen Déborah’s case, but his siblings. And they do not have financial resources, but human resources. Several lawyers decide to work pro bono in the Déborah case and shortly after they denounce negligence in the police investigations, contradictions in statements made by different witnesses that did not cross and evidence that was ignored. And more human resources arrive: new witnesses appear and experts are even offered to collaborate free of charge. The body is exhumed and in Déborah’s nails remains of DNA compatible with those of a quilt that belonged to the suspect are discovered. But the Fernández-Cervera race is against the clock: the case prescribes in April 2022.
For every Deborah, for every Sophie there are so many women …
This same year, 2021, for example.
Florina, 19 years old, murdered in Albal. Carmen, 60 years old, murdered in her home in Malaga. María Isabel, 44 years old, in Albacete. Herminia, 96 years old, in Calella. Yanina, 20 years old, in Cembranos, Rosi, 29 years old, in O Barco de Valdeorras …
Six women, six free killers. Only so far in 2021.
These women do not have relatives who have the resources of Sophie’s and Déborah’s relatives. Who knows if their cases will ever be solved.
Rosa, Déborah’s sister, has an email address open. It is: [email protected]
We cannot help everyone. But sometimes a case is a symbol, as a drop of water contains the entire ocean within itself.