CTV Documentary Monster in the Family
-- Broadcast coincides with Ferrier’s upcoming release from Prison --
Toronto, ON (June 15, 2006) – In July 2004, one of Canada’s most notorious criminals, Martin Ferrier, found himself free after spending much of the past 15 years in prison. With a media frenzy surrounding his release, Ferrier was back behind bars in less than 12 hours. Now, with just a few weeks remaining until Ferrier is released once again, CTV announces the premiere of the original documentary Monster In The Family, airing Saturday, June 24, at 7 p.m. (check local listings) on CTV.
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In the controversial one-hour documentary, three-time Emmy-winner John Kastner questions whether Martin Ferrier is the monster that everyone has made him out to be. Monster in the Family reveals that the 6-foot-5, 275-pound prisoner is actually a relatively minor violent offender who has been demonized by the authorities, the media and, in an unlikely twist, by his own mother. After following Ferrier through the remaining days of his prison term, Kastner believes that Ferrier does not actually pose a serious threat to public safety.
Described as “a wannabe serial killer” and labeled “an incurable psychopath” and “a serial rapist,” Ferrier’s July, 2004 release made headlines across the country, even receiving a mention in Stephen Harper’s 2004 federal election campaign. The documentary attributes the over-the-top media coverage of Ferrier’s last release from prison in 2004 to a public warning advisory issued by the Peel Regional Police and fear mongering by Ferrier’s mother Judy Perry. Throughout the film, Kastner contacts various authorities who know and have studied Ferrier throughout the years, many of whom disagree with the labels used to describe him.
“Ferrier is by no means an angel,” said filmmaker John Kastner. “He deserved to have served prison time. But somehow, a relatively minor violent offender has been transformed into a major monster. I’ve filmed many violent offenders who are far worse than this guy. I wanted to know why Ferrier has been so demonized.”
Perry has led an unprecedented media campaign to try and declare her son as a dangerous offender and keep him behind bars for life. The documentary contains many surprising revelations about Perry’s troubling history with her son, as well as his relationship with the Peel Regional Police, and the shocking treatment Ferrier endured while imprisoned in a provincial segregation cell.
Monster In The Family is the latest in a series of CTV original documentaries to air as part of CTV’s 2005-2006 slate. Other titles include Hockey Brawl: Battle on Thin Ice; Checklist: A Measure of Evil; BEYOND CORNER GAS: Tales From Dog River; Run Your Own Race: Dr. Marla’s Journey With Breast Cancer; Running on a Dream: The Legacy of Terry Fox; The Degrassi Story; Ice Storm: The Salé and Pelletier Affair; Girls Don’t Fight; Heads Up; Checklist: A Measure of Evil, It Slices, It Dices: Lost in Canada; Secret World of Bridge and In Pursuit of Happiness airing Saturday, June 17 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.
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