It’s time for Mansfield to take the center stage nationally on cable TV.
Two-time Oscar(R)-winning director Barbara Kopple has partnered with America’s leading true-crime network, Investigation Discovery (ID) to explore the legacy of the notorious 1989 murder of Noreen Boyle in Mansfield in the new documentary, A Murder in Mansfield. The film chronicles Noreen’s son Collier’s journey for answers and peace in the aftermath of his mother’s death nearly three decades ago. A Murder in Mansfield will have its national television debut exclusively on Investigation Discovery this Saturday, November 17 at 9 PM (that’s Channel 139 for many local Spectrum subscribers).
The film was locally premiered at the Renaissance Theatre this past summer.
Eleven-year-old Collier Boyle and his family lived comfortably in Mansfield until New Year’s Eve in 1989, when Collier’s father, Dr. Jack Boyle, murdered Noreen, his wife of 20 years. With only circumstantial evidence connecting Dr. Boyle to the crime, Collier’s devastating testimony was the key to convicting him. Now, more than two decades later, Collier returns to Ohio seeking to retrace his past and confront his imprisoned father, who remains in denial of his guilt. The film had its world premiere at DOC NYC and played leading film festivals including Full Frame, AFI Docs and IDFA.
“Collier’s depth of character is a wonder to behold from childhood to adulthood, and out of his tragic story, we witness the power of human resilience,” said Kopple. “I am grateful that Collier has trusted me with his story, and believe this film shows the power of the human spirit, and our ability to rise above tragedy.”
“Families and friends of the victims of violence become secondary victims, often suffering a lifetime of post-traumatic stress,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Destination America and American Heroes Channel. “As a storyteller, there is no one better than Barbara Kopple to capture Collier’s life journey, and we are honored to partner with her and her team at Cabin Creek Films to bring ID viewers on his awe-inspiring journey of resilience and reconciliation.”
A Murder in Mansfield was produced for Investigation Discovery by Cabin Creek Films and is directed a produced by Barbara Kopple. For Cabin Creek, Barbara Kopple and David Cassidy are executive producers, and Ray Nowosielski is producer. Collier Landry and John Morrissey are also executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Diana Sperrazza is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Jane Latman is executive vice president of development, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America.
Source: Investigation Discovery press release, file reports