BOSTON - Craftsman and Emmy-nominated television host Thomas MacDonald (Rough Cut: Woodworking with Tommy Mac) has just released a new documentary style episodic series Murder Matters. The show shines a light on families living in the shadow of an unsolved murder by taking on home and community projects that transform spaces and lighten the heart.
The first episode features the family of 16-year-old Molly Bish, whose disappearance and murder in June of 2000 rocked her hometown of Warren, Massachusetts and prompted the largest search in the state's history. Over five short segments, Tommy and his wife Rachel visit the Bish family home, and hear details of Molly's disappearance from her mother Magi. The series features case commentary from former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis and conversations with siblings John Jr. and Heather magnifying the loss and strength of a family living with unsolved murder.
Series host Tommy Mac (right) stands with Magi Bish in front of a renovated space in the Bish family home.
Leaning on his years as a professional carpenter and woodworker and his own experiences, Mac works to transform and update the company's neglected home.
"Tommy changed my life box by box, container by container, and cupboard by cupboard," says Magi Bish. "Who would have thought sharing our stories of Grace and Molly would provide time to find me again?"
"Too often these families [of murder victims] become forgotten, or stuck," says MacDonald, who lost his sister Grace to an unsolved murder in 1990. "We want to give them an opportunity to tell their story, to tell the world about their loved one, and to do something positive in their home or community. There's no such thing as 'moving on' from a loss like this, but moving forward and finding joy in life again is priceless."
Currently the MacDonalds look forward to aligning with inspired production and distribution partners. "There are roughly 7,000 unsolved murders every year," says MacDonald. "Countless devastated families will be helped by our show."
Murder Matters is available for streaming through its website, the Tommy Mac Facebook Watch Page, and on the Murder Matters Facebook Page.
After attending the renowned North Bennet Street School, Tommy Mac first hit the airwaves nationally in 2009 as host/writer/executive producer of the WGBH series, Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac. The show was an instant success, accruing multiple Emmy Nominations and several Telly Awards, including a Silver, along the way. After seven years, Mac was replaced as host, launching multiple lawsuits.
MacDonald is a wood industry favorite and a perennial presence a trade shows, where he is a spokesman for Pony Tools, Inc. and other suppliers such as Titebond. His show was often sponsored by Woodcraft, and he and has become involved in educating children across North America as the Celebrity Spokesperson of the Hardwood Forest Foundation.
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