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CTV – Program Alert – August 28, 2007

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CTV Documentaries Follows "Wannabe Serial Killer" Through his Controversial Release into the Community

  • Second Part of the CTV Original Documentary Monster in the Family Premieres Saturday, September 29 at 7 p.m.
  • CTV to Rebroadcast the Award-Winning Monster in the Family on September 22 at 7 p.m.

The police, media and the Prime Minister wanted him locked up for life and even his own mother said he would kill hundreds of people. But now, notorious criminal Martin Ferrier is coming out of prison to either fulfill the terrifying predictions made about him – or prove his critics wrong. Monster in the Family: The Struggle Continues follows the exploits of the career criminal as he leaves prison and struggles to turn his life around. From three-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker John Kastner, the CTV Original Documentary premieres Saturday, Sept 29 at 7 p.m. on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

The film is a continuation of the award winning CTV documentary (Monster in the Family) that was broadcast in June 2006. CTV will re-broadcast Part One of Monster in the Family on Saturday, September 22 at 7 p.m.

In Part One, Kastner challenged the notion that Ferrier – a man who made national headlines as an incurable psychopath, wannabe serial killer and rapist – was the monster everyone made him out to be. Rather, Kastner suggested Ferrier was a relatively minor offender who had been demonized by authorities, politicians, the media and even his own mother – a woman who led a national campaign to have her son locked up for life.

Now, one year later, Kastner follows Ferrier out on to the streets to see if he is able to turn himself into a law-abiding citizen, or if he is, in fact a real threat to society.

“If Martin succeeds, a lot of people are going to have egg on their faces after this broadcast,” says Kastner. “If he fails, I certainly will.”

Monster in the Family was critically acclaimed and was the recipient of several awards including, most recently, the prestigious Justicia Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism from the Department of Justice and the Canadian Bar Association.

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