Murder Matters, created by renowned craftsman Tommy MacDonald and his wife Rachel, features families of unsolved murder victims in America. The inspiration behind this series was the tragedy surrounding Tommy’s oldest sister Grace. She was murdered in November of 1990, and her killer remains at large. Tommy and Rachel believe one of the best ways to reminisce about lost loved ones is getting to work on a project. Murder Matters celebrates the lives of victims through DIY projects with surviving family members and friends, along with a glimpse of the victims stories told by the ones who love them most. Episodes will also include law enforcement agents who explain the facts of each case and close with a tip line to the proper authorities. The objective of Murder Matters is to humanize the victims and help solve cases.
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Grace's Story - Grace MacDonald
After 27 years, Tommy opens up about the unsolved murder of his sister Grace. Watch as he and his wife Rachel talk about their personal heart ache. Former Boston police commissioner, Ed Davis, gives us an update and provides the facts of the case.
Episode 01- Molly Bish
This episode features the disappearance and murder of Molly Bish, a teenage girl from western Massachusetts. Law enforcement expert, Ed Davis, shares the facts of the case. Tommy and Rachel hear Molly’s story told by the people who love her the most, cook Molly’s favorite food, and give her parent’s basement and former Molly Bish foundation headquarters a much needed facelift.
Thomas J. MacDonald is the former host, co-creator and co-executive producer of the WGBH series “Rough Cut-Woodworking with Tommy Mac”, a popular show tied to 4 Emmy nominations. Tommy’s first television appearance occurred on “Home Again with Bob Vila”. He subsequently became a successful podcaster with www.bobvila.com. In 2008, he produced a ‘first of its kind’ interactive series online at www.thomasjmacdonald.com building several projects with people from around the globe.
Currently Tommy has teamed up with his wife, Rachel, to pursue a compassionate production project that helps surviving families of cold case murder victims in America.
Rachel R. MacDonald shares with Tommy her passion for creation and helping others. She is a talented artist, formally trained in fine art with a concentration in sculpture and painting at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, where she hold a Bachelors degree. During her time at the art institute, Rachel spent time in Florence, Italy studying art restoration under the renowned restorer, Lorenzo Casamenti. Upon graduation, Rachel went to work as an art instructor and administrator at a local nonprofit arts and education center. She later went on to develop a nonprofit art outreach program, in collaboration with her grandfather, that served at risk children in the Brockton area of Massachusetts. Rachel also spent thirteen years as a personal trainer, working with special populations through adaptive exercise and helping clients with strength and weight loss goals. Rachel is dedicated to advocating for homicide victims through Murder Matters.