Murder Matters, hosted 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 the best ways to reminisce about lost loved ones is getting to work in the kitchen preparing that person’s favorite foods and on a project. Murder Matters celebrates the lives of victims through DIY projects and cooking segments with surviving family members and friends. 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 bringing closure to surviving families of cold case murder in America.
For live feeds and supportive content, we intend to produce a series of short interviews with a wide variety of guests to deepen the discussion about murder in America and how we as a society can improve our understanding of the effects of unsolved murder on families and communities.
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 a former host and producer of “Rough Cut-Woodworking with Tommy Mac”, a popular show tied to 4 Emmy nominations, distributed since 2010 on PBS APT. 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 is a talented artist, cook and personal trainer. She holds a bachelors degree in fine art with a concentration in sculpture and painting from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. 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 arts and education center. She later went on to develop a nonprofit art outreach program, in collaboration with her grandfather, that served children in the impoverished Brockton area of Massachusetts. Recently Rachel returned to another one of her passions, working with special populations through adaptive exercise and helping clients with strength and weight loss goals as a personal trainer. Over the last twelve years she has held a variety of personal training certificates and is currently certified by the nationally accredited NSPA(National Strength Professionals Association). Since a very young age, Rachel has been an avid at home cook and developed many of her own recipes. She finds the most joy creating in her kitchen and studio, that she shares with her husband, Tommy.