Title........: Monster in the family
In the controversial documentary, John Kastner questions whether
Martin Ferrier is the monster that everyone has made him out to be.
In July 2004, one of Canada's most notorious criminals, Martin
Ferrier, found himself free after spending much of the past 15 years in
prison. With a media frenzy surrounding his release, Ferrier was back
behind bars in less than 12 hours. Monster in the Family reveals that
the 6-foot-5, 275-pound prisoner is actually a relatively minor violent
offender who has been demonized by the authorities, the media and, in an
unlikely twist, by his own mother.
After following Ferrier through the remaining days of his prison
term, Kastner believes that Ferrier does not actually pose a serious threat
to public safety. Described as "a wannabe serial killer" and labeled
"an incurable psychopath" and "a serial rapist," Ferrier's July, 2004
release made headlines across the country, even receiving a mention in
Stephen Harper's 2004 federal election campaign.
The documentary attributes the over-the-top media coverage of
Ferrier's last release from prison in 2004 to a public warning advisory
issued by the Peel Regional Police and fear mongering by Ferrier's mother
Judy Perry. Throughout the film, Kastner contacts various authorities who
know and have studied Ferrier throughout the years, many of whom disagree
with the labels used to describe him. "Ferrier is by no means an angel,"
said filmmaker John Kastner. "He deserved to have served prison time. But
somehow, a relatively minor violent offender has been transformed into a
major monster. I've filmed many violent offenders who are far worse than
this guy. I wanted to know why Ferrier has been so demonized." Perry has
led an unprecedented media campaign to try and declare her son as a dangerous
offender and keep him behind bars for life. The documentary contains many
surprising revelations about Perry's troubling history with her son, as
well as his relationship with the Peel Regional Police, and the shocking
treatment Ferrier endured while imprisoned in a provincial segregation cell.