One of the most harrowing traumas the true crime documentary A Murder In Mansfield reveals is the toll Noreen Boyle’s murder took on her family. The film doesn’t reveal the fate of Collier Landry’s sister Elizabeth (or that of his unnamed half-sister), but when we spoke with Collier he explained his current relationship with both women.
‘It was completely cathartic’: Collier Landry on ‘A Murder in Mansfield’ and overcoming the trauma of his mother’s murder
When Collier Landry was eleven years old, his father, Jack Boyle, murdered Collier’s mother Noreen in the middle of the night and hid her body from police for a month. After Jack was convicted, Collier resolved to “do something positive” with the tragedy. A Murder in Mansfield, the resulting documentary film, explores the necessary difficulty of working through trauma. Collier spoke with us about the filmmaking process, his extended (and estranged) family, and the importance of letting go.
A Murder in Mansfield, from Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple and filmmaker Collier Landry, is the story of the murder that shook Collier’s life apart when he was just twelve years old. For the past 28 years, Collier has been almost completely cut off from his two siblings: his sister by adoption, who was three years old at the time of the murder; and his half-sister, born of his father’s mistress the following year.