The trailer for Murder in Boston: Roots, Rampage, and Reckoning previews the three-part HBO docuseries that focuses on decades-old racial tensions and brutal targeting amidst a media firestorm in the aftermath of a shooting.
“On October 23, 1989, Charles ‘Chuck’ Stuart places a frantic 911 call reporting that he and his pregnant wife, Carol, a white couple, have been shot by a Black man in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood,” per the official synopsis. “The ensuing investigation proves to be a lightning rod for the city, igniting decades-old racial tensions and brutal targeting amidst a media firestorm.”
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When will Murder in Boston debut?
The docuseries will debut on December 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. It will then be followed by episodes two and three on the following Mondays at the same timeslot. It will also be available on Max.
“After Carol succumbs to her injuries that night, Boston mayor Raymond Flynn declares a citywide manhunt for the killer,” the synopsis continues. “When Carol and Chuck’s baby also dies just days after being born, the homicides are thrust further into the spotlight.”
“As the mostly Black and Latino residents of Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood suffer aggressive raids, “stop and frisk” searches, and some questionable police tactics, the already fraught relationship between residents and Boston Police disintegrates. Fanned by the media uproar and simmering tensions, and with skepticism from the Black community and some members of the press about the veracity of Chuck’s story, the police face increasing pressure to solve the case and Boston is transformed into a powder keg as the quest for an arrest reaches a critical juncture.”
“Thoughtfully braiding extensive archive coverage of the incident, the years leading up to it, and its aftermath, with more than a dozen present-day interviews of people affected at the time including residents, community members, journalists who covered the case, Bennett family members, city officials and a retired Boston police officer, Murder in Boston chronicles the complex history of race-based hostilities in the city, “ the synopsis ends.
Murder in Boston hails from HBO Documentary Films in association with The Boston Globe. The series is directed and produced by Jason Hehir. Producers are Jake Rogal, Nicholas Eisenberg, and Jilllian Moosmamm. Executive producers are Joie Jacoby, Linda Pizzuti Henry and Dan Krockmalnic for The Boston Globe, and Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, and Sara Rodriguez for HBO.