A film producer interviewed Fr. Gordon MacRae in prison for a video documentary on Catholic priests falsely accused. The result is a gripping and compelling tale.
News Alert from the Editors of These Stone Walls
In 2011, Father Kenneth Gumbert, OP, a noted documentary film maker at Providence College, set out to produce a documentary on an under-reported aspect of the Catholic abuse crisis: The story of Catholic priests falsely accused. His research led him to the case of wrongly imprisoned priest, Father Gordon MacRae.
Father Gumbert then accomplished something that at first glance seemed impossible: He obtained clearance to bring a film crew into the New Hampshire State Prison for a riveting two-hour interview in support of this prisoner’s claim of actual innocence.
The documentary producers could not find a media outlet in America that would agree to share this story. Neither Church nor State officials would go on record to comment on it. The project just faded away, and this rare interview with Father MacRae became lost.
Eight years passed. In 2018 a flash drive containing the entire interview was discovered and forwarded to Father George David Byers in North Carolina. He in turn sent it to Attorney Franklyn Friday in Louisville, KY. Attorney Friday found it quite compelling and brought it to a videographer. It has been remastered, captioned, and published at YouTube.
In the entire 25-year odyssey of Father MacRae, he has never been able to testify, or utter a word, on his own behalf. This interview is the only recorded testament of his side of the story. It would greatly help the cause of justice if you share this post and make this story known.
This video interview is in two parts, each just under one hour in length. Charlene Duline, a retired U.S. State Department official, had planned to view them on two separate days. But after completing Part One she said, “This is absolutely fascinating!” She went right into Part Two.
Note that the audio portion of Part One begins about 15 seconds into the tape. Don’t miss this riveting account. Watch the videos on the new Youtube page dedicated to Father MacRae’s interview: THE FRIDAY ESQUIRE.