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Run for your Life
Produced by: Alisa Siegel
It was a Friday. A sunny fall day, one year ago. Francine Mailly got up very early. She had taken the day off from her job as a clerk at the National Research Council and told her kids they wouldn't be going to school. She filled garbage bags with clothes as quickly as she could and tossed them in the trunk of her sister's car. Francine had to move fast because her husband Frank would be back from his shift at the post office at any time. And if he caught her trying to leave, she was doomed. Frank had warned Francine many times before: If you leave me, I'll kill you. On September 30th, 2005, a desperate Francine Mailly and her three children sped away from their Cumberland, Ontario home. But Francine didn't run far enough. Francine left behind two sisters who had tried desperately - over a number of years and in the best way they knew how - to help her get out of a violent marriage. Producer Alisa Siegel talks with them as they struggle to come to terms with the nightmare of Francine's life - and of her death. This program is part of our international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.

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Run for your life was produced by Alisa Siegel of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It airs as part of our international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.


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