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Obligated To The Truth: Butte County cold case documentary

Five years after a still-unsolved murder, a local filmmaker is putting the story of a young black man who was killed in Butte County back into the public spotlight.

Posted: Sep 20, 2019 2:48 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2019 3:10 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Five years after a still-unsolved murder, a local filmmaker is putting the story of a young black man who was killed in Butte County back into the public spotlight.

Director of the film, Trudy Duisenberg said the case of murdered Chico State student, Marc Thompson was and is one that haunts her.

Duisenberg said she remembers the details from September 2014.

“A body has been found in a burning car in the hills above Oroville, tentatively identified as a student from Chico State,” Duisenberg said. Duisenberg said she did not know Thompson or his family but mentioned the case left an impact.

“It just kept eating away at me," Duisenberg said. "I'm going to tell the story, I’m going to find out this homicide stat, I’m going to chase it down and tell the story."

Her hope for the documentary is that it will help preserve who Thompson was. Also that it will insure his death is more than just a statistic.

“He was very fascinating, he was beloved, popular, admired,” Duisenberg said.

Duisenberg said during her research for the film, local law enforcement that initially worked the case declined to comment on the unsolved status of Thompson's death.

The film screens on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the El Rey theater in Chico at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10, with proceeds going towards the Marc Thompson scholarship fund.

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