Notice of Release: A Daughter's Journey to Forgive her Mother's Killer

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20th Century (multiple decades)

Stephanie Cassatly

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A daughter finds her mother's murderer 20 years after her death and struggles to forgive him before he dies in the notorious Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana. Only then does she realize she has been as much of a prisoner as him.



Short Summary

The daughter goes to Angola State Penitentiary 20 years after her mother's murder to visit the grave of the man who killed her. It's a bleak and cloudy day when she arrives at the imposing gates of the maximum-security prison, 900 miles from her home in Florida.

After the daughter has forgiven her mother's killer and he dies, she finds the killer's mother to fill in gaps of the killer's complex life. Only then is she able to shed the weight of the past and unlock her future. She comes to see that forgiving her mother's killer is a journey to find herself.


New Orleans, Angola State Penitentiary, South America, Florida

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Stephanie Cassatly - daughter and narrator

Age: 40's

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Engaging,Faithful,Desperate

Additional Character Details

Name: Jeanne Marban - mother

Age: 48 when she was killed

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Underdog,Uneducated,Empathetic,Complex,Gracious,Honorable,Selfless,Obedient,Modest,Charming

Additional Character Details

Name: Nathan Wolfe - killer

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Villainous,Complex,Criminal

Additional Character Details

Name: Enrique Angel Gutierrez Marban - father

Age: 40's

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Narcisstic,Greedy,Secretive

Development Pitch

Forgiveness is a complex topic that virtually everyone struggles with, including forgiving oneself. Whether forgiving the killer of a loved one or something much smaller, this movie will speak to anyone who has ever been deeply hurt or victimized. It's a personal chronicle of a young woman seeking peace following the traumatic death of her mother twenty years ago. Told with searing honesty and reflection, it will make viewers' hearts both ache and sing. In our current culture of hate, gun violence and vengeance, this movie is a road map for people everywhere. This dramatic movie will inspire and heal.

About The Author

When I was 18, my mother was shot and killed in a store robbery in New Orleans. Twenty years later, I found my mother’s killer and forgave him while he served a life sentence in the notorious Angola State Penitentiary. It was then that I realized that I had been as much of a prisoner as he was. My memoir, "Notice of Release: A Daughter’s Journey to Forgive Her Mother’s Killer," was published by eLectio Publishing in 2017 and was also the recipient of the prestigious Nautilus Book Award (Better Books for a Better World). I am a contributor to The Forgiveness Project, an international nonprofit storytelling project that chronicles individual narratives and explores the boundaries, possibilities and universal nature of forgiveness. I speak publicly on the topic of forgiveness and restorative justice in concert with teachings by renowned peacemakers such as Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Simon Wiesenthal and Desmond Tutu. I hold a master’s degree in writing and my work has also appeared in journals and anthologies. I teach writing and reside with my husband in Florida. Together we have two grown daughters. Learn more about me at

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: eLectio Publishing

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available