BEYOND HUMAN NATURE
November 1992. It’s a bone-chilling evening in Green Bay, Wisconsin, as paper mill worker Tom Monfils is discovered at the bottom of a pulp vat with a 40-pound weight tied around his neck. Immediately, Monfils’ death is presumed a homicide. Local law enforcement quickly generates a list of suspects among his co-workers. At the top of the list is Keith Kutska, a man who Monfils had recently butted heads with in a very public way. Scrappy detective Randy Winkler spearheads a blistering investigation, but questions linger about his methods. Three years later, the Monfils Six are handed down life sentences before a split courtroom, evoking both sighs of relief and cries of despair. 30 years later, many members of this divided community – including Monfils’ brother – remain convinced of their innocence. So the question persists: Are the Monfils Six a pack of bloodthirsty killers, or did six innocent family men fall prey to a wrongful conviction?
Michael Neelsen‘s newest documentary, BEYOND HUMAN NATURE, tells the story of the heinous death of Tom Monfils and how it leads to chaos in a small town paper mill. This homicide investigation will upend people’s lives for decades. It is one hell of a mystery.
The structure consists of reenactments, sit-down interviews with witnesses and the accused, alongside minute-by-minute corroborating video and photographic evidence. The score feels like a throwback to Unsolved Mysteries. BEYOND HUMAN NATURE is right up the alley of true-crime obsessives. It has that classic editing style that remains timeless.
What sets it apart is the case itself. The deliberate and malicious acts by the Green Bay Police Department set off a whirlwind of betrayal and death. Serious questions remain all these years later. If you think you know how this story ends, think again. The twists and turns are endless.
BEYOND HUMAN NATURE highlights the public pressure to solve a case. It tackles the emotional trauma of the wrongly accused and the ensuing chaos affecting the families involved. It is undeniably intriguing storytelling. This case will forever stick in the far regions of my brain.
Available Digitally May 2, 2023
Directed by: Michael Neelsen
Written by: Michael Neelsen and Joe Pudas
Featuring interviews with: Mike Piaskowski, Randy Winkler, Cal Monfils, John Zakowski, Steve Kaplan, Francine Enright, Steve Stein, Amanda Williams, Earl Kellner, Denis Gullickson, Brian Kerhin, and Ann Klemm
*Official Selection – 2023 Green Bay Film Festival*
*Official Selection – 2023 Milwaukee Film Festival*
*Official Selection – 2023 Wisconsin Film Festival*
When a man is murdered by drowning in a paper pulp vat, a small mill town clamors for justice, and his brother comes face to face with the slippery nature of objective truth. Michael Neelsen’s documentary Beyond Human Nature chronicles the grisly Tom Monfils homicide investigation of 1992 through the eyes of the people who lived it.
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