Following the trajectory of his movie A Murder In Mansfield and podcast Moving Past Murder, Collier uses TikTok to talk about his mother’s murder — even reading out and reacting to letters that his father sent him from prison for TikToks. “It’s like an intimate conversation with me; I’m telling you right to the camera,” he said.
”I’ll get these messages when I read these letters from people who are like, ‘Oh my god, that was my ex-husband, or ex-boyfriend, or ex-girlfriend, or father, or mother, or uncle.’ They can recognize that for themselves, and then that, in turn, makes an impact in their lives,” Collier recalled. “Sharing all these intimate things helps me because I’m like, ‘Oh, this gives them purpose.’ The letters do no good if I’m not sharing them.”
Collier, like others mentioned in this piece, will sometimes get accused in the TikTok comment section of “exploiting” his mother’s murder. “I’m the reason why my father is in prison, just to keep it real. He would have gotten away with it,” Collier explained. “But people will attack that because they just can’t wrap their head around the fact that a father did this to a family and destroyed everything. […] I’ve only tried to use it as a platform to help myself and help others in a way that is constructive for society.”