The latest documentary to hit Netflix Dream/Killer is a must-watch according to viewers, who has branded it “one of the best documentaries” they’ve ever watched. Well, with the number of true crime documentaries out there, that’s a bold statement to make.
The true-crime documentary hit online streaming service Netflix yesterday and has already had viewers claim it is everything you want from a crime documentary, gripping and tense.
The two-hour feature focuses on a father, Bill Ferguson, who took on the American judicial system when his son Ryan was wrongfully convicted of murder.
The documentary was originally released in 2015 and stars powerhouse attorney Kathleen Zellner, who you may have heard of from hit documentary Making A Murderer, who featured heavily in the second series as Steven Avery’s lawyer.
This case follows the 2001 murder of a man named Kent Heitholt, who was discovered dead outside his place of work in the carpark, having being stranged with his own belt.
Two years later, the case remains a mystery. Until police are given a tip by an anonymous call which implicates a local man called Charles ‘Chuck’ Erickson.
On the night of the murder, Chuck had been high on drugs whilst attending several Halloween parties. At approximately half 10, Chuck went to meet his then 17-year-old friend Ryan Ferguson but doesn’t remember what happened next.
During a police interview, Chuck ended up incriminating himself and Ryan, which is shown in the film, and the case was picked up by the FBI.
In the police interview, Chuck was informed by investigators that his friend had information on things that were not released to the press, but Chuck remained clueless to what happened the rest of that night.
Kevin Crane, the state prosecutor, followed this with a statement to the press, informing them that Chuck was going to be charged with murder in the second degree, and Ferguson would be charged with murder in the first degree.
Two years later, then 20-year-old Ferguson stood trial to plead his case, his main piece of evidence was testimony by Erickson, who recalled memories of things that had happened that night, which he had not remembered at the time of talking to the police.
However, Bill, Ryan’s father, decided that to save his son he would have to begin his own amateur investigation in order to give his son any chance at freedom. Despite presenting new leads and witnesses during an evidentiary hearing, the judge refused to grant Bill’s son a grant retrial and his appeal was therefore denied.
After watching, people have taken to Twitter to share their views on the puzzling documentary.
— Emma Kapotes ➡️ EDC Orlando (@emmakapotes) November 21, 2019
The documentary ‘Dream/Killer’ on Netflix is a fascinating look at judicial corruption. Definitely worth a watch! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ pic.twitter.com/ewArKtAHJ2
— Dan Bennett (@DanMBennett) November 21, 2019
Just watched dream/killer on @netflix. Crazy how aggressive cops are when they can’t handle the truth, and don’t do their job. Never get questioned by cops without an attorney by your side if your ever arrested / questioned. @ZellnerLaw #MakingAMurdurer
— Tim Merrill (@timm_merrill) November 21, 2019
Dream/Killer is officially available to stream on Netflix.
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