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Kathleen Zellner True-Crime 'Dream/Killer' Just Dropped On Netflix

Kathleen Zellner True-Crime 'Dream/Killer' Just Dropped On Netflix

Calling all Making A Murderer fans - a new documentary based on another wrongful conviction has been released on Netflix today (Wednesday, 20th November) - and it's a must-watch.

True crime doc Dream/Killer is based on a father Bill Ferguson, who took on the American judicial system after his son Ryan was wrongfully sentenced for murder.

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The two-hour documentary, which was first released in 2015, also stars powerhouse attorney Kathleen Zellner, who heavily featured in the second series of Making A Murderer as Steven Avery's lawyer.

The doc follows the 2001 murder of a man called Kent Heitholt, who was found dead in a carpark outside his place of work after being strangled with his own belt.

Two years later, while the case remained unsolved, police were offered a fresh lead when an anonymous call implicated a local man called Charles 'Chuck' Erickson.

If you were gripped by Steven Avery's story in 'Making A Murderer', you'll love this doc. (Credit: Netflix)
If you were gripped by Steven Avery's story in 'Making A Murderer', you'll love this doc. (Credit: Netflix)
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Chuck had been high on drugs while attending several Halloween parties on the night of the murder. He met his then 17-year-old friend, Ryan Ferguson, at around half 10, but couldn't remember anything afterwards.

Speaking of the crime, he said: "I didn't know if it was memory, or if it was a dream. I assumed that if I'd done it, Ryan and I did it to get more money for drinks."

Chuck later incriminated himself and his friend Ryan during a police interview, which was shown in the film, and was later picked up by the FBI.

It stars attorney Kathleen Zellner, who featured in the second series of 'Making A Murderer'. (Credit: Netflix)
It stars attorney Kathleen Zellner, who featured in the second series of 'Making A Murderer'. (Credit: Netflix)

In his police interview, Ferguson was told his friend had information of things that were never released to the press, but he maintained he had no idea what happened.

State prosecutor Kevin Crane then issued a statement informing the press that Chuck was being charged with murder in the second degree and Ferguson was being charged with murder in the first degree.

Another two years later, a then 20-year-old Ferguson stood trial, with the main evidence being testimony from Erickson who talked of memories that'd come to him since talking to the police.

The doc follows Bill Ferguson's fight to the innocence of his son Ryan. (Credit: Netflix)
The doc follows Bill Ferguson's fight to the innocence of his son Ryan. (Credit: Netflix)

Yet, Bill - Ryan's father - began his own amateur investigation in a bid to free his son but after presenting new leads and new witnesses an evidentiary hearing, the judge refused to grant a retrial and denied his appeal.

Kathleen Zellner, who acted as a lawyer for Ryan, tweeted the news in October that the documentary would be hitting the streaming service alongside a photo of her former client celebrating.

Ryan was wrongfully sentenced for murder. (Credit: Netflix)
Ryan was wrongfully sentenced for murder. (Credit: Netflix)

"Ryan Ferguson learning that his documentary DreamKiller will be on Netflix starting 11/20. You wear freedom well my friend," the 67-year-old said.

Already viewers have tweeted about the astounding true story and praised the 2015 doc.


One penned: "I've watched #DreamKiller before but as it aired on @NetflixUK today, thought I'd watch again. Bill Ferguson is a Hero.

"The same things happen over in these cases you see the parallels Chuck is Brendan and Crane is Kratz @lifeafterten @ZellnerLaw #TruthWins #TeamZellner."

We can't wait to watch his incredible story in full.

Dream/Killer is available to stream on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: True Crime, TV News, TV Entertainment, Making A Murderer

Lisa McLoughlin

Lisa is a freelance journalist working for Tyla and the team's token Dubliner. After graduating with a MA in PR and Digital Marketing from D.I.T., she worked for MailOnline, Sun Online, Irish Independent and broadcaster RTÉ. Got a story of interest or want advice on how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness? Then email her at [email protected]

 

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