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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.

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.

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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)

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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)
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"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.

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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, Netflix

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