'Dream/Killer' Is Coming To Netflix And It's The New 'Making A Murderer'
We watched gripped as lies, coercion, and alleged police coverups lead to Steven Avery's murder conviction - now fans of Making A Murderer will be able to watch a second true crime based on the sticky world of wrongful convictions.
Dream/Killer, based on the true story of a father who took on the American judicial system after his son Ryan Ferguson was wrongfully sentenced for murder, is coming to Netflix.
The documentary, which was first released in 2015, too stars Avery's powerhouse lawyer Kathleen Zellner, who featured in the second series of hit true crime, Making A Murderer.
Zellner, who acted as a lawyer for Ryan, tweeted the news that the documentary would be hitting the streaming service alongside - *spoiler alert* - a photo of her former client celebrating.
"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.
Yep, Ryan might be living his best life now, but his road to freedom was a complex one. The case at the heart of the story is a testament to the power of love, when a father refused to stop fighting for his son's innocence.
Here's what went down.
In 2001, a man called Kent Heitholt 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.
Chuck had been high on drugs while attending a number of 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 Ryan was later picked up by the FBI.
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.
"I don't know what the hell [Chuck is] talking about..." he told them. "I don't know if he's lying, I don't know if he was there. I am telling the truth... There's nothing else I can say or do to prove my innocence."
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.
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. It took less than six hours for the jury to find
Ferguson guilty of murder in the second degree and first-degree robbery. He was sentenced to a total of 40 years.
Ferguson's dad, Bill, 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.
We won't give away the ending, but it's a truly heart wrenching watch.
While we know form Kathleen's tweet that the show is coming to Netflix, we're not yet clear whether it will be screening in the UK.
Tyla contacted Netflix UK who could not confirm if/ when Dream/Killer was coming to the platform - but fear not, because a quick search online brought up loads of alternative ways to watch it.
Obviously we'd never condone watching illegal downloads, but some kind soul has even popped the two-hour documentary on YouTube here if you happen to come across it.
It's also available on iTunes.
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