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Everyone Is Branding 'Dream/Killler' As The 'Best Documentary They've Ever Watched'

Everyone Is Branding 'Dream/Killler' As The 'Best Documentary They've Ever Watched'

True crime docs have become the go-to watch in 2019 and the latest Netflix offering Dream/Killer has proved that once again after viewers branded it "one of the best documentaries" they've ever watched.

Now that's quite the statement.

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The two-hour feature, which arrived on the streaming service yesterday (20th November), is based on a father Bill Ferguson, who took on the American judicial system after his son Ryan was wrongfully sentenced of murder.

The 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.

It 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.

The doc follows Bill Ferguson, who took on the American judicial system after his son Ryan was wrongfully sentenced of murder. (Credit: Netflix)
The doc follows Bill Ferguson, who took on the American judicial system after his son Ryan was wrongfully sentenced of murder. (Credit: Netflix)
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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 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.

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.

Bill presented new leads and new witnesses an evidentiary hearing. (Credit: Netflix)
Bill presented new leads and new witnesses an evidentiary hearing. (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.

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.

Since it's release true crime fans have been raving about the gripping watch. (Credit: Netflix)
Since it's release true crime fans have been raving about the gripping watch. (Credit: Netflix)

Since it's release true crime fans have been raving about the gripping watch and taken to Twitter to discuss it.

One viewer penned: "Dream/Killer is by far, one of the best documentaries I've ever watched."

"Dream/Killer on Netflix was amazing," another shared. "10/10 @lifeafterten my heart goes out to you!!!"

A third wrote: "Absolutely keep going. Just watching Dream/killer... unbelievable."

Dream/Killer is available to stream on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: True Crime, TV News, TV Entertainment

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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