Although Netflix may have plenty of competition when it comes to certain genres, one category that they never fail to kill it in is true crime (no pun intended). The streaming service is constantly uploading new content, and if you're in need of something new watch, Dream/Killer on Netflix Canada is one of the most shocking true crime stories.
If you haven't yet heard of the 2015 documentary, Dream/Killer is about Ryan Ferguson, a then-20-year-old who was sentenced to 40 years in prison for a crime that he didn't commit. Ryan's father, Bill, was hurt immensely by his son's incarceration, so much so that he worked for 10 years to campaign for Ryan's innocence.
Fighting alongside Bill in the courtroom to defend Ryan was Kathleen Zellner, who's best known for her work on the Steve Avery case, which you can check out in the Netflix original, Making A Murderer.
The man murdered in Dream/Killer was Kent Heitholt, who had been found dead after being strangled with his own belt in his work's parking lot. The case remained unsolved for two years until an anonymous source tipped the police off to Chuck Erickson, that is.
Chuck was a friend of Ryan's, and the two were said to be seen attending Halloween parties together that night. Chuck also admitted to taking drugs and said that he didn't remember anything past 10:30 p.m.
Chuck then went on to incriminate himself and Ryan, resulting in a second-degree murder charge, and a first-degree murder charge, respectively.
Throughout his trial, Ryan insisted that he had no idea what had happened that night. The only real evidence was testimony from Chuck that had mysteriously come to him since speaking to police.
The movie was added to Netflix yesterday, November 20, but people have already watched it and are being blown away by the shocking story.
"You guys NEED to watch the doc Dream/killer on Netflix #RyanFergusen’s story is unreal, his dad is a hero and @ZellnerLaw is a badass," one user tweeted. "Ryan Ferguson learning that his documentary DreamKiller will be on Netflix starting 11/20. You wear freedom well my friend," tweeted Zellner herself.
If Dream/Killer sounds like something you would enjoy, you can check out the film's trailer below.