As one of the most shocking true crime documentaries released on Netflix this year, I Just Killed My Dad sent reverberations across the entire nation. In fact, it had a global impact.
The three-part documentary follows the story of Anthony Templet, a 17-year-old boy living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his father, Burt Templet. In 2019, local reporters broke the news that Anthony had killed Burt.
At first, this sounded like a case of teenage angst. Did Anthony have an outburst because his father refused to let him play video games? Or was Anthony just a cold-blooded murderer who had been planning this for a while?
Anthony had, in fact, called 9-1-1 and uttered the spine-chilling words, “I just killed my dad.” Astonishingly, there’s more to this story than meets the eye. In this blog, we’ll cover more ground and leave some details for you to discover on your own.
Anthony Didn’t Have It Easy
As you start watching the documentary without knowing anything, you expect the blame to land on Anthony—and it does. But there’s a lot more to it.
Anthony had a very difficult upbringing. The documentary reveals his relationship with his father, Burt, and the abusive environment he was placed in. In 2008, when he was five years old, Anthony was stolen from his mother and kidnapped by Burt.
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Burt isolated Anthony and refused to send him to school. Growing up, Anthony lacked social skills. He couldn’t read or write. He was also regularly abused by his father mentally, emotionally, and physically.
As a child, Anthony didn’t have the happy upbringing every kid deserves. He grew up scared, angry, bitter, resentful, and meek. The blame for this exclusively fell on his father.
The Case Against Anthony Templet
The documentary reveals that Anthony was charged with second-degree murder. We will not reveal whether his charges were dropped or not. Was Anthony convicted and sent to prison? Or did the prosecutors confirm that he acted in self-defense?
The documentary digs deeper into the case and helps viewers understand how the jury perceived the case. Based on the evidence presented, they took a strong stance. I Just Killed My Dad is now streaming on Netflix.
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