Netflix's new documentary series looks at the shocking story that led Anthony Templet to kill his own father.
Who is Anthony Templet?
Templet's mother, Teresa Thompson, said her then seven year old son was snatched by her abusive partner Burt Templet who was already had three charges of assault against her. Two of the charges were later dropped.
Thompson reported her son missing and for 11 years she had no idea where Templet was or whether he was alive.
Unbeknownst to her, Templet was enduring years of abuse and isolation at the hands of his father.
He reveals in the documentary that his father never enrolled him in school and would track his every movement through CCTV in the house and a tracker app on his phone. He was also not allowed to go to doctor or dentist appointments.
Neighbours said Burt was extremely secretive of his son and that he was homeschooling him.
The father and son had an altercation then on June 13, 2019 which ended with Templet shooting his father three times.
The then 17-year-old rang emergency services and said his father had tried to attack him. "Then, we got into a fist fight. Then, I ran in his room, closed the door, and got a gun. As I unlocked the door, he tried to [inaudible] and then I shot him."
The teenager was arrested when police arrived on the scene. Family members came forward throughout the investigation to raise allegations of Bert's abuse.
In March 2021, Templet agreed to a plea deal for manslaughter and was given a five year supervised probation period. He also ordered attend counselling and work on getting a high-school diploma while going to school or keeping a job full-time.
Where is Anthony Templet now?
Templet has only surfaced to public attention through his interviews with the Netflix documentary directed by Skye Borgman. Borgman is known for her award-winning documentary Abducted in Plain Sight and also The Girl In The Picture.
Apart from his interviews, he has kept a low profile and is believed to be living in Louisiana.
Templet is also working to rebuild a relationship with his mother who lives in Texas, but Teresa acknowledges in the three-part series that it’s harder than she had hoped for after 11 years apart.
“I want to be his friend, because I know it’ll never be a mother/son relationship. That was the past,” she says.Featured Image Credit: Netflix