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Is 'I Just Killed My Dad' on Netflix based on a true story?

Jen Thomas

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Is 'I Just Killed My Dad' on Netflix based on a true story?

I Just Killed My Dad is a new series coming to Netflix that is sure to get everyone talking, but is it based on a true story?

Horrifyingly, the documentary series is a true-crime tale, based on real events of a 17-year-old fatally shooting his father back in June 2019 and the fallout that followed.

The new three-part series was directed by Skye Borgman, who was also the brains behind the award-winning (and equally terrifying) Abducted in Plain Sight, and The Girl In The Picture. This seems like it will be another success for the creative.

The official synopsis for I Just Killed My Dad reads: “Anthony Templet shot his father and never denied it. But why he did is a complex question with profound implications that go far beyond one family.”


What makes I Just Killed My Dad different from other series like it, is the fact that Templet himself appears in the documentary to talk about what happened and why. Elsewhere in the series, other interviewees describe Templet as “a blank slate” without “empathy”.

The trailer features him insisting: “I shouldn’t be charged with anything because I didn’t do anything wrong.”


There are questions about his childhood, and accusations of kidnap and aggression with rumours that Burt tormented his family, but what is the truth behind what happened?

Templet himself says he had a troubled upbringing with his father, Burt. The trailer ends with the 911 call he made in June 2019 that gives the series the title.

He told 911 operators: “He tried to attack me. 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.”

He confessed: “I just killed my dad.”


I Just Killed My Dad will be available to stream on Netflix on 9 August.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: True Crime, Netflix, TV and Film

Jen Thomas
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