Skye Borgman is a more and more outstanding voice within the true crime documentary trade, as evidenced by the success of her “Abducted in Plain Sight” and “The Girl in the Picture” (each on Netflix), and as a result of her talent at conveying the small print of a case by a clearly empathetic eye. One can inform that Borgman cares about her topics, normally baby victims. True crime docuseries about children in bother can usually be exploitative, and even the development of Borgman’s tasks generally really feel like they’re utilizing actual trauma in a method to maximize shock worth. However what comes by in her work greater than something is how a lot she really feels for the folks she interviews, folks caught in a nightmare they couldn’t have probably imagined. Her newest topic is Anthony Templet, the younger man who uttered the phrases on June third, 2019 that give “I Just Killed My Dad” its title. He by no means denied capturing his father Burt Templet in Baton Rouge on that fateful evening. So this isn’t a whodunit. It’s a whydunit and one that forces viewers to ask themselves if we are able to have empathy for a boy who murdered his father.
From the very starting, Anthony’s crime appeared uncommon. He didn’t carry the identical emotion across the crime that somebody normally does after taking a life. His calm has an effect hinted at deep emotional scars, however, the early investigators couldn’t have had any thought about what they’d uncover within the Templet home. Even Burt’s family and friends didn’t totally grasp the depth of the ache he was inflicting on his household, Anthony specifically. He was an abusive alcoholic and a deeply controlling human being who monitored his son’s every exercise, holding him away from the world and even schooling. One will get the impression that Burt was at all times a monster, but it surely turned out that he was significantly protecting Anthony’s very existence as a result he had kidnapped the boy from his mom in Texas in 2008. Anthony would go on to allege that Burt’s escalating abuse led him to consider that Burt would kill Anthony quickly if one thing didn’t change, and the authorities couldn’t assist. He killed his dad as a result he had a no different selection.
The reality is that not all murders are equal, and there are two points of Anthony Templet’s homicide of Burt Templet that make it fascinating and sufficient for a Netflix collection: the historical past and the aftermath. Borgman’s docuseries spend a bit an excessive amount of time on the previous, generally repeating particulars in a means that feels designed to pad out a feature-length documentary right into a collection. However, what’s significantly irritating is that essentially the most attention-grabbing story right here begins when the collection actually ends. What occurs to Anthony Templet now? How does he deal with being reunited with the household he was torn from over a decade in the past? How does he deal with the trauma of his father’s abuse?
Borgman has an exceptional capacity to get a really shy, quiet younger man to open up as a lot as doable, however, “I Just Killed My Dad” might have been much more highly effective in even simply two to a few extra years. I’d like to meet up with Anthony at that time when the horror of what occurred to him has been positioned within the context of what’s hopefully a brighter future. The reality is that crime docuseries are so obsessive about case particulars and courtroom theatrics that the human tales usually get misplaced. Borgman does higher than most at avoiding that dynamic, but it surely seems like her workforce was rushed into this story just a little too early. It’s nonetheless being written.
After all, within the cutthroat world of true crime, ready to inform the story of Anthony Templet might be luxurious that Netflix couldn’t danger—another person would have made this collection first. And Borgman is aware of that the facility of this collection is in its remaining scenes when Anthony’s chilly have an effect on that startled these preliminary investigators begin to fall away and we see the wrestle inside coming to the floor. She doesn’t finish with salacious particulars. She ends with the shattered soul in the middle of this story and leaves us questioning if he can put the items collectively once more.