Some documentaries simply ask to be made. The stories they bring to light are so baffling and unbelievable that you can hardly believe they happened for real. There are plenty of non-fiction films that are the work of filmmakers focusing their lens on such stories, and the latest to roll out on Netflix is The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker.
Released Tuesday, January 10, 2023, it’s a callback to one of the most viral moments of 2013. An interview by journalist Jessob Reisbeck for KMPH, a local California news station, made waves on social networks.
The interviewee? He identified himself as Kai and a myriad of memes followed as audiences championed the elusive stranger as a charismatic figure. However, it soon became known that his name was Caleb Lawrence McGillvary.
Now that you’ve seen the documentary, you’ll know he finally went to jail, but when is Hitchhiker Kai’s release date?
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When is Kai the hitchhiker released from prison?
McGillvary is due for release in October 2061 and will not be eligible for parole until he has served 85% of his sentence. The Sun reports that he has made a number of attempts to overturn his sentence, but they have failed, with an appeal dismissed as recently as August 2021.
National World reports that McGillvary is serving a 57-year sentence in New Jersey State Prison in Trenton. He was convicted of the first-degree murder of a 73-year-old man named Joseph Galfy in 2019. He was arrested for murder in connection with Galfy in May 2013, just months after he rose to internet fame.
McGillvary met Galfy in Times Square, reports The Sun, and the hitchhiker was invited to stay in Galfy’s spare room at his home on Starlite Drive in Clark, New Jersey. The documentary details that Galfy was later found dead in his home.
Although McGillvary claimed he acted in self-defense in an effort to prevent the sexual assaults, AP News reports that the medical examiner’s testimony said Galfy’s injuries showed evidence of “much more than just an effort to to thwart a sexual advance”.
The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker Incident
McGillvary’s sentence is unrelated to the incident he discusses in the 2013 viral interview.
That day, McGillvary alleged he was traveling as a passenger in the car of a man named Jett Simmons McBride, who he said rammed a pedestrian before proceeding to assault a woman , as reported by The Independent.
In response, McGillvary says he tried to stop McBride by hitting him in the head with a hatchet, hitting him three times. Twice with the blunt side of the weapon and finally with the sharp side.
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“We sincerely thank the jury for their service”
Following the verdict in the Galfy murder case after a four-week trial, Union County District Attorney Michael A Monahan issued a statement.
“This was a brutal, vicious and senseless crime and we are pleased that the interests of justice were served,” he said, Netflix Life reports.
“We sincerely thank the jury for their service and hope today’s verdict brings some comfort to Mr. Galfy’s family, friends and loved ones.”
The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker is streaming exclusively on Netflix.
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