In The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker, Netflix’s newest true crime doc, a reporter opines that Caleb “Kai” McGillvary, the hatchet wielding hitchhiker of the title, might have been carrying a hatchet on Feb. 1. 2013, for cover. He was, in any case, homeless — or home-free, to make use of McGillvary’s phrase — and may need needed the hatchet for self-defense.
As viewers of the documentary know, he ended up utilizing it to defend another person. On that fateful day, McGillvary accepted a trip from motorist Jett McBride, who quickly grew to become unhinged: He plowed his automotive into an electrical firm development crew, then attacked a lady whereas claiming to be Jesus Christ and making racist remarks. McGillvary struck him repeatedly to avoid wasting her.
McBride’s lawyer, Scott Baly, responded to MovieMaker and clarified that McBride was discovered not responsible by purpose of madness at his Dec. 2013 trial for hitting and injuring the utility employee.
This led to an look on Jimmy Kimmel Stay through which he advised Kimmel his supposed purpose for carrying the hatchet: carpentry. Curiously, the second is disregarded of the Netflix doc, maybe as a result of it’s arduous to inform if Kai is critical or kidding. He advised Kimmel he was “making an attempt to do that actually cool ass treehouse with willow hooks” that will have additionally had a dreamcatcher, tarps, and sheets with moss for insulation. He additionally talked about “a crab entice” that will go “inside a sizzling water tank heater.”
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Kimmel joked: “You’re gonna do all that with a hatchet? What is that this some magical hatchet that you simply wave and contractors seem?”
“No, I’m only a badass [expletive]” Kai replied.
Many authorities take every thing McGillvary says with many grains of salt. When he first grew to become a viral sensation due to his hatchet wielding on McBride, he uncared for to say that he had been a passenger within the automotive when McBride drove it into the crew.
And as The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker grimly lays out, simply three months after he was praised as a hero, McGillvary was accused within the homicide of a New Jersey lawyer, Joseph Galfy. McGillvary says he went dwelling with Galfy after assembly him in Instances Sq., however awakened the following day believing he’d been sexually assaulted. The following night time, discovering himself with nowhere to remain, he returned to Galfy’s dwelling — the place he says he was assaulted once more. It was then that he repeatedly struck Galfy, inflicting his demise.
Prosecutors questioned the sexual assault declare, questioning why Kai would return to Galfy’s dwelling after being assaulted there the night time earlier than. McGillvary was sented to serve a 57-year-prison sentence within the homicide.
McBride, in the meantime, was discovered insane in 2014 and ordered to obtain remedy at a California psychological hospital.
The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker is now streaming on Netflix.
Fundamental picture: Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker, aka Caleb “Kai” McGillvary in an interview instantly after the hatchet incident.