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Girl in the Picture. Suzanne Sevakis in Girl in the Picture. Courtesy of Netflix

The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker

What The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker Doesn't Tell You About Jett McBride true crime

Caleb “Kai” Lawrence McGillvary giving an interview in 2013. Courtesy of Netflix

In 2013, a man calling himself “Kai” who was later identified as Caleb Lawrence McGillvary got famous overnight when a TV interview he gave to a local Fresno, Calif. news station went viral. McGillvary was lauded as a hero for saving a woman at the scene of a car accident by wielding a hatchet on her attacker, hence the nickname “hatchet wielding hitchhiker.” That is, until three months later when he was accused of murder.

Netflix’s brand new The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker documentary is full of twists and turns that you won’t see coming. And if you want to know more details that aren’t mentioned in the documentary, here are 7 things you might not know about Kai The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker — and some more details about Jett McBride, the man on whom he wielded the hatchet.

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