‘The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker’ OTT Release Date: Crime Documentary ‘The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker’ to be available to watch online on Netflix on January 10


  • The video showcasing Kai and his story went viral among media channels and publications
  • The first video uploaded by Jesson Reisbeck in 2013 has garnered over 7.8 million views to date
  • Fans can watch The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker on Netflix from January 10, 2023

Netflix has aced the game in presenting documentaries, and over the years, several shows have gained popularity on the platform. The new year, 2023, will also begin with a highly spoken-about documentary, The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker, which will stream on the platform soon.

The Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker: OTT Release Details

Directed by Colette Cadman, The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker is based on a viral video of a man named Kai. The video was shared by a California-based reporter first and several times later on the internet in February 2013, eventually getting national attention in the press. Controversial in nature, the documentary showcases “a happy-go-lucky nomad’s ascent to viral stardom and the steep downward spiral that resulted in his imprisonment.”

Presented as a Netflix Original, fans can watch The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker on Netflix on January 10, 2023.

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The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker: About the Controversy

The video shared in 2013 became famous for several reasons, eventually being made in several versions, which also garnered millions of views. The narration was made by a man who called himself ‘Kai’ and described that the events he was sharing were seen by him while he was still on the scene. Recollecting the experience, he shares about being picked up by Jett Simmons McBride, a 300-pound man claiming to be Jesus Christ, who says he raped a 14-year-old girl in the Virgin Islands while on a business trip.  He further adds about helping a pedestrian who was crushed by McBride’s car by removing a hatchet from his backpack and striking McBride on the head. His reenactment of the story leads to several interrogations by the police, and eventually to being set free. What follows are events stating the truth, the fund group formed by supporters, murder convictions, and more.

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The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker: About the Viral Video

The first video uploaded by Jesson Reisbeck in 2013 garnered a lot of attention, eventually making over 7.8 million views by December 2021, Parts of it were also turned into a song and a video garnering over 10 million views in a short time. The inside edition of the interview was also uploaded on YouTube and had over 7.5 million views till the time of the show announcement in November 2022.

Documentaries like The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker on Netflix

Meanwhile, fans of crime documentaries can enjoy watching shows like the Indian Predator series, Tinder Swindler, The College: Admissions Scandal, Our Father, Icarus, Murder by the Coast, American Murder: The Family Next Door, Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator, and more.


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