I killed my father by shooting him in the head three times – I wanted him dead but a sinister twist meant I escaped prison

ON June 3, 2019, Anthony Templet called 911 and calmly told the operator, “I just killed my father. I shot him three times.”

Anthony, then 17, had two guns and shot his father, Burt Templet, in the head at their Louisiana home – leaving him dead.

Anthony Templet called 911 and said he killed his father in June 2019

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Anthony Templet called 911 and said he killed his father in June 2019Photo credit: WAFB
But Burt Templet had mentally and physically abused his son for years

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But Burt Templet had mentally and physically abused his son for yearsPhoto credit: Netflix

Despite admitting to the crime and showing no physical signs, acting in self-defense, the teen evaded prison and received five years of supervised probation.

It was a phrase his family – including Templet’s wife, Anthony’s stepmother Susan Templet – had been pushing for when the harrowing reason he pulled the trigger came to light.

Anthony had endured years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his neglectful father, having been snatched from his mother when he was five and held hostage for over 10 years.

He didn’t go to school and was rarely allowed out of the house because his father had security cameras set up around the house and tracking apps installed on his phone.

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The 20-year-old tells how during his father’s tantrums he was “punched, thrown and kicked” and “sometimes wouldn’t stop for hours”.

“He always wanted to know everything,” Anthony recalls. “I was always followed by something, be it a camera or a mobile app.

“He wanted to be in control of everything, me and the rest of the family in this house. I knew he was trying to control me.”

Susan also fell victim to Templet’s warped surveillance operation. She explains: “Burt had an app on his phone – every time a camera moved, he would get a text about what was going on.

“Every time I turned off my car’s engine, it got a warning that it was off.”

Pointing to the camera in her driveway, she continues, “If I had parked here, he could know what time I was getting home from the grocery store and how many bags I was taking with me.”

Writing lessons at age 10

Anthony was taught his ABCs from the age of 10 by his stepmother, Susan

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Anthony was taught his ABCs from the age of 10 by his stepmother, SusanPhoto credit: Netflix

Susan became a mother figure to Anthony, to whom Templet informed that his birth mother, Teresa Thompson, was dead. He met Susan eight months after leaving her.

She taught Anthony his name, date of birth, address and phone number, and his “ABC” when he was 10 after Templet stopped him from going to school.

She says: “Anthony is my child. I don’t see him as a stepson.

“I see him as my child because I know he has no one. He has no one behind him.”

“I made him write his ABCs over and over like detention, teaching him addition, subtraction, and multiplication.

“But when it came to division, his father told me not to teach him because he could only use a calculator.”

I see Anthony as my child because I know he has no one. He has no one behind him

Susan Templet

Susan and Templet discussed sending Anthony to school when he was 16, but at that point his appallingly low level of education would have put him in a class of eight to ten year olds.

Susan’s son Peyton describes the atmosphere the house had when Templet was there.

“You walked a fine line there,” he says. “One minute the house is silent, the next second the dishes are being thrown and there’s screaming.

“It was nothing but shoving and hitting. He called me ‘fat ass’, ‘stupid motherfu*****’, sometimes shoved a jenga box on my head as hard as he could.

“Very seldom lived there anything but hell.”

Susan adds, “The physical abuse would have been weekly and the verbal abuse every other day.”

Deadly threat

Susan finally made up her mind in March 2019 after a horrific incident in which Templet threatened to kill her. She reported it to the police.

She recalled, “The night before I left we were laying in the bedroom and Burt slapped me in the face, walked away from me, turned back around with the most satanic look in his eyes and said, ‘You have no idea what I’m able, little girl.’

“So I called a hotel the next morning and booked a room for two months.

“If I had tried to take Anthony I would be dead because there would have been no safe rock to hide under. I had no choice.”

Drink 24 cans of beer a day

Burt Templet started drinking 24 cans of beer the day after Susan left

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Burt Templet started drinking 24 cans of beer the day after Susan leftPhoto credit: Netflix

That was the beginning of the end for Templet, who Anthony said started drinking up to 24 cans of beer a day.

“When Susan left, it devastated him,” he says. “He started drinking more than normal and that compounded the abuse.

“I stayed in my room all the time, that’s all I wanted to do. There wasn’t really much I could do without angering him, so I just tried to be as invisible as possible.”

With police frequently knocking on the door to deliver court documents to him, Templet kept loaded guns with him day and night, forcing Anthony to hide whenever anyone passed.

It was do or die. I felt my life was in danger and nobody could help me

Anthony Templet

On June 3, Templet discovered his son had spoken to Susan on the phone – although he was “banned” from doing so.

It quickly escalated and ended with Anthony putting a bullet in his father’s head.

Anthony recalls: “He got violent towards me and lost his composure. he was on me I locked the door for him.

“He kicked in the door, so I got guns off the top shelf.

“I thought that was the worst thing I’ve ever seen and my life was really in danger. It got to a point where it was so crazy, it was for me.

“It was about life. I felt like my life was in danger and nobody could help me.”

Reunited with Mom

Anthony was snatched from his birth mother by Templet when he was five years old

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Anthony was snatched from his birth mother by Templet when he was five years oldPhoto credit: Netflix

On January 26, 2021, Anthony’s attorney, Jarrett Ambeau, managed to get him a plea deal rather than face prosecution for manslaughter.

Anthony was released and ordered to complete his high school diploma and seek counseling as a condition of his parole contract.

He was also finally reunited with his biological mother, Teresa, after being released from custody.

Reflecting on the ordeal, Anthony says: “It’s very important to feel in control of your life.

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“Your freedom is taken away from you in prison, and I value it a little bit more now.

“I just want to live normally and be happy and move on.”

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