Just when you think you’ve seen everything true crime documentaries have to offer, a new project is commissioned with wilder stories than you could ever imagine.
Hulu’s latest offering, Dead Asleep, revolves around the question: Can you commit murder while asleep? Well, this was the defence used in the case of Brooke Preston, who was brutally killed in March 2017 by her friend Randy Herman Jr.
As the trailer for the upcoming documentary is released, true crime fans are ready to unfurl the mysterious case of Randy Herman Jr’s somnambulism and subsequent crime. If you can’t wait until Dead Asleep gets its release later this month, we’ve uncovered what happened to Randy after Brooke’s murder.
Hulu’s Dead Asleep explores the Brooke Preston murder
Dead Asleep explores the 2017 murder of Brooke Preston, a 21-year-old living in West Palm Beach, Florida. She shared a home with Randy Herman Jr, who was 24 at the time.
According to Newswatch 16, who spoke to her friends, Brooke and Randy had grown up together in Pennsylvania and graduated from Wyalusing High School. They later moved to Florida and moved in together.
One morning, a hungover Randy woke to find Brooke murdered at the residence. She had been fatally stabbed 25 times. As we hear Randy admit in a 911 call in Dead Asleep’s trailer, he tells the operator: “Someone’s been murdered, just send the police […] it was me. I’m sorry.”
The Hulu series will explore the murder and Randy Herman Jr’s defence, which was that he was prone to sleepwalking and had unknowingly killed Brooke while asleep.
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What happened to Randy Herman Jr?
Randy Herman Jr was charged with the murder of Brooke Preston in May 2019. He is currently serving a life sentence in Florida, although the prison where he is incarcerated is unknown.
HIs lawyers not only used the sleepwalking defence, they also pleaded insanity. However, the 12-person jury found Randy Herman Jr guilty of first-degree murder.
Judge John Kastrenakes sentenced Herman Jr to the mandatory term of life in prison.
How to watch Dead Asleep
If the trailer has piqued your interest, you’ll be curious to know how to watch Dead Asleep.
The documentary, made by the award-winning creators of Abducted In Plain Sight, is undoubtedly going to be one of Hulu’s biggest productions to round out the year.
Rather than the documentary series format that has become popular on streaming sites such as Netflix and Hulu, Dead Asleep is a feature-length film. It premieres on Hulu on Thursday, 16 December 2021.