Recently on Facebook, we asked Q! listeners what series they’re binge-watching on Netflix. Making A Murderer was one of the series mentioned most.
Its obvious why after diving into the episodes; this is a riveting series.
The 10 episode series was filmed over 10 years by filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi. The true-crime drama focuses on Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who served 18 years in prison on a rape conviction before being exonerated by DNA evidence. Avery was released in 2003, only to be sent back to jail two years later for the murder of a young photographer.
Making a Murderer uses interviews and old media reports to tell Avery’s story. Viewers are divided on the guilt of Avery. Some viewers say Avery was railroaded for a second time. Some viewers (and case prosecutor Ken Kratz) say the filmmakers didn’t didn’t show all of the reasons why Avery was convicted. Avery maintains his innocence but police insist forensic evidence was overwhelming.
People mad at the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office have called and emailed. Making A Murderer has caused viewers to try and go to bat for Steven by launching whitehouse.gov and change.org petitions to get him released from prison.
The White House petition, named “Pardon Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey for their alleged involvement in the murder of Teresa Halbach,” has gained more than 8,000 signatures. But it’s a long ways off from the 100,000 signatures needed by January 19, to reach the goal.
The series took 10 years to make, and binge-watching you’ll finish the episodes in a couple of days. We’ll see if the filmmakers have a follow up to the case, and if the online petitions gain much traction to exonerate Avery or revive his defence.