Making a Murderer


Crime Documentary

Is there anyone who has missed the documentary Making a Murderer? It is a somber crime documentary mostly consisting of courtroom footage, recorded phone calls and conversations with relatives, attorneys and police. The Netflix series has become a phenomenon and few series have engaged the public this much. People cannot stop discussing the case and drawing their own conclusions. I bet we will see many similar series in the near future.

Steven Avery

The series follow the American Steven Avery, who was convicted of attempted rape in 1985. He served 18 years in prison until he was exonerated thanks to DNA evidence and another man was convicted instead. Steven Avery then started a civil lawsuit process against the sheriff’s department and district attorney of Manitowoc County. When the conclusion was near Steven was accused of murder. The photographer Teresa Halbach had been murdered and the evidence pointed to Steven. The question throughout the series is whether or not he will be convicted and spend the rest of his life behind bars.

“They’re not just going to hand Steven Avery $36 million” —Kim Ducat, Steven’s cousin

Guilty or Not?

The goal of the series was not to express Steven’s guilt (or innocence) but to discuss the American justice system. Regardless of his guilt, the case was handled in a highly irresponsible way and I doubt anyone can help but be touched when Steven’s underage nephew Brendan Dassey says: ”I’m stupid, Mom… I’m really stupid.”

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