Making A Murderer was likely part of many a Netflix binge over the holiday weekend.
With said binge-watching came lots of unanswered questions about the man who was the focus of Making A Murderer.
Netflix’s original series, Making A Murderer, followed the story of a man who was released from prison after serving 18 years for a crime he didn’t commit. DNA evidence later exonerated Steven Avery.
Just two years later, Steven Avery was arrested and convicted of the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach shortly after announcing a huge lawsuit for wrongful imprisonment against Manitowoc county, Wisconsin.
The evidence presented on Making A Murderer seemed to suggest that perhaps Steven Avery had been framed for the crime by local authorities to quash the lawsuit or perhaps try to make everyone think that perhaps they had the right guy after all.
Since the release of Making A Murderer, petitions have popped up all over asking for a re-examination of the evidence in Steven Avery’s case.
One stated, in part, “Based on the evidence in the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer, the justice system embarrassingly failed both men, completely ruining their entire lives.”
It went on to say, “There is clear evidence that the Manitowoc County sheriff’s department used improper methods to convict both Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey (Avery’s cousin, also convicted in the same rape and murder).”
Another read, “Steven Avery should be exonerated at once by presidential pardon, and the Manitowoc County officials complicit in his two false imprisonments should be held accountable to the highest extent of the U.S. criminal and civil justice systems.”
Ken Kratz, the special prosecutor in Avery’s murder case, claims that film makers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos didn’t present all the evidence pointing to Avery.
He said, “Anytime you edit 18 months’ worth of information and only include the statements or pieces that support your particular conclusion, that conclusion should be reached.”
He added, “I believe there to be 80 to 90 percent of the physical evidence, the forensic evidence, that ties Steven Avery to this murder never to have been presented in this documentary.”
Avery and Dassey were both sentenced to life in prison and have lost all state appeals.
What did you feel at the end of Making A Murderer? Was Steven Avery framed?