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By Akanksha Kar
“Making A Murderer” first aired on Netflix on December 2015 and had quickly become a hit. The American true crime docu-series features the story of Steven Avery who was wrongfully convicted of the sexual assault of Penny Beerntsen. After serving 18 years, Avery was exonerated due to the aid of the Innocence Project as the DNA from the case was matched to another man.
Soon after proving his innocence in court and attaining his freedom, Avery was charged with the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach in 2005 and was convicted once again in 2007. Avery still maintains his decade-old stance of innocence to date.
The show mainly features a grueling legal battle over the span of 10 years between the Halbachs and the Averys, putting forth jury swaying and doubt infused evidence at every step for the audience watching the show.
The story revolves around Steven Avery, who owns an auto-salvage in Wisconsin, and Teresa Halbach, a photographer hired by Avery to take photos of a vehicle in his salvage yard. Without giving spoilers, Halbach gets brutally murdered, and all evidence points to Avery. Critical evidence, such as Avery’s DNA and Halbach’s blood, was found in her car, along with other evidence convicting Avery.
In 2007, Avery lost the legal battle in the Calumet County courtroom and was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. To prove his innocence, Avery challenged the district court’s decision in the court of appellate of Wisconsin, but was denied. After the airing of the docu-series in 2015, one of the most high profile and prominent lawyers in country, Kathleen T. Zellner, took over Avery’s case to prove his innocence. Zellner was important to Avery’s case due to the high number of wrongful conviction cases she had won.
The second season, released October 19 this year, brought the compelling evidence against Avery under high scrutiny. Season 2 is a gripping and suspenseful season which puts more focus on Brenden Dassey, Avery’s nephew, as an accessory to Halbach’s murder and further jeopardizes Avery’s case while also putting Dassey himself in prison too.
Throughout the show, Netflix has put forth sources from all angles, including police evidence and footage, profiles from the legal teams of both families and even court hearings and decisions about the case. In addition, Netflix listed the names of those who refused to take part which demonstrated transparency with the audience.
The show was created in a way that the audience can take a look at all the evidence for and against Dassey, Avery and Halbach, and decide for themselves as if they were part of a jury in the case.
Overall, “Making A Murderer” is a super binge-worthy docu-series which is sure to shock, awe, anger and even make viewers a little emotional. It is a must watch for anyone who is a fan of a good crime documentary that is based on a real story. This show is not like the rest of the crime-crowd series on Netflix.