Making a Murderer was one of the sleeper hits of Netflix’s late 2015 line-up, and for a while it was the show that everyone was talking about. A dark, morally-ambiguous, story of murder, police corruption and a wrongful imprisonment juxtaposed with the frozen backdrop of small-town Wisconsin, and one lower class family’s struggle to come to terms with what appears to be a clear miscarriage of justice.
The ten-episode first season, written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, explores the story of Steven Avery, a man from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, who served 18 years in prison for the wrongful conviction of sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen, before being fully exonerated in 2003 by DNA evidence.
Avery filed a lawsuit against the county on their case against him, a suit which would have awarded him millions if he won. Yet in 2005 Avery was arrested on charges of murdering Teresa Halbach, a local photographer who was killed just two days after speaking with Avery. Avery was convicted of Halbach’s murder in 2007, and since then the documentary-makers have recorded the attempts of Avery’s legal team, composed of dedicated attorneys Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, to argue Avery’s case and have him released from state prison.
The first season of the show ended on a fairly dismal note, without much hope for Avery or his young nephew Brendan Dassey, who was also implicated in the killing. Yet much has occurred in the Avery case since the filming wrapped on the first season, and Ricciardi and Demos have announced a second season follow-up.
Now they’ve been good enough to tease what’s ahead for fans. To find out what you can expect from the next instalment, shoot over to page two.
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