In 2015, Netflix’s 10-part crime docudrama, Making A Murderer, was released to streaming audiences and left many viewers shouting with moral outrage after finishing the show. Filmed over a 10-year period, the show surrounds Steven Avery who was was exonerated after DNA evidence cleared him of a sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen. Avery served 18 years of a 32-year sentence even though he had a alibi. After Avery was released from prison in 2003, he filed a $36 million civil lawsuit against Manitowoc County and several county officials associated with his arrest and conviction.
The aftermath that followed is controversial to the say the least.
In 2005 the murder of a Wisconsin photographer by the name of Teresa Halbach rocked the community. In the center of it all, Avery found himself once again in the middle of the crime case as the main suspect.
Avery was re-arrested and charged with the murder of Teresa Halbach who disappeared after photographing a vehicle at Avery’s salvage yard. Avery maintained his innocence stating that his arrest was a setup pending his lawsuit against Manitowoc County. The show explores exploitation, evidence tampering and the placement of Avery’s blood at the crime scene.
Even more confusing is the fact that the Teresa Halbach’s death certificate was released to the public and the cause of death was originally deemed “undetermined” and later crossed out. It is said that these inconsistencies could prove that Steven was indeed framed. To add to the confusion it has been indicated that an autopsy had been completed, even though Halbach’s body was never found.
The autopsy was signed off on December 6, 2005 which was the same day Avery’s preliminary trial began.
Due to the popular show which many of us binged watched, Netflix announced Making a Murderer 2 which will further explore Teresa Halbach’s murder. The documentary will also explore Brendan Dassey, Avery’s 17-year old nephew who was bullied into what is said to be a false confession of his guilt in the 2005 murder of Halbach. Dasey was Avery’s alibi and confessed to being a co-conspirator in the rape and murder of Halbach. Dassey was interrogated on four different occasions over a 48-hour period, including three times in a 24-hour time frame with no legal representation, parent or other adult present.
He currently is serving a life sentence.
Avery has brought on a new defense team that is adamant to prove Avery’s innocence and based on the explosion on social media his lawyer Kathleen Zellner’s is spilling, it appears that they are on to something. Zellner has been involved in the exoneration and release of 17 falsely convicted men.
Netflix has not announced a release date for the highly anticipated installment in Avery’s conviction.