Short and Sweet Reviews // Making a Murderer

Warning: This review is not spoiler free.

If you haven’t heard of Netflix’s amazing true crime documentary series, Making a Murderer, yet I urge you to stop right here, crawl out of that rock you’ve been living under, and go binge all 10 episodes right now! Filmed over a 10 year period this show chronicles the plight of Steven Avery, a man falsely accused of a sexual assault, wrongly convicted and jailed for 18 years, exonerated by DNA evidence, then accused and convicted of a murder of Teresa Halbach under suspicious evidence and police practices.

Filmed over a 10 year period this show chronicles the plight of Steven Avery, a man falsely accused of a sexual assault, wrongly convicted and jailed for 18 years, exonerated by DNA evidence, then accused and convicted of a murder of Teresa Halbach under suspicious evidence and police practices.

“Who better than a police officer would know how to frame somebody?”

// Jerry Buting, co-defense counsel for Steven Avery

The first few episodes are a little tough to get through. While interesting there is so much information packed into them that you keep thinking to yourself, “What could they have to talk about for 7 more episodes?”. Keep going, trust me, it is so worth it. I was on the edge of my seat through the rest of it. I wish the series had been longer and I pray that rumors of a second season come true.

But what you all really want to know is, what do I think happened to Teresa? I have three theories:

  1. The boyfriend/brother killed her. The deleted voicemails, the fact that the search party was allowed into the Avery compound during a police search, and the brothers willful unquestioning of any of the quite questionable evidence is suspicious as hell.
  2. Some other Avery killed Teresa. Steven has brothers and other nephews who were on the compound during the time Teresa was there. They could’ve just as easily killed her.
  3. Steven Avery did it, just not the way police say he did. It is possible that while he was guilty the police were afraid of not getting a conviction based on his past wrongful conviction, so they planted some extra evidence.

Two thing I know for sure is there is a whole lot of reasonable doubt in Steven’s case, and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, who was also convicted for his alleged involvement, is 100% innocent. Watch the show and you heart will break for 17-year-old Dassey who is coerced into a confession, has a pretty sleazy lawyer, and is obviously confused by what is happening.

Then again I could be completely wrong, but what is for sure is Making a Murder is great entertainment and incredibly interesting. I highly recommend you watch it and after you do, come back here so I can hear all of your theories too.

“Poor people lose. Poor people lose all the time”

// Steven Avery, talking to his parents from jail

 

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2 thoughts on “Short and Sweet Reviews // Making a Murderer”

  1. Having been a cop, and a corrections officer, I watched this entire show as soon as I heard about it. I also formed many opinions from both sides. Overall, I have to say (with a disclaimer of it being a show & for media intent), where’s the blood & DNA? Sorry, but IF those 2 men brutally raped her, tied & chained her to the bed, slashed her throat (in the bed), then that room would be covered in blood, hairs, fibers, DNA…where are the ropes & chains? They too would be covered in visible & invisible DNA. The one thing we should be able to say for sure is that no rape or murder took place on that bed & um that is what they were both convicted of. So, regardless of the IF he killed her, he is wrongly convicted of it (there & in that manner). Which now begs, the question of without the actual crime scene, how do we have evidence & where did it come from. There are countless other questions after that but that’s the main one for me anyway.

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    1. Thank you! The lack of blood is what convinced me. There is no way he could clean all of that blood up, especially not in that garage and definitely not in the cracks of the concrete. I can’t believe he couldn’t get another trial based of off that fact alone!

      Thanks for reading :)

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