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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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