Making a Murderer is a critically acclaimed 10 part documentary series created and distributed by the online streaming giant Netflix, and if you haven’t yet heard about it you may very well be living under a rock. The series has captured the interest of millions all around the world and sparked quite a heated debate in regards to the films primary protagonist, Steven Avery.
In the first episode of this series we see how back in 1985 Avery was convicted of first-degree sexual assault, attempted first-degree murder, and false imprisonment of Penny Beerntsen. For this Avery served eighteen years in prison, whilst always maintaining his innocence it wasn’t until 2002 that the Wisconsin Innocence Project took an interest in Avery’s case. Due to advancements in DNA testing, the Innocence Project were able to exonerate Avery in 2003 as the new evidence pointed towards someone other than Avery.
Upon exoneration Avery felt as though he had been chewed up and spat out by the justice system and as a result filled a $36 million lawsuit against the Manitowoc County and several county officials associated with his first arrest. Shortly after filing this lawsuit, Avery was accused of another crime, the murder of Teresa Halbach, a photographer who was seen on the Avery family property to photograph a minivan for sale.
From here on out things get a bit shady… Unfortunately only the first episode of this ten part series was made available by Netflix but if you have a Netflix account or can source the remaining episodes you are in for a treat!