Netflix Find: Making of a Murderer
This has got to be one of the most talked about shows in December and for good reason. Netflix released this 10 episode Documentary/True Crime series on December 18th and since then it has generated so much buzz including two online petitions with over 270,000 signatures and a lot of media coverage.
Usually I don’t watch too many true crime shows, but with the buzz surrounding this one, I just had to check it out….two days later I completed the show. It was just that damn compelling. I really couldn’t put it down. The fact that this is a true story left me confused, angry, and disappointed in our justice system.
Now I should put a warning in here that this documentary is pretty bias and left out some evidence in the case in order to tell their story. With that in mind, I still recommend everyone (especially anyone that’s a criminal justice major and law students) to watch this series.
The documentary centers around Steven Avery from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. Manitowoc is a small town known for farming. The documentary paints a picture of the Avery family as not really having the best reputation in the small community which leads to what the Manitowoc Country Sheriff’s Office also thought of the family. This is the key question about the whole documentary; does the Manitowoc Country Sheriff’s Office dislike Steven Avery enough to frame him and send him to prison (not once but twice).
There SO much to talk about with this documentary; the theories of who was the murderer could fill a book. I’m not going to go into any more details because it is best to find them out as the documentary series goes on.
I will say that I thought it was a very well done documentary series. I thought the pacing and the editing was nicely done and easy to follow (which is a hard thing to do with a story that has so many twists and turns). There are so many “characters” to follow in this story but I feel like the filmmakers really did a good job in keeping things in order. The filmmakers painted a clear picture of what they thought of the story behind the case and really sold it. At the end, I agreed (for the most part) with what they presented. This documentary got me to questioned the US Judicial System and I highly questioned the Manitowoc Sheriff’s Office’s actions in the case.
This is definitely a documentary you will want to talk to others about. I’ve been visiting the sub reddit, /r/makingofamurderer and talking to my friends about it. Everyone has their theories; I would love to hear yours in the comments below!