Making a Murderer is still on my mind. People Magazine featured a story about it as well—so I assume it’s on many people’s minds. In fact, I’m going to a happy hour gathering next week where the express purpose is to discuss the many theories around what might have happened and whether or not Avery is innocent, all over a pint or two. This raises a murky discomfort… is it ok to have a party to discuss the show? Are we making too much light of the tragedies? Are we forgetting that this isn’t just a story—it’s several people’s reality? But this is what we do all the time, for The Bachelor and The Real Housewives and other “reality” shows.
Note: This post contains “spoilers” about the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer. If you don’t wish to know these details yet, you should watch the documentary and then come back and read this post.
Netflix recently released the documentary Making a Murderer, which centers on the criminal accusations made against Steven Avery of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. Here is a basic timeline:
- In 1985, Steven Avery is accused of rape and found guilty. He serves 18 years—all the while maintaining his innocence. Throughout the 18 years, there seems to be reasonable evidence (including a confession from the actual rapist) that Steven is not guilty, but the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department didn’t follow the right protocols and never followed up on these revelations.
- Finally, in 2003, new DNA evidence proves that Steven is indeed innocent, and he is released.
- In 2004, Steven’s attorney files a lawsuit for $36 million against the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department.
- In 2005, Teresa Halbach goes missing. The last place she was seen was at Steven Avery’s residence. Steven Avery is arrested.
- In 2007, Steven Avery is found guilty of homicide. Again, Steven maintains all along that he is innocent. Again, there seems to be reasonable evidence suggesting that the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department framed Steven in an effort to avoid paying the settlement and restore their reputation.
You can view a full timeline here.
We’ll never truly know what happened. There is a lot of speculation and theories, and I highly suggest you read the interesting conversations going on on Reddit. Personally, I am inclined to believe that Avery is innocent, and I want to share why.Continue Reading