More than 190,000 people sign online petitions calling for release of Making A Murderer’s Steven Avery

The documentary series has become something of a phenomenon online, prompting calls for President Obama to pardon its protagonist


Unless you’ve been living under a rock over the festive season you’ve probably spotted friends and family recommending Netflix’s massively popular Making A Murderer on every social media channel known to man.


Filmed over a 10-year period, the documentary follows Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.

The gripping real-life story has inspired a massive online campaign to see Avery released and/or pardoned by President Obama. At the time of writing, more than 190,000 people have signed petitions on and the official White House website in support of Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey.

“Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey should be given a full pardon by President Obama for their wrongful conviction in the connection to the murder of Teresa Halbach”, the petition on the official White House website states. 

“Based on the evidence in the Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer”, the justice system embarrassingly failed both men, completely ruining their entire lives”, it continues. The petition currently boasts about 20,000 signatures, but if it can reach 100,000 by January 16th The White House is obliged to respond.

A second petition on has already garnered more than 170,000 signatures at the time of writing, with people calling for Avery’s immediate exoneration.


Making A Murderer is available to watch on Netflix