One of the breakout hits from Netflix, Making a Murderer, has led a wave of true crime documentaries and captured the imagination of the viewing public.
Where to watch Making a Murderer?
Making a Murderer is a Netflix original true-crime documentary series and both seasons are available on their platform to stream in full.
What is Making a Murderer about?
Making Murderer tells the real story of the case of Steven Avery, who was charged and then convicted for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, alongside his nephew Brendan Dassey, just a few years after being released from prison for a wrongful sexual assault conviction.
The first series explores issues and conflicting interests inside the police force.
The second series deals with the aftermath of the documentary itself and how the momentum created in the case by the overwhelming media attention impacted Avery’s and Dassey’s efforts to overturn their convictions.
How many seasons of Making a Murderer are there?
The first season of Making a Murdered was rolled out onto Netflix in December 2015 and portrays the period between 1985 and 2007.
The second season of the show, which came out on the streaming site in October 2018, explores the aftermath of both Avery’s and Dassey’s convictions and the media attention that the case received after the first series and the efforts to prove their innocence in a retrial.
Netflix has not revealed whether they have plans to commission a third season.
Filmmaker Shawn Rech is working on an unofficial spin-off which has no affiliation with Netflix titled Convicting a Murderer which will look at the story through the eyes of the prosecutors and the State of Wisconsin.
Who is Steven Avery?
Steven Avery is the subject of the Making a Murderer documentary series. In 1985 he was jailed and served 18 years in jail before being exonerated by new DNA evidence. Only a few years later though, he was arrested for the murder of Teresa Halbach and was incarcerated in 2007 for what he claims was a wrongful charge. Since then he has been fighting to prove his innocence and that of his nephew Brendan Dassey.
Where is Making a Murderer filmed?
Writers and directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos used footage from police interrogations and court hearings to build the narrative of their true-crime series, as well as interviews with the Avery family, defense lawyers, the prosecution, judges and law enforcement, mainly filmed on location in Manitowoc County.
What should I watch/read/listen to next?
If you have become a true-crime nut after watching Making a Murderer, rest assured as you will not run out of similar anytime soon.
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