MAJOR SPOILER ALERT: This blog contains details and information contained in the final episode of Making A Murderer
The world, including all of us at NME, has been captivated by Netflix’s Making A Murderer, a 10-part true-crime documentary series focusing on the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2005 and the ensuing trial.
In 2007, Steven Avery was found guilty of committing the crime, along with his nephew Brendan Dassey in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Although there was DNA evidence placing Halbach on Avery’s estate, his defence contested the handling of the case and suggested that Avery was framed by the police of Manitowoc County. Sounds unlikely, until you realise that two years prior to her murder, Avery was released from prison after he was exonerated for a sexual assault that he did not commit – a crime that he’d spent 18 years in prison for. As a result of that wrongful conviction, he was suing the Manitowoc police department for damages. Fishy, right?
The show left us all with many unanswered questions about the case, but on Wednesday evening, the directors of the hit web-series (Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos) took to Twitter to try and set some of them straight. In a live Twitter Q&A they addressed some of the key points the internet community had been setting Reddit ablaze for weeks. From the exclusion of some key evidence (was it just left on the cutting room floor or not present in the whole trial?) to the point they were trying to prove, this provides an even more forensic look at one of the most-talked about criminal cases since Adnan Syed.
Why were you so interested in this case among many of the wrongly convicted prisoners?? – @Trisha_Mcconnen
Why did you fail to mention that every time Avery called the Auto Magazine he always asked for it to be Teresa to meet with him. – @pizzalasagna
How do we stop this from happening to again? How do we change the system? What r ur ideas/first steps? What exactly needs to change? – @Renee_Groom
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What has been the biggest misconception from the public surrounding this project? – @rsolonhamer
Is the show to convey Steven as Innocent or that there is corruption in the police force? – @ThatAaron
A lot of people are saying the most important evidence was left out, do you believe that is true? – @MelissaFrontine
How do you explain the evidence of Avery’s DNA found under the hood of Halbach’s car? – @meaghat
What do you think to all the claims you skewed the show in Avery’s favour when evidence not covered in the show points to guilty? – @pedicabote
Still want more? See the full Q&A here.