5 things you didn’t know about Making a Murderer
1. People are obsessed with the show
Making a Murderer has become one of Netflix’s most popular shows of all time. On social media, fans of the show have been particularly vocal. On Twitter, the #MakingAMurderer hashtag has been used a whopping 250,000 times (and counting). Other popular hashtags related to the show include: #FreeStevenAvery and #StevenAveryIsInnocent. Numerous celebrities and public figures have also weighed in on the show and the central character. American actor James Franco, notably posted multiple photos of himself watching the show and reactions of shock to some of the revealed information.
2. The filmmakers don’t know if he is guilty or not
Although the filmmakers claim they were not convinced either way all whilst making the documentary series, and did not want to sway viewers one way or the other, fans of the show are coming out overwhelmingly in Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey’s defense. Co-creators Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi stated openly that they did not even ask themselves the question, and were not drawn to the topic by a desire to uncover whether or not the pair was guilty. They revealed that it was the intricacy of the case and the story itself that led them to want to document it. Viewers, however, have not been so impartial.
3. The White House has gotten involved.
A petition was started online at Change.org that has since acquired more than 350,000 signatures, and is still counting. The petition urges President Obama to pardon Avery and Dassey. Another petition, aimed directly at the White House has gained over 100,000 signatures, which is enough to force the government to officially respond. Unfortunately for the hopeful signatories, the white House turned down the request stating that, due to their continued prisoner status, the pair could not be pardoned by the president, and that any pardon for Avery and Dassey would have to come from the “appropriate authorities”.
4. Authorities claim the show is biased.
The special prosecutor for Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey’s case, Ken Kratz, commented to multiple news outlets and public media that a lot of important information and evidence was left out of the final documentary. He even went so far to claim that the series intentionally left out or downplayed some pieces of evidence, notably physical evidence, in order to make the documentary more entertaining to viewers or swaying them emotionally. One such omission, he claimed, was DNA evidence left on the victim’s car, DNA that belonged to Avery. Kratz also claimed that a bullet from Steven Avery’s gun was found with the victim’s DNA on it in the trash. Despite these claims, the filmmakers have stood by their work and insisted they upheld the story in its truest form.
5. Steven Avery may never see the show.
Due to the fact that Steven Avery is still in prison, he does not currently have access to the show. Despite his cooperation in the documentary making, he has no access to Netflix streaming or even DVDs in prison, and thus, cannot watch it. As it stands, Avery is serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole. That said, he has still been very vocal about his theories about his own case and what he wants the public to know about him and his life. He has also expressed hope that the show will help him to find justice and that his sentence will be reconsidered or even, in the best case scenario, overturned.