Alright, today I’m going to do something I’ve never done before. I want to use my blog platform as an avenue for a conversation with you all. Most of the time, as it is with blogs, the blogger writes and the readers reads. They may leave the occasional comment to show their support or interest in a specific post, but it’s hardly ever a discussion.
Today, I want to talk with you. I want to hear YOUR opinion. On what? On the Netflix docu-series “Making a Murderer.”
Have you heard of it? If you haven’t, I’d jokingly ask you what rock you’ve been living under! Have you watched it? If you haven’t, I would encourage you to cancel all your plans today and tomorrow and plan on binge-watching the 10 hour series. It’s THAT fascinating. You will NEED to binge watch it because you will be hanging on the edge of your seat, wondering what the outcome will be. And even if you know what the outcome already is, as the series goes on, you will be left scratching your head with how they could possibly come to that conclusion, based on what was presented during the trial.
***Before we go on, I am going to give you FAIR warning that there will be SPOILERS on here, so if you haven’t seen it or don’t know the outcome, find out first and come back to discuss!***
So, let’s talk! I’m going to give you MY opinion first and then I’m going to ask you YOUR opinion. Here goes…
After watching the 10 hour docu-series PLUS many interviews on YouTube since, my opinion on whether Steven Avery did in fact kill Teresa Halbach is UNDECIDED. I will admit that during the course of the Netflix series, I went back and forth a few times: guilty, then not guilty, then guilty and not guilty again. When I finished the series, my thought was definitely NOT guilty. BUT, since having watched many interviews, hearing additional evidence that was not included in the series, I’ve decided that I can’t decide! I’m not sure if he is guilty or innocent.
But what I do know FOR SURE is that regardless of whether Steven Avery did the crime or not, he was undoubtedly given an very UNFAIR trial and in my opinion, he most definitely deserves a re-trial. There was SO much reasonable DOUBT as to whether he did the crime, that it is crazy to think he was sentenced to life WITHOUT parol, based on that trial. Plus all of his additional appeals have been denied. CRA-ZY.
What’s even more heartbreaking to watch in this Netflix series is Brendan Dassey, Avery’s nephew. He gave a confession, that in my opinion, was completely coerced and made up, due to the investigators ridiculous pressuring. This kid clearly has a disability, whether it’s learning or even more serious, as he had no idea what he was confessing to. As a mom of three young kids, my heart breaks watching him and knowing that he is now in jail until 2048. Why was he not protected by his attorney and mother? I can’t wrap my head around that one.
It’s clear that the legal system had some MAJOR missteps in both of these trials and that’s the main point of “Making a Muderer”: to show how the judicial system CAN fail someone and is really there to prove their guilt, not necessarily their innocence.
So, let me ask YOU.
Do you think Steven Avery is guilty?
Do you think his trial was fair? If not, does he deserve a re-trial?
Do you think he was framed and that the Manitowoc County Police planted evidence against him in a way to get out of the 36 million dollar lawsuit Avery was bringing against them?
Do you think Brendan Dassey is guilty of what he confessed or do you think it was a false confession, as a result of the intense questioning and coercion of the investigators?
Let’s talk this out in the comment section below!