If you haven’t watched the original series of Making a Murderer, stop reading, go watch it now. Be prepared for several hours of one of the wildest rides to ever grace documentary TV. The original series detailed the wrongful imprisonment of Steven Avery for rape, in which he served 18 years in jail for, before being released after DNA evidence proved him innocent. Shortly after his release, Steven found himself once again under fire from local police as the main suspect in the murder investigation of Teresa Halbach.
The original series run left us in tears with Steven being sentenced to life imprisonment for a crime he obviously didn’t commit once again, as well as the tragic imprisonment of his nephew Brendan Dassey, who was coerced by police into incriminating himself and Steven before a jury.
What was unique about this show is that it began filming when Steven first became a suspect for the murder investigation. As such, it took ten years of filming before it was released on Netflix.
Today Netflix announced that there will be new episodes
Netflix Media Centre reports that: “The new installments will take fans of the acclaimed documentary series back inside the story of convicted murderer Steven Avery, and his co-defendant, Brendan Dassey, as their respective investigative and legal teams challenge their convictions and the State fights to have the convictions and life sentences upheld.” (Netflix Media Center, 2016)
We can expect new footage taking a look at the post-conviction process as well as the emotional turmoil Avery’s family find themselves in, so be prepared to cry.
“The episodes will offer exclusive access to Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner and Dassey’s legal team, led by Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin, as well as intimate access to the families and characters close to the case.” (Netflix Media Center, 2016)
The original series received worldwide acclaim, even getting to the point where an online petition to free Avery and his nephew was eventually placed in front of President Obama who was unable to do anything because, as his White House statement explains:
“Since Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey are both state prisoners, the president cannot pardon them,” (Patten, 2016)
However, we can only hope that a new series will shed even more light on the injustice around Steven Avery and his nephew, and perhaps a higher public outcry will positively affect Steven and Brendan’s lives.
Netflix Media Center. (2016, July 19). Netflix announces new episodes of Making a Murderer. Retrieved from https://media.netflix.com/en/press-releases/netflix-announces-new-episodes-of-making-a-murderer
Patten, D. (2016, January 7). Obama confirms he can’t pardon ‘Making a murderer’s Steven Avery. Retrieved from http://deadline.com/2016/01/making-a-murderer-no-obama-pardon-for-steven-avery-netflix-1201678213/