Since Making a Murderer debuted late last year on Netflix, the internet has been overrun with amateur sleuths looking for evidence presented in Avery’s trial that the show suspiciously overlooked. Investigation Discovery’s Steven Avery: Innocent or Guilty, which premieres tomorrow at 9 pm, features a clip of Murderer co-director Laura Ricciardi explaining, “It would have been impossible for us to include all of the evidence that the state submitted. We chose all of what the state itself was claiming to be its most compelling evidence. We feel that we did a very thorough, a very accurate, and fair job.”
Speaking on a Netflix-organized panel, before the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, on Sunday, the two directors of Making a Murderer, Moira Demos and Laura Riccardi, revealed that convicted murderer Steven Avery’s request to watch their documentary about his trials and tribulations has been denied
Steven Avery’s defense attorneys Dean Strang and Jerry Buting appeared on today’s episode of CBS This Morning to discuss their client, Making a Murderer, and the seemingly damning evidence that directors Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi didn’t include in the show. When Gayle King asked if Strang and Buting were convinced of Avery’s innocence, Strang replied, “I’m not convinced of his guilt,” implying what many viewers have taken away from the show: The prosecution did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
On Making a Murderer, Steven Avery’s former fiancée, Jodi Stachowski, was portrayed as his rock (you also may remember her Ski-Doo jacket, her “Warning: Does Not Play Well With Others” T-shirt, and that time she left her purse on the bed). She conducted herself as devoted to Avery up until the point when her probation officer ordered her to move away from the Avery property and issued a “no contact” order (which she got in trouble for violating at least once).
In recent days, nearly 130,000 Making a Murderer fans have signed a petition on the White House website asking President Obama to pardon Steve Avery, who was found guilty of the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2007. But Avery was convicted of a state crime, not a federal one, meaning Obama couldn’t even pardon him if he wanted to.
First, let’s toast to Netflix’s impeccable timing. It’s hard to imagine a better moment when the platform could have released Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos’s series Making a Murderer. Its target audience of socially conscious liberals with the kind of disposable income that can fund a Netflix subscription and the devices to use it with is, at this point, fed up with the mishandling of power by the police (generally in the form of racism, though Murderer is entirely about whites). Capping a year when Serial and The Jinx were the talk of the internet, Murderer is as familiar and definitive as every single end of year Top 10 list attempts to be.