Daniel’s Review of ‘Making a Murderer’

‘Making a Murderer’ is a Netflix Original Documentary on a man named Steven Avery, and a crime that he was convicted of committing. The crime is the murder of a woman named Teresa Halbach. This was written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos. This all takes place in the state of Wisconsin, mostly in Manitowoc County.

Personally, I really enjoyed this. I got into it after the first episode. When it started, I asked myself, why do I care about this? But towards the end of the first episode, and the start of the second, I would say I was hooked. This show brings out your inner sleuth. Depending on how deep you want to get into this, you might find yourself spending time online, looking for clues that the show did not cover. Which brings me to my next point.

The documentary IS one sided. It does show most perspectives on the case, but the ones they emphasize, are the ones that benefit Steven Avery. That being said… Just because this is a one sided documentary, does NOT mean that the facts presented, are no longer FACTS. People also seem to forget that for a person in this country to be convicted of a crime, the state needs to be 100% certain that person committed that crime. NOT 99.9% but 100%certain. If there is ANY possible doubt that person might not have committed that crime, then that person goes free. This documentary presents way more than enough, to implement some doubt that Steven Avery committed murder.

I don’t think he murdered Teresa Halbach. I lean more towards Teresa’s brother and or, maybe her ex-boyfriend as the murderers…But that’s just me. I mean at the very least, they’re behavior is extremely questionable. But the overall question to ask oneself is not whether Steven Avery did or did not commit the crime. The question is, is it possible, that he did not commit the crime? Is there, or is there not, reasonable doubt? The only way you would think that Steven Avery deserves to be in prison after watching this is if, you are blind, and or deaf. Or, you are delusional and you’re already convinced he did it and for some reason feel like ignoring even just a few facts that create doubt.

So, obviously I got into this show. It sucked me in and didn’t let go, at least for awhile. That’s also why this being a Netflix Original is great because you can binge watch this. It’s a ten part show, with each part being about an hour. I do have to mention that I started to lose interest at about the 7th episode. I only started to lose interest because I acknowledge and accept the way our legal system works (Yes, I am implying that many people don’t). Once I had more than reasonable doubt, I didn’t see the point in continuing to watch it other than to get the full scope of what they wanted to show us. But the doubt was already in my mind by the 7th episode, meaning I believed him to be wrongfully convicted.

All in all I did enjoy it. It’s definitely interactive, if you let it be. That means that this can be a great interactive show for you as well… You just have to care. If you don’t care enough, this will be boring for you. I do suggest you care though. Only because this points out how easy it is for the system to go after a specific citizen or citizens without impunity. No matter what the facts are. What I’m saying is that, what happened to Mr. Avery, can easily happen to you. Just because it hasn’t happened does not mean that it can’t happen. That fact, is what made this show intriguing for me. Hopefully for you too!!

I give this a rating of 7.5/10

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