Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Making A Murderer will make you angry

A few weeks ago Making A Murderer was released on +Netflix US & Canada and has taken up 10 hours of a lot of people's time. Generally, when a binge-watch occurs its over something enjoyable. But when the subject matter falls on true crime, it reminds us on how truth is scarier than fiction.

This binge worthy show takes you into the life of Steven Avery, a man wrongly accused of rape in 1985 and served 18 years before DNA evidence proved him innocent. That's interesting but not the basis of the show. The show focuses on his 2005 arrest and conviction for the murder of Teresa Halbach. Halbach was a photographer that took photos for for a car sales publication and was last seen alive by Steven Avery at his auto salvage location. Once her search begins, things get weird from there.

Hopefully not much is spoiled since the series was released on December 18,2015 so if you have not seen it yet, don't read on.

This story is true and has elements that would make you wish it was a work of fiction. Accusations of planted evidence, coercing a confession from a minor that was enrolled in special needs courses, and a private club of a justice system that seems to have no love for those in the Avery bloodline. "Innocent until proven guilty", that is what we hear often when crimes are being investigated and brought to court. However, in Wisconsin they seem to do things differently.

Making A Murderer may seem biased in its presentation to some, but the facts are undeniable. Avery may not be innocent, but there are too many questionable actions by law enforcement in the investigation to say he is guilty. Some of it is out-right cruel, some is incompetence, but none of it seems fair.