- Brendan Dassey, Dolores Avery, Ken Kratz, Steven Avery
Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. Viewers are taken inside a high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear.
Making a Murderer is a Netflix documentary series that premiered on the streaming service in December 2015. It was compared to similar programs like HBO’s The Jinx and the hit Serial podcast, earning much praise from the many who watched it. Among the several accolades it received are Emmys for Outstanding Documentary Series, Outstanding Directing, and Outstanding Writing. The show found an international audience and stirred up a fair amount of controversy in its immediate aftermath. One of the most noteworthy responses to Making a Murderer was a petition to pardon Avery, but the White House is unable to pardon state criminal offenses.
Netflix announced a second season is filming, which will cover the aftermath of the conviction of Brendan Dassey, who is Avery’s nephew and was featured in the first season.
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