A lot of you have been emailing me asking me to cover Making A Murderer a very popular show shown on Netflix aired as a documentary. I don’t have Netflix, nor do I need even more shows to watch on TV. I am swamped enough with the shows I do follow. But this show is a huge topic in pop culture right now, so I thought you might need a place to discuss it.
Nancy Grace has a good point about the sweat from Stephen Avery found under the hood of murder victim Teresa Halbach’s car. The defense seemed to imply some of the evidence was planted by the police. However, you can’t “plant sweat.” This is just one of Nancy’s arguments. She will be interviewing an ex-girlfriend of Avery’s tonight on her show (I had no idea she still had a show!) on HLN. (Edited: I started this post yesterday. See this interview later in this post) The girlfriend claims that she ate rat poison so that she could be hospitalized to get away from him and call police. She firmly believes he is guilty. She is allegedly still receiving threats from him while he is in prison. However, in the documentary, she seemed to be a happy girlfriend.
Meanwhile, a lot of people do believe that Stephen Avery was framed for murder. In part because he was previously wrongly convicted of rape and cleared by DNA evidence. In the above clip some folks argue the evidence with Dr. Drew seeming to believe Avery is guilty and others making a case for his innocence.
Here is the entire interview from HLN with the girlfriend. She is not really a credible witness for me either way.
This does look like an interesting show. It’s clear the producers wanted to make it look like the guy is wrongly in jail for murder. Maybe he is. Maybe he isn’t. I don’t have all the information. But what I do know is that you don’t get a new trial because someone makes a movie about you. There has to be new and compelling evidence of a miscarriage of justice, prosecutorial misconduct, tampering, or new exculpatory evidence. A bunch of Netflix fans becoming outraged is not enough.
Steven’s mother is obviously not that bright. She says that the victim is still alive AND the cops planted the bones on her property and maybe they aren’t even hers.