Filmmakers on Subject's Guilt: 'We Don't Know'

'Making a Murderer' case continues to resonate
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2016 2:48 PM CST
A 2007 photo of Steven Avery.   (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

(Newser) – The number of people who have signed a Change.org petition requesting a pardon for convicted murderer Steven Avery is now north of 265,000. Avery, of course, is the subject of the true-crime documentary Making a Murderer on Netflix, which raises doubts about the fairness of his trial. Some related reading:

  • The two filmmakers talk to NPR about their 10-year project and weigh in on the question of Avery's guilt or innocence. "We don't know," says Laura Ricciardi.

  • It's compelling TV for sure, but Daniel D'Addario at Time worries that programs like this (including Serial) give the audience a false sense of certainty.
  • Sheriff Robert Hermann of Wisconsin's Manitowoc County would agree with the above sentiment. He tells the Hollywood Reporter that the documentary doesn't present a full picture and that he thinks "justice has been served."
  • Either way, defense attorney Dean Strang emerges from all this as an "unlikely heartthrob," writes Lilit Marcus at the Guardian.
  • Want to dig deeper? Fusion has story suggestions for those who have watched the documentary.
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