‘Making a Murderer’ is an American true crime docu-series that airs on Netflix and first premiered on December 18, 2015. It has been written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos. Over the seasons, the show has managed to garner widespread critical acclaim and stir up quite a bit of controversy as well.
Among all of the streaming service’s forays into the true crime genre, there is no show that is grittier or more hard-hitting than this. While the Emmy award-winning show’s production has been compared favorably to HBO’s ‘The Jinx’, and ‘Serial’, a podcast, we recommend you watch ‘The Confession Tapes‘ as the best Netflix accompaniment to this show.
Much like the aforementioned series, this show too explores the real case of a man called Steven Avery. It has been filmed over a ten-year period and we see how Avery, a DNA exoneree, happens to be in the middle of exposing the corrupt practices of law enforcement agencies when he finds himself embroiled in yet another grisly crime. It is a testament to the show’s research and convincing prowess that it led to a formal petition being submitted to the White House, asking for Avery’s pardon. Despite gaining traction among the people, the White House officially responded that it could not intervene since “the President cannot pardon a state criminal offense.” Naturally, with such an impact, critics were also bound to praise the show, and they have said that it is “a spellbinding slow burn that effectively utilizes the documentary format to tell a twisty mystery.”
Making a Murderer Cast: Who is in it?
‘Making a Murderer’ is a documentary and thus naturally it does not have any actors playing the characters, instead opting to show the real-life people in interviews or through archival footage. Since it follows the trial proceedings, there is obviously the law enforcement involved, which includes the sheriff, his deputy, and other members of law enforcement. There are also lawyers on both sides of the table, and the presiding judges in both cases. The families of the accused also feature in the documentary to give a more personal insight into the people charged with the crime.
However, the main focus is on Steven Avery, who is accused of killing and sexually assaulting Halbach. Brendan Dassey, Halbach’s nephew stands accused of being an accessory, assisting Avery in Halbach’s murder. They are the chief defendants around whom the show revolves. Teresa Halbach is the murder victim in 2005 that Avery and Dassey are accused of killing. Penny Beerntsen is the first victim of attempted murder and sexual assault in 1985, which is when Avery first finds himself wrongly convicted.
If there is another season, we could expect all these people to return as the makers want to continue telling the story, and Avery has not received justice yet.