Making a Murderer Netflix series shocks public


Pictured here is the cover page for the show, as seen on Netflix.

Netflix is full of many shows, movies, and documentaries but “Making a Murderer” has caught the eye of nearly 183,000 subscribers in the first two weeks of it hitting Netflix.

After being wrongfully convicted in 1985 for rape, Steven Avery was released from prison after 18 years when DNA evidence proved his innocence.

With the attention that the show is receiving many petitions have been started for the justice of Steve Avery. NBC Chicago states that “nearly 20,000 signatures have been collected on a  petition by Monday morning, and an additional 163,000 had signed a petition calling for a presidential pardon for Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey.”

“I started watching the show on Netflix the other day and I was really surprised at how messed up the state can be.  I would never expect the government to be so corrupt as to frame someone because they messed up the first time. I just think it’s really intriguing and I like watching it,” said junior Griffin Dabbs.

Only two years after being proved innocent, Avery expressed his intent to sue the county and local officials for $36 million. 

Shortly after, he was charged with the murder of a local photographer, Teresa Halbach. Avery expressed his innocence in the case but was found guilty yet again in 2007 and was charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

Avery is now serving life in prison with no chance of parole. Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey, who was allegedly part of the murder is also serving life in prison with a chance of parole in 2048.

Junior Molly Alvis said, “After watching some of the show I realized how messed up our judicial system can be.  It’s sad how many others could be wrongfully convicted which means that the ones who really committed the crime could still be out on the streets.”

Rolling Stones Magazine stated that the producers and directors, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos were contacted by a juror who claims that some of their fellow peers still are concerned that the verdict wasn’t the right one. However, the question that everyone is now asking is: what will happen next? Although it’s hard to say exactly what will happen the chance of the petition to pardon Avery is very slim.

President Obama has no authority to pardon Avery, in fact it would have to be issued at the state level by the appropriate authorities. A click here to sign a petition directed at Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on, it has already gained 6,300 plus supporters as of Friday.