“Making a Murderer:” Netflix to premiere original 10-part documentary on Steven Avery case

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Steven Avery

MANITOWOC COUNTY — Netflix will premiere an original 10-part documentary crime series Making a Murderer on December 18, 2015 exclusively to Netflix members worldwide.

Inspired by a newspaper article from 2005, directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos have spent the last decade documenting an unprecedented real-life thriller that spans more than 30 years. Set in America’s Heartland, Making a Murderer follows the harrowing story of Steven Avery, an outsider from the wrong side of the tracks, convicted and later exonerated of a brutal assault. His release triggered major criminal justice reform legislation, and he filed a lawsuit that threatened to expose corruption in local law enforcement and award him millions of dollars. But in the midst of his very public civil case, he suddenly finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.

The series takes viewers inside a riveting, high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear. The filmmakers have documented every angle of the story, following the second investigation and ensuing trial of the accused, petitioning the court to avoid having to turn over their footage, gathering archival materials, and interviewing those closest to the case.

“There are an unbelievable number of twists and turns in the story arc of Making a Murderer, it feels like it has to be fictional,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of Original Documentary Programming. “Ricciardi and Demos have navigated very complex terrain and skillfully woven together an incredible series that leaves you feeling like you’re right in the middle of the action.”

“If we had not been there to witness these events we would have trouble believing they actually occurred. Our goal has always been to share that experience with viewers. Our partnership with Netflix has allowed us to tell this story in a way that wouldn’t have been possible anywhere else,” said directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.

Making a Murderer examines allegations of police and prosecutorial misconduct, evidence tampering and witness coercion. The filmmakers look at what went wrong in the first case and question whether scientific advances and legislative reforms over the past three decades have gotten us any closer to delivering truth and justice in the system.

Netflix will present a special preview of the first two episodes of Making a Murderer at the DOC NYC film festival on Friday, November 13.


  • Injustice for Steve

    Manitowoc county, the state, the cops, and taxpayers didn’t want to admit they did something wrong so they framed him for murder to cover up what they did.

  • Danny

    Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department and the district attorney Ken Kratz. His team of Detectives James Lenk and Andrew Colborn, The prosecutors. Even forensic experts that destroy DNA evidence that could be used by the defense, all corrupt. All undoubtedly to blame for two people’s lives destroyed and the entire world’s view of the US judicial system as a big lethal joke
    Wake up Manitowoc! If some of you still believe that the killer are convicted, I feel sorry for you, as it maybe your turn next time be framed, if really unlucky you got Len Kucharski as lawyer

      • Tony

        From the very start of this second case, I have maintained my own personal doubt that Avery committed the crime… Quite frankly, it doesn’t make sense. Why would a man, imprisoned for 18 years, for a crime he didn’t commit, and then freed once exonerated by DNA evidence, commit a crime within two years of being released? Especially as heinous as the murder and subsequent dismemberment of Teresa Halbach? Something smells awfully fishy in Manitwoc, and for once, it’s not just the harbor. Set Steven and Brenden free!

  • Steve Reichert

    I would investigate the route Teresa would of taken to her next stop. Lt. Lenk and/or the others members of the department could of easily pulled her over for traffic violation. Got her out of car and killed her. No DNA linking the officers. The body had to be dismembered to remove evidence and make it easy to place on the avery auto salvage lot. I would want to know where all the Manitowoc police where that day Teresa disappeared. Did anyone have access to a tow truck? I think you’ll find answers then.

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