With my heart in my mouth I have been GLUED to Making a Murderer on Netflix.
If you’re not across this year’s biggest show yet, check out Rosie Waterland’s review of it here.
SPOILER WARNING (for those of you who have way more restraint than me and haven’t Googled ahead):
Steven Avery is a man who in 1985 was convicted of an assault and attempted murder he did not commit.
In 2003 he was exonerated and released.
He then sued Manitowoc County in Wisconsin, the Sheriff and the District Attorney, for wrongful conviction. He asked for $36 million in damages, and the case was coming along nicely.
There was a lot to suggest that local law enforcement had targeted Avery in 1985, and then neglected evidence that would have proved his innocence.
Depositions were underway. Evidence was stacking up in Avery’s favour.
Then a woman named Teresa Halbach went missing and Avery was almost immediately the prime suspect.
The meat of the story in Making a Murderer is not the exoneration of Avery, and the subsequent disgrace of local law enforcement.