If you were as engrossed in the case of Steven Avery as the rest of us, you’re going to be all about this new documentary series. Making a Murderer, which hit Netflix in 2015, told us all about the bizarre story of Avery’s exoneration for a false rape conviction, followed by being convicted of a murder along with his nephew Brendan Dassey. A new follow-up series Convicting a Murderer will delve deeper into the legal case built against Avery and Dassey.
Directed by documentary filmmaker Shawn Rech and produced by Chicago Attorney Andrew Hale, the team got exclusive access to District Attorney Ken Kratz, lead investigator Tom Fassbender, and other key figures in the case. After Making a Murderer, there was some speculation that Avery and Dassey’s convictions might be overturned, but so far nothing has happened. Avery was denied a new trial in October by a Wisconsin judge and Dassey’s conviction was upheld by a federal appeals court in December.
Some felt that the Netflix series was biased in favor of Avery and his nephew, and Convicting a Murderer says it will balance the story and show the case from multiple angles. The documentary has just started production, and Rech and Hale are looking for a home for the series.
“When Making a Murderer was produced, many on the law enforcement side of the story could not, or would not, participate in the series, which resulted in a one-sided analysis of the case,” Rech said in a statement. “This docu-series will examine the case and the allegations of police wrongdoing from a broader perspective. It will also share with viewers the traumatic effects of being found guilty and vilified in the court of public opinion.”