“Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.”

Stated by Lavrenti Beria, Stalin’s notorious secret police chief.

Unless you’ve been in a coma, you’ve probably heard something about the Netflix Docu-Series Making of a Murderer. 

Steven Avery, whose case is explored in new Netflix docuseries, Making a Murderer.

Photograph: Danielle Ricciardi/Netflix

Making a Murderer details the life of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who served 18 years after being convicted of the sexual assault of Penny Beerntsen, and other charges pertaining to a separate conflict with his cousin. DNA analysis later linked the assault to another man guilty of other crimes in Manitowoc County. As a result of the DNA analysis, Avery was released. After his release, he filed a $36 million lawsuit against Manitowoc County and several county officials associated with his first arrest. Soon after filing the lawsuit, Avery was accused of the murder of Teresa Halbach, a photographer who was last seen on the Avery family property to photograph a minivan.

Making a Murderer illustrates the procedures in the Manitowoc County sheriff’s department that led to both Avery’s original conviction and a second conviction, after his release, of the murder. Brendan Dassey, Avery’s nephew, was also accused in the murder investigation, and the show depicts his trial as well.~From Wikipedia

A petition on Change.com has garnered nearly 300,000 signatures to get him pardoned. “I am outraged with the injustices which have been allowed to compound and left unchecked in the case of Steven Avery of Manitowoc County in Wisconsin,” petition creator  Michael Seyedian wrote. “Avery’s unconstitutional mistreatment at the hands of corrupt local law enforcement is completely unacceptable and is an abomination of due process.” Supporters are with President Barack Obama to release Steven.

Manitowoc, Wis. Fighting Back Against ‘Making a Murderer’ Backlash J CBS Minnesota

Excerpts:  For the past three weeks, they are the voices Manitowoc County Sheriff Robert Hermann heard each morning.

“You can go to hell,” one message said.

“You are the worst department in the country,” said another caller.

Sheriff Hermann has spent his career in this department and served nine years as sheriff.

“The calls and e-mails are coming from all over,” he said. “Germany, Australia…”

Steven Avery’s family declined to be interviewed for this story. They said they didn’t trust the media to get the story straight! I can’t imagine why they would think that???   But, Avery’s brother did tell WCCO his salvage yard is getting hundreds of calls a day and dozens of people stopping by just to take a look around. Days ago, deputies arrested a man from Utah who showed up on the Avery property in a cab, and refused to leave.

I’ve only watched 3 episodes out of 10 so I can’t decide if Avery is guilty or not. What I do know is that this series has created public outrage due to the perception of injustice and those who are deemed responsible have much to gain by preventing this reaction.

Let’s hope we can garner the same kind of outrage for the many people that have suffered from the fallout of the Family Court System!


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