Thoughts on Making a Murderer

I feel extremely sad for the Halbach family this year. I am not sure why Netflix released the controversial “documentary” Making a Murderer a week before Christmas. It follows the story of Steven Avery. If you are not familiar with the story, google it. It is a very intriguing story that happened in our state of WI where an innocent man was exonerated for a rape in 1985 due to advances in DNA technology. That was after he spent 18 years in prison. After his wrongful conviction, he filed a civil suit for millions of dollars. But before he collected the money, he was convicted of raping and killing Teresa Halbach with the help of his 16 year old nephew Brendan Dassey. He is back in prison for life.

Back in 2005, during the time of the murder, the media portrayed Steven Avery as a monster. The public was outraged and there was even talk about instituting the death penalty in our state. But this documentary comes from another angle. It tends to portray Steven Avery as the victim. That he may have been set up for a murder he didn’t commit. What really is troubling to me is the media’s ability to sway public opinion in either direction. I have heard some people having the mindset on social media sites that Avery should be freed from prison after watching this documentary. A lot of people have very strong opinions about this without knowing the full picture. I have started to watch the documentary with an open mind.

Do I think that Steven Avery killed Teresa Halbach? I honestly don’t know. Was he capable of murder? I think so. Although Avery was innocent of the rape that he was convicted of in 1985, he wasn’t a model citizen. He was a convicted felon by the age of 18 for burglary. In fact, he was convicted of several felonies before his rape conviction that he was exonerated from. At age 20, he was convicted of animal cruelty for the merciless killing of his family cat. If that doesn’t show psychopath potential, I don’t know what does. He also ran a female relative off the road and pointed a gun at her. Her husband was a police deputy. That was not very smart on Avery’s part. Regardless, a 23 year old man spent 18 years of his life locked up for a crime he didn’t commit. At the time of his arrest, he was married with 5 kids. Kids that he never saw grow up.

Do I think that there were some major issues with corruption within the police departments handling this case? Without a doubt. Does it seem odd that there wasn’t blood found at the crime scene? Absolutely. Could Avery have been set up for another crime that he didn’t commit? Maybe. Isn’t is puzzling that the victim’s vehicle was found on his salvage yard property hidden under branches when he could have possibly crushed the car instead? This is where I am going to bring up the point that Avery is shown to have an I.Q. of 70 which would make him on the edge of being intellectually disabled. What really convinced me of Avery’s guilt 10 years ago was the confession from his nephew, Dassey. However, Dassey has a similar I.Q. and his confession seems to be very inconsistent. He didn’t even appear to understand what was going on.

Did Avery kill Teresa Halbach? If he didn’t, then who did?? I find that question to be even more disturbing. Did someone else kill her and the police noticed that she was last seen at Avery’s house which gave them an opportunity to frame him? Seems a little far fetched. Why does Avery’s blood appear to be tampered with?  Nothing about this case makes any sense. This documentary seems to bring up more questions than answers, with no new evidence.

2 thoughts on “Thoughts on Making a Murderer

  1. After watching the full 10 hours I really couldn’t say if I think Avery (who’s certainly no angel) was guilty of the murder. After watching hundreds of murder investigations on TV, usually at the scene of the crime they find some kind of evidence, weather it be hair, skin, blood, blood spray, clothes fibres, or evidence of some kind of clean up, chemicals, bleach, new or recently cleaned carpets, freshly scrubbed/painted walls. But NOTHING from the bedroom NO DNA what so ever…?!? The room was cluttered, surely it would have had some spray of blood on something? Walls, ceiling, curtains, clothes, carpit, mattress. No signs/marks of a struggle, no signs/attempt at a clean up…?! From the alledged scene of a crime where someone was horrifically murdered, tied up, assaulted, raped, slashed & shot, & nothothing, surely not possible…! Same as the garage where they say she was shot, No DNA, blood, no signs of clean up. Also why was no one else questioned as possible murder suspects, averys other nephew & the guy he went out shooting with just after he claims to have seen Theresa? Why was there never any lie detector tests carried out???? These are just some of the MANY questions. All seemed so corrupt.

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    • I agree totally with your comment. I watched 8 episodes so far and find it very hard to believe that Teresa was murdered in Steve Avery’s house. With all of the clutter in his room there is absolutely no way that there wouldn’t be blood on the mattress or anything at all. I have been following this story closely. I heard that in order to get the full cooperation of the Avery family to film the documentary that they weren’t able to focus on the other suspects because some were relatives. There is also a convincing article that I read about a woman who thought her ex-husband did it. I lined it up with another story and think he may have been one of the suspects. Most of the suspects used other suspects as alibis. This makes me wonder if they could have all possibly been in on this together. Also, hypothetically if someone else did it possibly a relative and Avery knew about it, what would he do call the Manitowoc police? Heck no. I don’t think that they are innocent in all of this either. I hope someday we have all of the answers. I think that it is worth looking into further.

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