• Todd Puhl

TV Review: Making a Murderer

Updated: May 27, 2019

For the first time in Droids Canada history, we are reviewing a documentary. Why? Just like everyone else, we on the odd occasion like to binge watch Netflix. Netflix has become a media giant with their digital streaming to original shows. They now take on a 10 year documentary that follows a wrongfully accused citizen who was released and then conveniently arrested again? A little suspicious no? After this documentary aired, even more pieces to these unique puzzle keep appearing….

As per Rotten Tomatoes: Filmed over a 10-year period, Making a Murderer is an unprecedented real-life thriller about a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. Set in America's heartland, the series takes viewers inside a high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear.


Rotten Tomatoes: 8.6/10 IMDB rating: 9.4/10


Critics Consensus: Making a Murderer is a spellbinding slow burn that effectively utilizes the documentary format to tell a twisty mystery.


This is what I would call a masterpiece. Some people may dispute it, but clearly was as this drove extremely high numbers upon it’s release. Instead of releasing a 1 shot documentary, they release a 10 episode series on Netflix which in the end makes it’s point. Below were the points that they wanted made public:


- Steve Avery was charged of Rape and served 18 years until DNA evidence proved he was innocent

- The Manitowoc Police Department clearly set Steve up for the rape charge due to personal reasons

- Steve Avery sued Manitowoc Police Department after being released, for 36 million dollars because of wrongful imprisonment

- Conveniently, a person who visited the Avery compound goes missing and turns up dead on the property after the lawsuit was filed

- Unexplained evidence was found by Manitowoc Police Department when they should not have been on the Avery property (for the 3rd time)

- Steve Avery is wrongfully convicted again and sent to jail for life

- Brendan Dassey(nephew of Steve) should never be allowed to make decisions or speak without a lawyer present as he clearly can not make “big boy” decisions.


Is this a testament to Steve’s innocence? No. However, this story very mysterious and very compelling to watch. But the way how this documentary was shot, it really painted a bad picture of the Police. And it very much should. Especially because they framed him for a rape charge he never committed and the “murder” comes across as a kneejerk reaction to being sued for 36 million dollars. 36 million dollars. That is quite a low blow to any police department, let alone Manitowoc county.


But is this all true? You would need to decide because there was some evidence by the prosecution omitted in this documentary as it they felt it wasnt key evidence. As well, the lead prosecutor goes on to claim he was never provided an opportunity to be interviewed, whereas the production company of the documentary claims they inquired 3 times.


Now, this has caught on like a wildfire with petitions and public outcrys, as people who watched the documentary want Steve Avery released. Even the President was contacted in regards to Steve’s release. But, as it stands now, he is not being released but this documentary is riveting and suspenseful which would make even you wonder..


Is Steve Avery innocent?


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