It has been 267 days since Making a Murderer was released.
It was the hype surrounding the show that made me curious. What was it all about?
Having planned to watch just an episode or two (to get filled in), I was surprised when I quickly became addicted (and obsessed) with the the show.
So obsessed, in fact, that I finished the first season in a weekend. (And that’s saying a lot for a girl who can’t sit still for more than 30 minutes!)
Like many others who embarked on the mission to binge-watch Making a Murderer, I came out emotional. I was angry, sad and confused all at the same time.
Who would frame Stephen Avery? Why was Brendan brought into it? Did the two of them kill her? Could have they killed her? All of these questions and more ran through my head as I frantically tried to solve the unsolvable puzzle.
But, with time, my passion for the case died and life continued.
That is, until August 12.
A federal judge in Milwaukee ruled Brendan Dassey was coerced into a confession. Court documents claimed “investigators repeatedly claimed to already know what happened…and assured Dassey that he had nothing to worry about.”
The now 26-year-old’s conviction was overturned and Dassey was set free, nearly 10 years after being convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, mutilation of a corpse and first-degree sexual assault of Teresa Halbach.
It’s no surprise that this major break in the case has ignited interest once again and convinced the producers of Making a Murderer to release a second season.
Though its release date is TBD, the second season will go “back inside the story of convicted murderer Steven Avery, and his co-defendant, Brendan Dassey, as their respective investigative and legal teams challenge their convictions and the State fights to have the convictions and life sentences upheld,” according to a Netflix press release. “This next chapter will provide an in-depth look at the high-stakes post-conviction process, as well as, the emotional toll the process takes on all involved.”
It turns out Dean Strang—America’s heartthrob and Steven Avery’s lawyer—has been replaced by Attorney Kathleen Zellner. She is known for overturning wrongful-conviction cases and has already asked for extensive DNA re-testing.
May the drama continue, may justice be served and may many Americans binge-watch and chill.
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