Remember Serial? We thought that was a big deal, but the Making A Murderer phenomenon was a WHOLE different thing when it hit Netflix back in January.
Since the series, which documented the cases of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, who were jailed back in 2007 for the murder of Teresa Halbach, conversations about it have petered out from approximately 58 a week to maybe one or two – and only when a new piece of information about the case or programme is released.
(Oh, spoiler alert! Really though, if you haven’t watched it now it’s your own fault.)
During the hype, when people were approximately 5-7 episodes into the ten, it was the unlikely crush on Steven’s defence lawyers Dean Strang and Jerry Buting that was getting the Internet excited. But, since everyone finished it, it's been the updates from their cases and alternative theories of who killed Teresa — and there have been LOADS — that have had people hooked.
The details on Brendan's release...
Yes, it’s actually happening. Brendan’s murder conviction has been overturned on the grounds that investigators made false promises meaning he didn’t get the fair trial, as guaranteed in the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution.
Dean Strang, one of Avery’s defence lawyers, spoke to the Huffington Post about the decision: ‘[Dassey's] statements were also wholly unreliable and flatly wrong on essential details, which is one of the obvious risks of coercing a statement from someone in custody. Our federal courts are often the last protectors of our liberties and justice. We are thankful and proud that a federal court fulfilled its fundamental role for Brendan Dassey today. In doing so, this federal court served all Americans.’ (Read more Dean Strang quotes here.)
The news about the second series...
The next part will cover the legal and investigative teams of Steven and Brendan’s challenging the convictions, while the State fights to have them and their life sentences upheld.
Kathleen Zellner has become a main figure in the Making A Murderer story, though she became Steven’s lawyer after the first series aired, and will feature alongside the teams, families and characters involved in the case.
'We are extremely grateful for the tremendous response to, and support of, the series. The viewers’ interest and attention has ensured that the story is not over, and we are fully committed to continuing to document events as they unfold' said executive producers and directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.
At the Stranger Than Fiction panel in New York earlier this year, Laura Ricciardi got everyone excited by the prospect of a second series when she told Variety: 'From our perspective this story is obviously not over. It’s real life and (Avery’s and Brendan Dassey’s) cases are both still pending'.
The latest from Steven's case...
Those who don’t believe Steven is guilty were happy about the news of a new lawyer — Chicago-based Kathleen Zellner — over the case. Not only is she sure there were mistakes made in Steven's case but she’s very active on Twitter (which you should follow for updates) and appears to be getting pretty excited by recent developments....
Now, there's a whole host of new information about the case and we'll keep you updated on it all, right here...
The latest is Steven Avery will be out in 'months', if Curtis Busse, of the Steven Avery Project, is anything to go by. He said attorney Kathleen Zellner is confident he'll get out and maybe even without a new trial.
Busse said in an interview on WIBX 950AM: 'We're not even looking for a new trial. We're actually looking for an exoneration.
'Zellner's very confident, and Steven is also very confident that it's not gonna take that much time. And we're talking months here.'
When asked what this was based on, he said: 'Phone records, DNA, there's alibis there that weren't proven the first time that Zellner is taking to the next level and gone the extra mile to prove. They're going to show that the blood [in victim Teresa Halbach's car] and the age of the blood, it's not going to match up between the two.'
Not only this but Zellner has said she's even identified other people who she thinks committed the crime and framed Steven. Speaking to Newsweek, she said: 'We have a couple. I'd say there is one leading the pack by a lot.
'But I don't want to scare him off, I don't want him to run. '
Kathleen Zellner also revealed she'd found him an 'airtight alibi'. In evidence, which some are comparing to Serial, SA & TH mobile phone tower records show that Teresa Halbach DID in fact leave the Avery property while Avery stayed there.
It's possible Avery left the property but left his phone at home, but it does seem to prove Teresa left — and 100% it makes the already-confusing case even more so.
We'll just have to wait for the new episodes...