A new opinion piece: ‘Injustice porn’ like Making a Murder and Serial celebrates men who kill and abuse women
Things I’d like to ask the filmmakers now
So, I just watched the first six and a half episodes of Making a Murderer, couldn’t stand the suspense, skipped to Episode 10 and started googling. All this to say there are still two and a half hours of the new Netflix documentary, which I haven’t yet seen.
The series is about the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, who was alleged to have been killed by Steven Avery, a man exonerated by DNA evidence in 2003 after spending 18 years in jail for a wrongful rape conviction. Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey was also charged with the murder. They were both convicted at separate trials in 20017.
I have to say that I was pretty convinced from the beginning, they didn’t do it, but I certainly have some questions about the filmmakers’ techniques and what they left out. For the record, here they are:
- Why did this take until 2015 to be released when the action in the form of the two guilty verdicts came down in 2007? That’s a hell of a long time to wait and I haven’t seen the delay satisfactorily explained.
- Why did the filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, deliberately try to make the victim’s brother look suspicious but never deliver the gods?
- Ditto the ex-BF and the roommate. If you’re going to cast suspicion like that, don’t you have a duty to follow up?
- Why didn’t the filmmakers find out who the phone calls Teresa was avoiding came from? For that matter, why didn’t they independently pursue any other leads? They pretty much confine themselves to the courtroom in what seems to be an odd decision. Are they worried about what they will find elsewhere?
- Why did they let the fact that Steven Avery burned a cat go without further questioning about his childhood and psychology?
- What was the story of the harassing letters he is supposed to have sent to his ex-wife?
- Why did the Innocence Project run away from this story after the murder charges were laid?
- Why is the third remains site only mentioned once?
- What’s the deal with the idea there was some kind of jury funny business including possible jury tampering?
- Did any of the media who seemed relatively sceptical about the prosecution’s case ever follow up, and if so why not?
Update: Read my latest post, Who killed Teresa Halbach?