Netflix’s documentary Making a Murderer was a huge sensation. The documentary focused on Steven Avery as he was sent to jail, alongside his nephew Brendan Dassey, for the murder of Teresa Halbach. The story was a gripping one, and the picture painted by the documentary was one of extreme injustice. From the information we all saw in Making a Murderer, it seemed that the law enforcement in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin was more interested in pinning Halbach’s murder on Avery than finding who the real killer was.
And though many fans of the documentary are still torn on whether or not Steven Avery is actually guilty, the documentary was a frightening look at our justice system, class injustice, and what can (allegedly) happen if you try to fight against the government when it wrongs you. It was a series that spurred on tons of theories and turned us all into amateur detectives, searching for the real answers to what happened to Teresa Halbach.
Naturally, Netflix didn’t wait too long to announce a second season following up on Avery and his nephew. And while we still don’t have a release date for the new season (though there has been a lot of movement in Avery and Dassey’s cases over the year since Making a Murderer premiered, like Dassey’s case being overturned in 2017), a brand new series was just announced called Convicting a Murderer.
Convicting a Murderer will focus on the Manitowoc County law enforcement and follow how they came to the conclusion that Avery and Dassey were responsible for Halbach’s murder. District Attorney Ken Kratz and Lead Investigator Tom Fassbender will get their chance to speak. The show will focus on the investigation as a whole, as well as address those accusations of police corruption and wrongdoing as they worked to build a case against Steven Avery. It will be interesting to see how this new perspective will change the public’s opinion of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, if at all.
This new show doesn’t yet have a network home, but it will be interesting to see if Netflix scoops this documentary up, especially since it’s in direct opposition to the heart behind Making a Murderer. However, with the huge impact that this story has had on viewers, it wouldn’t be surprising for the streaming service to try to own as much Making a Murderer-related content there is.
Whatever show comes our way next, it will be fascinating to see what the next chapter in this story is, and we can only hope that justice is served not only for Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey but that Teresa Halbach’s killer can officially and unequivocally be held accountable for their actions.