Elizabeth Entenman
April 07, 2016 2:05 pm
FX/Netflix

The finale of The People v. O.J. Simpson aired earlier this week, bringing our Tuesday night true crime binge to an end. The show was gripping, the casting was perfect and we hung on to every last word that came out of Sarah Paulson’s mouth as Marcia Clark. We’re bummed that the series is over, even though we already knew how Simpson’s story wrapped up. But now we have a surprising observation to obsess over.

It turns out, as Refinery29 points out, FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson has a surprising connection to Netflix’s Making a Murderer, you know, the true crime docuseries you binge-watched this past holiday season. The connection goes deeper than people loving true crime stories right now. It all has to do with blood evidence. You might remember the role blood evidence played in both O.J. Simpson and Steven Avery’s cases—it’s that evidence that’s really, really hard to argue with. In Simpson’s case, his defense team argued that the DNA evidence was mishandled, so it was thrown out. The DNA experts that his legal team hired? Their names are Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld.

Do those names sound familiar? They’re the founders of The Innocence Project, an organization that has the potential to help exonerate Avery. In fact, the Wisconsin Innocence Project is the group that helped Avery prove his innocence the first time around back in 2003. And we have a feeling we’ll be hearing more from them in the coming months.

So there you have it: Even though the two cases happened many miles apart, they still share a pretty strong connection.

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