Making a Murderer – Review / Thoughts

by ChinaBambi

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


• About

Filmed over a 10-year period, Making a Murderer is an unprecedented real-life thriller about Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. Set in America’s heartland, the series takes viewers inside a high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear.


• Pass/Fail

Pass: The fact it is real! How is this possible?! The way it is filmed, the real life footage, the disbelief it creates that this is actual real life.. WTF countless times..

Fail: The US Law & The Milwaukee Police force. The fact he is still in prison when it is clear all the evidence is tampered or could not be used? Too many questions around everything.. it just can’t of been him.. but then who could it be?? Ahhh its so crazy!

• Standout Performance

Well this doesn’t really apply to this.. but the fact Steven Avery is so strong through this (I would have lost it!) and his lawyers are fantastic.


• Who Will Like This?

Every human being! It’s real life.. so you need to see what is happening in the world! People who like detective mystery shows.

• See It Now or Wait?

See it now! I heard about the hype and within a week I was hooked.. i constantly saw updates on FB which made me want to watch it more and more.. its an on going thing still..

• Highlight

There isn’t much of a highlight.. I was super happy when that Ken Kratz the State defendant was found to be a total creep.. I knew I hated him and his stupid voice for a reason!! Read here


• Overall Impression

I am just in shock as most people are who watch it.. nothing adds up, it all seems like a big set up.. but how and who would do this.. and for the police and the US state to be so involved in this case is just weird.. it wasn’t about proving if Steven Avery did or did not kill Theresa.. for them it was about making sure he got sent down for it, they said if you find his innocent then you are saying the police did it.?

What ? It should be the state trying to find out who did this, not trying to blame one person on evidence which is constantly tampered with. The first crimes portrait sketch, the key, the vile of blood, the car, her bones.. The whole thing is just crazy and seems like it should be fiction.

I feel for Steven as I really believe he didn’t do it, and the fact someone else who did is still out there is really scary.. I mean after the first time.. they let a monster attack other women because they pinned the rape attack on him.. and now its gone a step further with murder.. ahh I just don’t know!

And Brendan.. I just cant believe the police and detectives got away with how they manipulated that boy.. how did this happen? It was clear he was bullied into saying such horrible things, and they never added up.


However Steven killed a cat in his young age(said in ep1), which I cant forgive him for.. so I just hope we find out the truth about Theresa soon and the people who did this to Theresa and the people who helped cover it should get what they deserve.. (The police have all received awards and promotions!) Ken Kratz, Lt. James Lenk, Sgt. Andrew Colborn and the two detectives who interviewed Brenden.. they all seemed very dodgy… their smirks just made me feel so uneasy. I also think her Brother and Ex Boyfriend were a little odd. Thats all I’m going to say.


The three main points this series highlights is:

1. That Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department targeted and framed Avery for the crime as retribution for long-held grudges.

2. That law enforcement coerced Dassey’s confession in an attempt to further frame Avery.

3. That there is a fundamental inequity at work in countless branches of the US legal system.

So its up to you to watch it and decided what you think happened? Be prepared to be shocked.


• Trailer

• Questions:


Were any state government employees penalized?

Aside from the allegation that the law enforcement framed Avery for Halbach’s murder, there’s undeniable proof that certain members failed in their duties. For example, Sgt. Andrew Colborn ignored a call from another office that could have freed Avery from his original incarceration much earlier, and Sg. Jason Orth’s log of visitors to the crime scene was lacking, to say the least. But to the filmmakers’ knowledge, no one was reprimanded or demoted as a result.

“It’s quite the opposite, actually,” Demos said. “People received awards. I think Kratz was named prosecutor of the year for winning the case; Tom Fassbender received an award for his role as an investigator on this case. So, no — their careers have been bolstered by this case.”

“And they’ve been promoted,” Ricciardi added. “I believe Colburn is a lieutenant now in the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department.” Lt. James Lenk has since retired.

Do they plan to keep documenting Avery’s story?

With both Avery’s and Dassey’s cases active in the judicial system, the 10th episode is hardly the end of the story, and the filmmakers plan to keep telling it. “We’ll have to see what’s happening, but we do intend to continue to follow this story, the response to it, whether things change in their cases, or whether things happen in the justice system as a result of this. Because this is about our system, and we’re just using these cases as an example,” Demos said. “I mean, if you look at Twitter, there’s so much talk about Wisconsin and Manitowoc, but people just need to look in their own town. I guarantee it’s no different.”

So lets see if the truth every comes out..



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