Making a MurdererLatest News and Opinion
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 9:11PM EST
Wisconsin's new Democratic leaders could be good news for Making a Murderer's Steve Avery and Brendan Dassey
Source: Rolling Stone
Governor Scott Walker and Attorney General Brad Schimel, both Republicans who were ousted in Tuesday's midterms, have been described as “the top two elected officials most determined to keep Avery and Dassey convicted." They will be replaced by Democrat governor and a Democrat attorney general. As a result, both Avery and Dassey are said to have a better chance for clemency.
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:25PM EDT
American Vandal Season 2 already parodied Making a Murderer Part 2
The opening montages of the Netflix true-crime documentary spoof and the newly released second season of the true-crime documentary series Making a Murderer are virtually identical.
Posted Saturday 10/20/18 at 2:43AM EDT
Making a Murderer Part 2 is true-crime turned plodding since it lacks the bombshell factor
Making a Murderer couldn't re-create the surprises of Part 1, which was the talk of Christmas 2015. "Filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos essentially concede as much in the first episode by racing through news footage that captures the flood chatter generated by season one," says Jen Chaney. "The 'Making a Murderer was a game changer' snippets are a bit self-serving, but they make it clear that this Netflix series altered the course of the Teresa Halbach murder cases, and in turn, has altered the way the filmmakers will tell this story going forward. Making a Murderer Part Two, then, isn’t so much a narrative about a working-class Wisconsin family and how two of its members were potentially framed by law enforcement for committing murder. Instead, it is a less shocking, more plodding, in-depth procedural that depicts the legal steps required to attempt to overturn (Brendan) Dassey’s conviction by proving that his police confession was coerced, while relitigating (Steve) Avery’s case altogether to prove he was wrongly jailed for the second time in his life."
- Making a Murderer has clearly learned some lessons from Season 1 with attempts to head off any potential backlash
- As advocacy, Making a Murderer has achieved the exact opposite of its mission
- Brendan Dassey is able to watch his favorite show, Lethal Weapon, behind bars
- Filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos wanted Part 2 to explore the "black hole" of the post-conviction phase of the criminal justice process
Posted Friday 10/19/18 at 2:31PM EDT
James Corden mashes up Halloween with Making a Murderer
Source: Rolling Stone
Check out The Late Late Show's production of Making a Halloween Murderer: Michael Myers.
Posted Tuesday 9/25/18 at 1:05PM EDT
Making a Murderer returns to Netflix for "Part 2" on Oct. 19
The 10-episode second part of the acclaimed 2015 docuseries will follow up on the case of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey. “Building on Part 1, which documented the experience of the accused, in Part 2, we have chronicled the experience of the convicted and imprisoned, two men each serving life sentences for crimes they maintain they did not commit. We are thrilled to be able to share this new phase of the journey with viewers," filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos said in a statement.
Posted Wednesday 7/04/18 at 12:54AM EDT
Making a Murderer attorney arrested for alleged stalking and harassment
Len Kachsinky, who served as Brendan Dassey's attorney, was taken into custody on Monday after he was accused of violating a restraining order sought by his former law clerk. He allegedly harassed her staring at her and making cat noises. Kachinsky was later released pending further investigation.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 1:35PM EDT
U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Brendan Dassey's Making a Murderer appeal
Source: NBC News
As is typical, the Supreme Court declined to say why it was rejecting the case of Dassey, whose attorney say was coerced into confessing to rape and murder. Dassey's profile was raised after he featured in the 2015 Netflix hit docuseries Making a Murderer.
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
How Netflix created its golden age of true-crime documentary series
Source: Rolling Stone
Docuseries from Making a Murderer to Evil Genius to Wild Wild Country owe a debt to The Staircase, which aired on Sundance Channel in 2005. Jean Xavier de Lestrade's docuseries on Michael Peterson was the "the Rosetta stone of modern multi-part crime explorations." ALSO: Nxivm and Wild Wild Country have boosted interested in cult programming.
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
The Office meets Making a Murderer
Watch a mashup that suggests Toby Flenderson is the "Scranton Strangler."
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 11:19PM EST
Convicting A Murderer aims to tell the
story from the prosecution's perspectiveSource: The A.V. Club
Netflix and the Making a Murderer team aren't involved in the follow-up to the hit docuseries series. The independently funded Convicting a Murderer aims to fill the gaps left by the Netflix series and "fight for the truth," but it has yet to find a network or streaming home.
Posted Wednesday 2/21/18 at 7:00PM EST
U.S. Supreme Court asked to take up Making a Murderer case
Source: New York Post
Lawyers for Brendan Dassey want America's highest court to review a federal appeals court decision that his confession was voluntary.
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 9:21PM EST
A federal appeals upholds the conviction of Brendan Dassey in Making a Murderer case
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The U.S. Appeals Court ruled 4-3 to uphold Dassey’s life sentence conviction, ruling that police acted properly when they were accused of coercing a confession.
Posted Friday 10/20/17 at 11:40PM EDT
What inspired American Vandal?
The creators of the Netflix mockumentary discuss how Election, The Jinx, Making a Murderer and Freaks and Geeks inspired their work.
Posted Tuesday 10/03/17 at 11:32PM EDT
Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery denied a new trial
Source: ABC News
A judge ruled Tuesday that there wasn’t sufficient evidence for Avery to be retried for the murder of Teresa Halbach and that "no further consideration will be given to this issue."
Posted Friday 9/15/17 at 10:40PM EDT
Netflix’s American Vandal makes fun of Making a Murderer, with Netflix’s blessing
Source: Vanity Fair
The true-crime documentary series that was released in December 2015 paved the way for the new mockumentary American Vandal. “I got the idea if we could use that same toolkit, if we could make it feel like one of these true-crime documentaries, we could get people to care about d*cks,” says co-creator Tony Yacenda. Netflix was on board, as long as it wasn’t a show with an extended penis joke. PLUS: American Vandal reinvents the d*ck joke.