If you haven’t seen Netflix’s Making a Murderer yet, it’s time to get started! There has yet to be a season 2 release date announced, but reports of filming and a press release from producers of the show has got fans looking forward to everything this new season has to offer. If your memory is failing you, Making a Murderer is a documentary that tells the story of Steven Avery, who was wrongly convicted for rape and attempted murder in 1985. After spending eighteen years in prison, it was finally discovered through DNA evidence that Steven Avery was in fact innocent.
Instead of a happy ending to these screwed up circumstances however, Avery was only free for a few years before he was accused of murdering Wisconsin photographer Teresa Halbach. The documentary goes over the facts and evidence regarding both Avery’s case and the involvement of his nephew Brendan Dassey. The two were accused of tying Halbach to Avery’s bed, and raping her before eventually killing her and burning her body in the yard.
So, what made the documentary so interesting? The fact that many believe both Avery and Dassey are actually innocent even though they’ve been sitting in jail ever since their verdicts were announced. Dassey has since been released. There is a lot of questionable evidence, and even though our judicial system claims all are innocent until proven guilty, Avery’s history within the community might have influenced the jury’s decision – guilty. Creators did an amazing job intertwining interviews, phone calls, and media footage in such a way that viewers can’t help but get sucked into yet another binge session. With the same crew working on season two, there’s no doubt fans won’t be disappointed.
15. More Evidence
The series’ co-director Moira Demos shed light on why not all evidence was included in the series, blaming the time constrictions of the show. She is quoted saying, “We tried to choose what we thought was [Ken] Kratz’s (Calumet County Prosecutor) strongest evidence pointing toward Steven’s guilt, the things he talked about at his press conferences, the things that were really damming toward Steven.” In a press release regarding the second season, however, it was mentioned that any evidence left out of the first season will be presented and reviewed.
So, what evidence was left out of season 1? There were reports that Halbach had gone to Avery’s property before to photograph vehicles, and that Avery had answered his door in just a towel. She mentioned this to a coworker, claiming he creeped her out. Evidence was then presented that Avery had requested Halbach specifically to come photograph the vehicle and used a fake name so that she would come. Seems suspicious, however, none of this proves anything. Avery often used fake names, as he was well known within the community for his first conviction. This is just one of many points that we can expect to be discussed in the second season.
14. An Interview With Prosecutor Ken Kratz
While Prosecutor Ken Kratz was a major character in the first season of Making a Murderer, all of his appearances were taken from press conferences and interviews he’d done during the time of the trial. He had actually refused documentary film makers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi when they approached him about doing some interviews for them, but his actions since the series has gained popularity demonstrates that he might be more willing to cooperate this time around.
A self-admitted “dick” during the time of the trial, Kratz has taken advantage of his fifteen minutes of fame by cashing in on practically every interview that he’s been offered. He claims the details weren’t presented properly and that essential evidence was left out of the story even though the creators of the show made sure to include all of the evidence that Kratz repeatedly mentioned throughout the trial. Additionally, he’s writing a book on his experiences and point of view that will likely be on the clearance rack in less than a week. His sheer persona doesn’t exactly make him a lovable character whose story will encourage people to line up down the block just to read.
13. A More Constricted Timeline – Steven Avery and Parents
Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos were just students at Columbia University when they came across an article in the New York Times regarding a man who had been exonerated of a rape charge after service eighteen years in prison, only to find himself on trial from murder a few years after his release. Two weeks later, the women were in Wisconsin filming both Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey’s trials. Many people don’t realize that the documentary was filmed over a ten-year period, and covers over thirty years of history and events that revolve around Steven Avery’s life. Ricciardi was quoted describing their experience saying, “There was really no time to develop or have pre-production for the project because we were documenting a case as it was unfolding and whenever there was downtime relative to that case, we were going back and working on the historical context for the case, so we were constantly in production for the first two years.”
Over the next eight years the women would travel to Wisconsin for several days or weeks at a time to interview the families and be present for any of the events regarding the case. The second season won’t span over such a long period of time, and will likely focus more on what has happened over the last year or so.
12. An Update On Dassey’s Case – Brendan Dassey
Just a few weeks ago, a judge overturned Brendan Dassey’s conviction regarding the death of Teresa Halbach. He was looking at life in prison after being found guilty of first-degree homicide, second-degree sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse. Only sixteen at the time of Teresa Halbach’s murder, the documentary was able to portray the poor police work done while questioning the teenager. Without a guardian or lawyer present, the questioning officers were able to get a confession out of Dassey, even though he knew few details about the murder and seemed to think he’d be going back to school if only he agreed to what the officer was saying.
The judge who recently overturned Dassey’s conviction made a point to criticize the case investigators for “repeatedly [claiming] to already know what happened on October 31,” as well as making false promises to the teenager. That alongside the fact that Brendan Dassey clearly did not have the mental capability to understand what was going on all encouraged the judge to decide in Dassey’s favor. Hopefully we’ll get an interview from him regarding his feelings on what happened, as he’s expected to be released within ninety days unless the state chooses to schedule a new trial.
11. An Inside Look At The Investigation With Avery’s Lawyer – Kathleen Zellner
Steven Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner hasn’t exactly been shy about her feelings toward the case. If you aren’t following her Twitter page yet, then you need to start. She doesn’t hold back at all, tweeting things like, “Forensic evidence identifies killers as well as evidence planters. Either way it takes down criminals” and “Easy part: planting evidence. Hard part: avoiding scientific detection 10+ yrs later.” You certainly don’t want to get on her bad side! If the facts show that Avery is innocent and that evidence was planted, the guilty parties better start heading for the hills! Likely she’ll find them there though anyway.
On the second season of Making a Murderer, fans can expect for Zellner to be heavily involved in filming and she has said she’ll keep us in the loop as much as possible. With the progress she has said to have made already, it doesn’t seem like she’ll be holding much back from the public.
10. Thoughts From Avery – Teresa Halbach
While there were a ton of phone and press interviews with Steven Avery stating his innocence, he never went into detail about the evidence against him. With the popularity of the documentary, it’ll be likely that the creators will have more access to Avery and be able to get into the tough stuff. We can expect that Avery will address questions that arose in the documentary, as well as anything fans might have asked in regards to the evidence against him.
While he has gone on record explaining certain things that were brought up in trial against his character were understandably him acting out as a teenager or young guy. Avery hasn’t gone public with what he was thinking that day Teresa was supposed to photograph his vehicle. Why did he block his number when he called? Why did he request her in the first place and use a fake name? What was he doing that evening that he didn’t notice anyone messing around in his yard? Likely we’ll hear what Avery has to say about all of this.
9. Information on Other Suspects – Earl Avery
If you’ve read up on Steve Avery’s case after the documentary was released, then it should come as no surprise that Avery named two of his brothers as possible suspects for the murder of Halbach. His brother Charles Avery was known for acting strangely toward women who came to the family’s auto salvage yard, and one woman even made a police report against him after he towed her car. Additionally, he was charged in 1999 with sexual assault by use of force against his then-wife, however, the charges were later dropped. Steve Avery listed his brother Charles as a possible suspect, stating he had a reason to frame Steven “over money, a share of the family business, and over [Steven’s former girlfriend] Jodi Stachowski.”
Avery’s other brother Earl was also named as a possible suspect. Similar to Charles, he was charged with sexually assaulting his two daughters in 1995. Court documents said that both brothers had access and more knowledge about the large salvage yard than anyone else. A quote from court documents states, “They had taken over the day-to-day running of the business. They had the means and the opportunity to kill Ms. Halbach, to move her car, to plant evidence to incriminate Steven, and then to leave the car so that it would be discovered in a search.” Neither of these brothers have made comment on the accusations, and likely these accusations will be addressed in the upcoming season!
8. Interviews With Other Inmates – Steven Avery
After Making a Murderer was released on Netflix, there was much debate over whether or not Avery was actually innocent, however there were facts left out of the show that helped the jury come to their guilty decision. One of these facts came from Avery’s inmate while he was in prison the first time for rape and attempted murder. His inmate testified against Avery, saying he spoke of plans to build a torture chamber upon his release so he could rape, torture, and kill young women. The inmate said that Avery even drew him a diagram.
A second inmate also came forward saying that Avery had told him the best way to get rid of a body is to “burn it” which reflects how Halbach’s remains were found. While these testimonies add to Avery’s character, neither of them prove his guilt. In the second season of the documentary series we can expect for these testimonies to be addressed, hopefully by Avery himself.
7. No Further Interviews From Avery’s Old Lawyers – Dean Strang and Jerry Buting
You may remember Dean Strang and Jerry Buting from the interviews they did as Steven Avery’s defense team during the Halbach case, but did you know women all over the country have been swooning over them ever since? Apparently this Wisconsin duo has got women swooning over their commitment to the justice system, making them a hot commodity for many. While I don’t exactly see what is so special about these men, I suppose their dedication to Avery can be attractive to some.
Unfortunately, with Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner on board, it’s unlikely that the second part of this series will feature Strang or Buting unless they’re showing an old video clip in reference to his previous trial. This may upset just enough fans of the show, however, to encourage creators to bring back the lawyers for an interview and get their opinion on the progress of his case.
6. Interviews With Avery’s Kids – Bill Avery and Steven Jr. Avery
Steven Avery’s sons, twins Bill and Steven Jr. recently opened up in an interview with Crime Watch Daily about their father’s conviction. Unfortunately with Avery having been sent to prison on a wrongful rape conviction when they were boys, the twins hardly know their father. While Avery was in prison, the boys’ mother divorced Avery and the family has been estranged ever since.
During their interview, the boys discuss their opinion of the verdict, Bill convinced that his father is innocent while Steven Jr. wavering a bit. When asked, Steven Jr. replied by saying, “Only one person could answer that, and that’s Teresa Halbach.” The two did agree though that there was something “very shady” about the way the trials went down.
Additionally in the interview the boys talk about the discrimination they have faced since the documentary came out, as they both still use the Avery name. Even as military men they’ve been rejected from jobs just because of their estranged father and the last name they share. Hopefully the boys can get more involved in their father’s case and be included in the second season of the documentary.
5. An Update On Avery’s Love Life – Jodi Stachowski
Even behind bars Steven Avery seems to always do well with the ladies. Before he was arrested for Halbach’s murder he was engaged to Jodi Stachowki, who featured frequently in the documentary. While she certainly seemed a bit off in the series, she was sticking by her man stating there was no way he was guilty of Halbach’s murder. Now, however, she has changed her tune and claims Avery told her how to act and asked her to lie in front of the documentary filmmakers. “He’s not innocent,” she said. “I ate two boxes of rat poison just so I could go to the hospital and get away from him, and ask them to get the police to help me.” Seems like someone is looking for their fifteen minutes of fame.
After Jodi and Steven split, Avery met and was eventually engaged to Sandy Greenman while in prison. She continues to stress his innocence, but the frustration of dating a man stuck behind bars took a toll on their relationship, and the two ended up splitting. So, what lucky lady has found her way to Avery’s heart these days? With the popularity that has taken over after the first season of the documentary aired, I predict the second season will contain a juicy update regarding Avery’s love life.
4. Fewer Episodes – Steve Avery
The first season of Making a Murderer had ten hour-long episodes, which seems like nothing to those who are fans of binge watching their favorite shows, but it took the creators over a decade to make those. With thirty years to cover, a ten hour documentary makes sense. Likely the second season won’t have as many episodes as it will only be covering a year or so. Many have predicted that the creators will choose an alternative format, such as making the second part a film or shorter episodes. Likely their decision depends on how these trials unravel in real life.
Fans might have to wait a while for the release of the second season, however, there have been rumors that Netflix is working on another documentary in the meantime. And while you wait for your fill of Making a Murderer, there are plenty of shows that have picked up on the trend such as MTV’s Unlocking the Truth, FX’s American Crime Story, and coming next month CBS’ The Case of JonBenet Ramsey.
3. New Trial Footage
With Brendon Dassey’s conviction recently being overturned, there’s potential for a ton of new trial footage. Will the state require that he be tried again? Will Halbach’s family request a new trial? Only time will tell! Additionally, Avery’s team in coming up with a slew of new evidence to be presented at his retrial, which hopefully we will have access to. However, there’s evidence that Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner has alluded to that wouldn’t require a retrial. For example, Halbach’s cell phone records were used to create a timeline of the murder during the original trial, however Zellner claims the records indicate that the last location Halbach’s phone connected to a cellphone tower before it was shut off was twelve miles away from the Avery salvage yard.
Zellner also claims to have access to records the public does not. Records which show “exactly what [the police] did and did not do. And it’s a lot more about what they did not do.” It would be great if Avery didn’t require another trial, but we’ll have to stay tuned to find out.
2. The Truth Revealed
With season two we can not only expect to see evidence showing that Steven Avery is innocent, but after reexamining evidence, it’s possible a new suspect will be announced. While the first season addressed issues regarding the possibility that evidence had been planted by police, there’s still the possibility that someone else planted evidence. The Avery family was well known in their small town, and Steven especially was known for being convicted of rape and attempted murder. Even though DNA evidence eventually proved his innocence, his brothers did little to help the family’s reputation. Steven Avery’s lawyer Kathleen Zellner alluded to this possibility in an interview with the New York Times. She was quoted saying, “There is evidence that already exists in the case that points to a different location and a different suspect. We’ve got a combination of forensic evidence and a tip from somebody that we’ve interviewed multiple times that we think is credible.” Hopefully this update will be included in new episodes, finally putting this mystery to rest.
1. Avery’s Release
Well, maybe not right away but fans can sure hope to see Avery at the very least get the opportunity to a fair trial. It seems he is likely to get this after his nephew Brendon Dassey’s conviction was recently overturned. Dassey was let off due to the improper way investigators went about getting a confession from him, as the police implicated that they already knew what happened to Halbach to get him to tell them what happened. However, without a lawyer or guardian present, it was decided that his confession was involuntary under the Fifth Amendment.
So while the circumstances are certainly different for Avery, the fact that it was clear police weren’t doing their jobs properly during the investigation is certainly beneficial to his case. With no official release date just yet, fans will likely be kept waiting a while before more news is about the second season will be available. The only guarantee is that the new season will certainly be binge-worthy!