Stella, May I know what you thought of Making a Murderer?

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Mister and I just finished Netflix's Making a Murderer in basically one sitting. We watched the first episode for lunch. When we came home last night continued to watch the rest of the episodes save the final. By that time it was 6 in the morning. I dozed off a little by that ninth episode of the ten episode miniseries. We just finished the last episode this afternoon. That is not to say that the documentary was boring. It was actually quite fascinating. For those of you haven't heard about it, documentary examines the 2007 conviction of Steven Avery. He had already served 18 years in prison for sexual assault and attempted murder before being exonerated in 2003. Then two years later he was arrested in 2005 for the murder of Teresa Halbach and convicted in 2007. This documentary was 10 years in the making. I didn't know anything about this case when it was happening, so my opinion relies solely on this documentary. The makers of Making a Murderer have framed the whole series to lead you to think that Steven Avery is wrongfully convicted and how corrupt the law enforcement was and still is. 

I'm seven weeks late to this, Making a Murderer was first streamed on December 18, 2015. Since watching the documentary, it makes me think about how the parties involved have their lives once again in the media. The makers of Making a Murderer touched upon this point in the series, but I just wanted to point out how the media has really sensationalized murders. We are still talking about it today, seven weeks later. I admit I too am curious as to how Steven Avery is today. For those that watched the series or want an update, here is what I found out. Since the documentary was first streamed, Steven Avery has new representation. There is new information about sexual abuse that wasn't mentioned in the documentary. The lawyers on his 2007 case made around $9/hour. Breaking it down, Steven Avery got a $400,000 settlement from a civil case against the county. Of that $160,000 went to the lawyers of that case and $240,000 was split between the two lawyers on this case. After the firms takes a cut and paying for investigators and experts, the two lawyers only made $9/hour for the over 2,000 hours they worked on the case. There is also information about perspiration in the car that wasn't presented in the documentary. 

This Steven Avery story continues to be a story. 

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