What’s It About? - The ten-part series is about Steven Avery, a man who was exonerated after spending 18 years in prison for rape, and then charged with murder when he got out - he’s currently serving a life sentence with his nephew.
Why Was It Made? - Filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi were fascinated by the case when it made headlines in Nov 2005. They identified a conflict of interest between the State and Avery, and wanted to explore the story in more detail.
Were Avery’s Crimes Toned-Down? - Those with intimate knowledge of the case have accused the filmmakers of trying to make Avery into a more sympathetic figure by glossing over his criminal past.
Did The Government Approve Of The Show? - The filmmakers have said that the state tried to subpoena their footage, and that they had to hire a lawyer to retain their material. “We really think it was an effort by the state to shut down our production,” said Ricciardi, adding “The people in power weren’t always happy we were there (in the courtroom).”
Did We Get The Whole Story? - Ken Kratz, the former Calumet County district attorney who prosecuted the case, stated in an interview that the filmmakers ignored almost 90% of the physical evidence that was found against Avery for the homicide.
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