Making a Murderer made us all obsessed with the cases of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. Much like Serial riveted us in November 2014, this case has roped us in with its unanswered questions and real-life villains and heroes. For example, did Teresa's brother delete some voicemails and not want to admit to it? Why would Steven Avery go to the trouble to burn a body but leave the car key laying around his bedroom? How in the hell did that hole get in the top of that vial of blood?! And WHY WOULD HE PARK THE RAV4 RIGHT BY THE FRONT OF THE SALVAGE LOT?! SO.MANY.QUESTIONS!
But then, on the other side of things, do we really think law enforcement is SO zealous that they would burn Teresa Hallbeck's body or find it and then move a body? I mean, someone put the body on the Avery property. And if it wasn't police, but someone altogether unrelated, did they really possess the forward thinking to plant the key? And what about the blood found in the car - if it was planted, wouldn't that person have to have access to the property room? It certainly appeared that blood sample was tampered with. There's so much that doesn't.make.sense.
Two things always cross my mind when I become immersed in such a show:
1. why can so many people see the injustice in hindsight, but jurors sitting in the box, listening to all the proof, can't see the forest for the trees? (And, interestingly, there were no juror interviews (except the excused juror) to explain what happened - I'd like to hear from them.) and,
2. how do we get people that are so impassioned and so outraged about a topic to realize that, for many people in Steven Avery's position, if our government doesn't provide an attorney (or pay the attorney), justice won't be found?
MAM (and Serial) highlight just how much work it takes to get a conviction overturned - no matter how outrageous it may be. A simple reminder that defendants in Tennessee doesn't have a "right" to an appointed attorney in post-conviction, and that attorneys in Tennessee are paid the royal sum of $1,000 to complete the amount of work you see exhibited in Serial and MAM. ($2,000, if they are granted "extended and complex" status.) At what point are we going to make this topic (wrongful convictions and indigent defense) a priority in our criminal justice system? Because $1,000 per case does not make it a priority - it doesn't even put it on the radar.
I could write a lot more about MAM, but I don't think I need to re-invent the wheel. Here are a few of my favorite articles from around the web:
http://www.maxim.com/entertainment/making-a-murderer-prosecutor-ken-kratz-2015-12 (Am I surprised that Kratz spoke with Maxim? Um, NO.)
By the way - I would Love to hear what y'all think. What do you think was the greatest unanswered question or the biggest issue for you?
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