Those of us who didn’t choose to spend time with family this holiday season were probably watching Netflix instead.
And it seems like everyone watched the same thing: Making a Murderer.
This widely popular and very addictive 10-part documentary is the story of Steven Avery, 53, who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach. (Avery’s then-teenage nephew Brendan Dassey is also involved in the alleged crime.)
Here’s the story: Avery served 18 years on a rape conviction that was later overturned by DNA evidence, which got him out of prison in 2003. Two years later, he sued Manitowoc County in Wisconsin for the injustice (and $36 million), and then rumors went across the region about the brutal murder of Halbach.
Insert the catch: Halbach was a photographer who was last seen on the Avery family property, so he’s back in jail.
Without spoiling anything, the second trip to prison appears completely trumped up and, at the very least, you walk away from your binge-viewing journey seriously pissed off about the effed-up justice system.
For proof about this U.S. angst, look no further than the Internet, which collectively pounced on DA prosecutor Ken Kratz, who was discovered to be forced to resign in 2010 after sexually harassing a domestic abuse client.
Here’s a rundown of what the Internet has done to Classy Ken Kratz and for Avery since the airing of this widely streamed documentary, and it’s amazing:
1. A formal White House We the People petition was created in December. To date, this has 126,000 signatures (at the time of this post). Sympathizers and signers represent more than 144 countries worldwide. The goal was 100,000 signatures by Jan. 19 for this to reach Obama’s attention.
2. An additional Change.org petition has been created. The petition broke 300,000 signatures two days ago and is well on its way for a goal of half-a-million.
3. #FreeStevenAvery has trended every day since Dec. 18 when the documentary was released.
4. Ken Kratz is receiving death threats. Literal “you need to die” threats. Daily.
5. Kratz Law Firm’s website has been taken down several times because of excessive trolling.
6. And now, the funny… the Internet took to Yelp to offer Kratz some “reviews.”
Sure, the reviews are a tad skewed to one side, but in lieu of Kratz deleting his Twitter and Facebook accounts, a brother needs a release, right?
Before we get to the reviews, it’s important to note that Yelp is assisting Kratz in cleaning up his account.
Now then, back to the show…