If you haven’t seen it, you’ve no doubt heard about the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer. The riveting 10-part true crime docuseries explores the case of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who spent 18 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit, only to be arrested for murder two years after he was set free. Filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos began documenting the case in November, 2005 shortly after Avery was arrested for the murder of Teresa Halbach, whose charred remains were found in a burn bit on the Avery property outside Mishicot, Wis.
Demos and Ricciardi, who got extensive interviews with the Avery family and their attorneys over a 10-year period, were on the Today show this morning, while the prosecutor in the case, Ken Kratz, was on Good Morning America. Kratz told George Stephanopoulos, “This wasn’t a documentary at all. It wasn’t until Netflix decided to repackage this as a documentary that both sides were invited to participate.” (Stephanopoulos has a cameo in the series, via a GMA clip which covered another storyline in the series: when Kratz lost his job as Calumet County District Attorney over a sexting scandal.)
Meanwhile, victims’ rights advocate and HLN host Nancy Grace, who interviewed Avery before his arrest in 2005, says she is “sick” over the thought that thousands of people have signed a petition requesting that President Obama pardon Avery. “What Netflix has done, here, is a total miscarriage of justice,” she said on her show last night.