Making a Murderer Creators: ‘Media Are Demonizing’ Steven Avery

By Chris Ariens 

The co-directors of the true crime documentary Making a Murderer say they continue to talk with the subject of their story, convicted murderer Steven Avery, with the possibility of a follow-up.

“We’ve had several telephone conversations with Steven Avery,” said co-director Laura Ricciardi. “We did record those calls, with an eye towards including them in any episodes, should there be any,” she said during a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Sunday.

Making a Murderer quietly debuted on Netflix on Dec. 18. The 10-hour documentary, filmed over 10 years, and taking place over the span of 30 years, quickly became fodder for critics of the criminal justice system, as well as for cable news hosts, like HLN’s Nancy Grace and FNC’s Jeanine Pirro, who are convinced of Avery’s guilt.

“It’s now on a national scale that the media are demonizing this man in order to prove his guilt,” said Ricciardi. “We showed Stephen Avery, warts and all. We did not set out to convict or exonerate anyone, we set out to examine the criminal justice system and how it’s functioning today,” she said. “We were not putting on a trial but a film.”