It's hard to not get caught up in this documentary after the first episode (of ten). Imagine finding yourself a victim of the "justice" system, not only once but twice! We start with a young Steven Avery. A son, husband, and father with his whole life ahead of him, who suddenly finds himself a convicted man, sentenced to 32 years in prison for the sexual assault of a prominent young woman. After fighting for nearly 18 years proclaiming his innocence, DNA evidence exonerates him and places the right man behind bars. Fast forward to a little over 2 years of freedom, and shortly before possibly reaching a 36 million dollar payday, he finds himself back behind bars, this time for murder. While watching the series, episode after episode, I was honestly hoping that this would be a fictional story. I watched a man lose his entire life as the world kept on going. His wife had left him, his children grew older and had children of their own, and there was nothing he could do but sit and wait. As I was watching, I felt the most pain for his parents. Fighting to free their son, watching them grow older, and missing out on all the little milestones as the years passed only to find themselves in almost the exact same situation.
I'm not saying they're innocent nor am I saying they're guilty. I'm simply saying that the justice system has failed them both. They both deserve re-trials, too many questions went unanswered and there was a clear conflict of interest from the beginning of the investigation. The directors, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, have done a stellar job in condensing 10+ years into a short 10 episode documentary. While there is plenty of controversy surrounding the series, I recommend you watch it and judge for yourselves. If you've already watched the series, I'd love to hear your thoughts. What did you think?
Posted by Nelia Camara