So, like most of America I watched Making A Murderer.
For those who don't know, it's about Steven Avery.
In the first episode we discover that he was wrongfully sent to prison for 18 years for a rape he did not commit. A DNA test cleared his name. He was released and went after Manitowoc County for sending him to jail. I'd totally do the same thing by the way. I mean, that's 18 years of his life that he can't get back. He had 4 kids that he missed seeing grow up. He might have won 36 million.
BUT. Then he was accused of murdering Teresa Halbach. The keys to her vehicle were magically found in his house on the SEVENTH time the police searched it. Right out in the open. A lot of the police force of Manitowoc County have clearly been corrupted, and this makes me sad as my husband is a cop and he would NEVER behave like some of the men did. Thanks for making cops look bad, guys.
Steven wasn't the only one accused. His nephew Brendan Dassey was basically forced to say he was involved. By the police. *Sighs*
Here are other reasons why Making A Murderer pissed me off.
--Steven Avery was accused of shooting Teresa Halbach but where is all her blood? The defense claimed to find a bullet fragment with Teresa's DNA on it. I just...I go back and forth. It does seem like he was set up. I was like this while watching the show often:
Len Kachinsky. Brendan's appointed lawyer. He clearly thought Brendan was guilty. And he looks like a pedophile. I wanted to punch his smug face so many times. It was obvious that he loved the attention more than he loved helping Brendan.
--Oh, and this guy.
Ken Kratz, the district attorney for Wisconsin. His voice is that of a psychopath. I knew something was off about it. And sure enough, in the last episode we find out that this dude was sexting women he was representing. He also abused prescription drugs. And yet, everyone trusts that this guy was of sound mind when he put Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey behind bars. Makes total sense, Manitowoc County.
--Why weren't there lawyers who offered to work pro bono for Brendan Dassey? You'd think SOMEONE would feel for this poor teenager who was being fed what to say by the police. So where were all the lawyers in Wisconsin?! Why make him suffer through appointed ones (like yucky Len??) Has no one seen I Am Sam? Where's Michelle Pfeiffer when you need her?
--Oh my gosh, the phone conversations between Brendan and his mother made me want to tear my ears off. Sometimes they'd START the conversation with "Yeah?" "Yeah." What were they even Yeah-ing about? I'm baffled. Then again, I have a teenage son who likes to grunt out words, so maybe I do get it.
--In the courtroom, lawyers were always scribbling stuff down in notebooks. I wanted to see what they were writing. Where they like, "This guy is a total ass," when the other side was up? I would so do that. For example, if I were watching Ken Kratz plead his case I'd write, "Mustache frightens me. Voice belongs in the TV show Hannibal."
--Brendan did NOT get a fair trial. People tried to get him a fair trial afterwards but it was denied. I'm confused. If you watch the tapes, you see Brendan was coerced to say a lot of things. The kid was terrified. All he wanted to do was return home. So he said what the police wanted him to say. My husband was livid when he saw the interviews. "Where's his lawyer? Where's his mother? You can't pick up a kid from school and interview him!" My husband went on and on and on.
--Uh. Brendan and his mother didn't know what inconsistent meant. In a phone conversation after we get through all the "yeahs" he asks his mother was inconsistent meant. She had no idea. And yet, Brendan was tossed in jail. The poor kid doesn't get common words, yet the state thinks he helped commit a murder? What the EFFING EFFING hell?
So have you seen Making A Murderer? Did it piss you off too?