When it comes to TV shows, few come as close to stirring discussion as a true crime series. Netflix knows this, and has long profited from the genre, financing and broadcasting program after program of “did-they-or-didn’t-they” content that has encapsulated the attention of viewers to no end.
And perhaps no series has done this better than Making a Murderer.
Making a Murderer, when first aired in 2015, examined the murder of Teresa Halbach, and the ensuing convictions of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. Though both were given very heavy-handed sentences, which they are both still serving, the show’s very premise stirred doubt as to their guilty verdicts, and many believe that the duo was wrongly convicted.
Much of this tragedy is steeped in the fac that Avery had already served 18 years after being wrongly convicted for a prior murder charge.
Now, however, the filmmakers of an unofficial follow-up to the hit Netflix show titled Convicting a Murderer claim that the true identity of Halbach’s killer resides in a prison cell, and confessed to the brutal crime during the filming of their show.
The self-confessed killer, whose identity remains unknown while law enforcement authorities try to verify his claim, is already behind bars for murder, meaning his claim to (questionable) fame as the real killer could hold water.
Convicting a Murderer Director Shawn Rech told US news magazine Newsweek that the inmate in question was a convicted killer, stating: “We haven’t confirmed the legitimacy of the confession, but seeing as it was given by a notable convicted murderer from Wisconsin, we feel responsible to deliver any and all possible evidence to law enforcement and legal teams.”
He added that his documentary has “been in production for 20 months,” and had “uncovered an unfathomable amount of information and evidence” about the notorious killing.
Though this isn’t the first time somebody has potentially tried to ride the coattails of a media sensation by spuriously confessing to a widely-reported crime. In 2016, school teacher John Mark Karr was arrested in Thailand after confessing to the 1996 murder of six-year-old beauty pageant star JonBenét Ramsay, in Boulder, Colorado.
Police quickly debunked this due to an alarming lack of evidence, with nothing at all linking Karr to the crime scene, as well as certain claims made by him in his confession to be inconsistent with their own findings.
Avery and Dassey have maintained their innocence at every turn of this investigation. If the news claims which have come to light prove to be true, it may be the pair’s ticket to freedom, though this may come as little solace to Avery, who has now spent a significant amount of his life behind bars, potentially entirely due to not one but two wrongful convictions.