Making a Murderer

Elena Harter ‘17

***NO spoilers in this article***

Yes, Christmas is over, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop binge watching during the school season! New series, Making a Murderer, has sparked huge ratings on Netflix. With only 10 episodes that are an hour each, the series was produced over a 10 year period and gained about 700 hours of footage. HBO and PBS passed up the offer to help make this documentary, but Netflix was 100% on board.


Multiple articles online advise you to start this series when you have about 10 hours of free time… A.K.A don’t sleep. In the first episode you learn about a man named Steven Avery who was convicted of raping Penny Beernsten and arrested him after Beernsten picked his ID out of a police line-up. He was sentenced for 32 years in prison on December 14, 1985. He served 18 years in prison instead because new DNA was found in 1995 that didn’t match Avery’s and Avery was released September 11, 2003. He sued the state of Wisconsin for wrong imprisonment for $36 million and  $400,000 was settled in 2006.


After Avery was released from prison.



Beernsten (on right) spoke out about the documentary.

However, in 2005 a woman named Teresa Hilbach was reported missing. Hilbach was a photographer who was scheduled to meet with Steven Avery at his home on the grounds of Avery’s Auto Salvage to photograph a minivan for Auto Trader Magazine. She went missing the same day.


Teresa Hilbach

That’s enough background information before spoilers are given out! I would highly advise you to binge watch this thrilling show before you read too many spoilers online!

Here’s the trailer for the show if you’re interested:

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