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Three Things You Don’t Know About Making a Murderer

Three Things You Don’t Know About Making a Murderer
Megan Snyder
Staff Writer

One of Netflix’s most recent and successful original programs is the jaw-dropping docu-series “Making a Murderer.” While there are impressive theories circulating the Internet regarding the truth of Stephen Avery’s innocence, audiences seem to agree that the answer is still a mystery.

Here are three things you may not know about this captivating “whodunit” saga (SPOILER ALERT):

1. There may not be a second season.

Fans of the addictive, true, crime series wonder if the Avery story will continue. Is there more to be said of his cases? What about his nephew? Could a second season possibly explore the making of an entirely different “murderer?”

According to Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, nothing has been decided yet. Creators Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi are not actively preparing for any future episodes either, though they have spoken to Avery several times since the series debuted on Dec. 18.

2. The show’s creators were there as the trial was unfolding.

Speaking of Demos and Ricciardi, it took them 10 years to make the series. They first read about Avery’s fight for freedom in 2005 when they were graduate students in film school in New York. They then flew to Wisconsin to fully immerse themselves in the project.

When they arrived, Demos and Ricciardi attended Avery’s preliminary hearing and gained access to past courtroom documents. They were about to head back home when Manitowac County officials held their infamous press conference accusing Brendan Dassey of being an accomplice to the Halbach murder.

“At that point, we knew that this was going to be more than we had thought,” Demos said. It would be the first of many twists in the compelling series. That’s when the filmmakers decided to stay in Wisconsin for the duration of the trial.

3. Dean Strang and Jerome Buting have become Internet gods.

Sites like Tumblr, Etsy and Pinterest have been bombared by Strang-Buting memes, hashtags and collectible merchandise in celebration of this justice-seeking duo. The series clearly painted both defense attorneys as favorable characters in the Avery trial.

Similarly, special prosecutor and head of the investigation Ken Kratz became the butt of a slew of Internet jokes after emerging as the villain in the series. As if it were even possible, his reputation took an even bigger blow in 2010 when he was accused of sexting a client in a separate case.