I just finished the Netflix Original Series Making a Murderer this week and let me tell you, this show is BRILLIANT. I have never watched a documentary that was more beautifully done. Netflix nailed it. Bravo Netflix, bravo.
Let me start off with telling you that regardless of my opinions on anything, I realize this show was made to be very one sided. The people who created this show wanted Steven Avery's story to be heard, so naturally they did leave a few things out. No matter what I think of Steven Avery's verdict, I think that Brenden Dassey is innocent. There isn't a doubt in my mind. I think a big reason he was convicted guilty on all three charges, was based on Steven Avery's guilty verdict. The kid wasn't given a fair chance.
Brenden Dassey at the time was a 16 year old boy with very limited cognitive abilities. We must remember that regardless of what people think of him, he DOES NOT think logically like most people. He was 3 IQ points shy of mental retardation at the time. That video of his confession shows that he was telling those detectives what they wanted to hear. He thought he was just confirming a story, and he would be going back to school right after. Sometimes he didn't even know what came next in their "story". You hear them ask questions repeatedly like, "What happened next Brenden? Tell the truth. Don't lie this time." repeatedly. "Okay Brenden, what happened to her head? Don't lie." They were trying to convince the kid that he wasn't telling the truth! When they wouldn't get an answer they wanted to hear, they would say it for him. "Who shot her Brenden?" Naturally, he said "He did."
Not only was this confession coearsed, but the story doesn't match up with any evidence found whatsoever. You cannot tell me that when someone's throat is cut that there wasn't one trace of blood found anywhere in that room, on the mattress, or the garage. It just isn't possible to clean that much blood.
As for my thoughts with Steven Avery, I'm leaning towards innocent also. A man who got released from prison after 18 years for a crime he didn't commit, was about to get a huge sum of money, goes out and kills a random girl on his property? It just doesn't make any sense. If you throw Dassey's story out, there isn't really a whole lot of evidence that proves him guilty. We also have to remember the way our justice system is supposed to work. You must know without a shadow of a doubt that a person is guilty, to give them a guilty verdict. If there is even a glimpse of doubt, they are innocent until proven guilty. Between the prosecutors, judge, and the police department, everyone had a guilty verdict already in their minds before the trial even started.
Let's not forget the jurors as well. When they sat in that room for the first 4 hours of deliberations and took a vote, there were 7 votes for not guilty, 3 for guilty, and 2 undecided. That's a pretty significant swing to change 7 votes to guilty. Those jurors that changed their minds probably weren't very strongly opinionated people, were tired, and just wanted to go home. When you think about the final verdict, the 3 counts don't add up. You can't tell me someone is guilty of murder in the first degree, but is innocent of mutilation of a body. That sounds like a compromise in the jury room to me.
Steven Avery MIGHT have done it. But "might" is not enough to put a man in prison for life in my opinion, especially a second time. It would almost be easier to believe he is guilty, because the thought of putting a man in prison twice for 2 crimes he didn't commit is too sad to bear. If new evidence is found that he is not guilty, the state of Wisconsin's reputation will be ruined forever. I hope they have some luck finding more clarity on the situation.
At the end of the day, these thoughts are only my opinion. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the whole thing. This show really makes you think. It definitely kept me up at night! If you have any fun theories or articles about it, please comment below! Whether they are creditable or not, I love reading them!
Here's a few of my favorite theories/new findings:
- Number 1
- Number 2
- Number 3
Thanks for reading! XOXO
Dear 16 year old self,
I want to start off this letter by saying one thing.
Life does not go how you plan or imagine it. Whatever you picture your life to be in the future, do yourself the a favor and stop. It won't turn out that way, and in your case that's probably a good thing. It is when we have expectations that something should be a certain way that we get let down. That is the number one lesson I have learned.
Know in your heart that whatever you are feeling right now will come to an end. You have had your heart broken by both family, and friends...it probably won't be the last time either. Although you may not see it, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You will lose people, and you will gain others. You WILL be happier than you ever thought possible.
Embrace all of those football games and nights out with friends. Those nights don't last forever, and come to a screeching halt when you work a full time job.
Not reacting at all to the people who hurt you will save you so much heartache. It's an amazing feeling when you figure this one out. How beautiful is it to stay silent when someone expects you to be enraged? Have the courage to stick up for yourself when needed. Stop worrying about hurting other people's feelings so much, and worry about YOUR feelings.
Last, don't take anything for granted. Be present when spending time with the people you love. Never let a day go by where people don't feel you care.
Something I want you to take away from this letter is that I have made it, and you will get there. Your story is just beginning, and it will go on.
Your 21 year old self.