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Netflix Goes 'Serial' with Its First True Crime Story, 'Making a Murderer'

By Cindy Davis | Streaming | December 11, 2015 |

By Cindy Davis | Streaming | December 11, 2015 |

“There isn’t one iota of physical evidence in this case that connects Steven Avery to it.”

Sound familiar? Not content to let any programming pass it by (Netflix’s chief content officer says Narcos is watched by more viewers than Game of Thrones), the streaming service and increasingly prolific (who’ll produce 31 scripted series in 2016) original content provider is getting in on Serial and Jinx True Crime territory. As a reader who once thrived on the genre, I’ll confirm my sometime addiction is in great danger of resurfacing, especially since we’ve all see how brilliantly Netflix handles nearly everything they create.

Making a Murderer studies the case of Manitowoc County native, Steven Avery, who was wrongfully convicted of rape and served eighteen years (combined sentence) in prison. Freed due to efforts by the Wisconsin Innocence Project, Avery was welcomed home with open arms and there his story might have ended with the bittersweet happiness some hope Adnan Syed will one day feel. But, two years after his release, Avery was charged with another crime, this time the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, an accusation Avery claimed he was being framed for again. Thirty-seconds into this trailer, you’ll be hooked.

“There are an unbelievable number of twists and turns in the story arc of Making a Murderer. [The series will also explore] ‘allegations of police and prosecutorial misconduct, evidence tampering and witness coercion.” (Netflix)

Just go ahead and say goodbye to your entire Force Awakens weekend; Making a Murderer premieres on Netflix December 18th.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)

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