What I’m Watching: Making a Murderer

Okay, I’ll admit it. I spent the entire Jonas Blizzard in my apartment drinking coffee, baking cookies, and binge watching Making a Murderer. It was an absolutely perfect weekend. As you may have noticed from my previous posts (here, here, here, & here) there is always a new TV show to check out. I love winter days curled up in bed with my laptop and a hot cup of coffee, while the snow falls outside. The plan this snow storm was simple, relax. Mission accomplished. I started watching this ten part documentary after constantly reading about it in the news and hearing rave reviews from friends.

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I’ll admit, it takes an episode or two to fully get immersed in the case and all the background information. But I promise that once you hear all the different sides of the story, it is absolutely addicting. The documentary follows the story of Steven Avery a Wisconsin man who in 1985 was accused and imprisoned for the sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen. And that is only the beginning, but I won’t give anything away! All I can say is, it is definitely worth a Netflix binge.

While watching Making a Murderer I couldn’t help but find the timing interesting. I almost served as a juror on a criminal murder trial this past week! I was excused by the judge and only ended up being in the courthouse for one day. As I watched this documentary, I kept wondering what it must have been like for the jury serving on Steven Avery’s case. His fate was in their hands, a truly life changing decision. I’ll admit that in the weeks leading up to my obligatory civic duty, I scoffed at the idea of having to serve on a jury. All I could think about is how much time I could possibly be away from work. But while watching this documentary and thinking about the case I could have been a juror on, I was repeatedly reminded of the important role a jury plays in our legal system. I was almost in a similar position, deciding someone else’s fate.

All in all, I can say without a doubt that this documentary is definitely worth the hype!

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4 thoughts on “What I’m Watching: Making a Murderer

  1. Honestly, the idea of being a juror intimidates me so much! just thinking about all of our biases and the imperfect understanding of different sides of a case… it would be so easy to make a wrong judgment and wrongfully impact someone’s life! it’s a lot of responsibility. Maybe you dodged a bullet getting excused πŸ˜‰

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  2. I feel the same way about Making a Murderer as I did about Serial- Did he do it? I don’t know. Should he have been convicted? Absolutely not. So many flaws in the system.
    Watching Making a Murderer made me think about being a juror- I would be so nervous, it is such an important job!

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    • I completely agree Erin! What scares me the most is all the flaws in the system. While I was sitting in the jury box, I could not stop my leg from shaking I was so nervous. It’s such a huge responsibility and I don’t think I was prepared to make a decision that could so radically impact someone’s life.

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