Since its debut in December last year, the country has been morbidly fascinated with the Netflix true crime drama, Making a Murderer. From elaborate Reddit threads theorizing about whether the documentary’s main subject, Steven Avery, was truly guilty of the crime for which he was convicted, to White House petitions insisting on a presidential pardon for the accused, filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos have had their hands full with interview requests and media appearances. Also at the center of the media frenzy was the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department, which seemed to unfairly bear the brunt of the public’s criticism for its role in the original 2005 murder case documented in the Netflix series — and in an interview with Romper this week, Manitowoc Sheriff Robert Hermann finally spoke out about at least a few of the things that Making a Murderer got wrong.
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While not all of Hermann’s grievances could explain away the more complicated plot points of the case — Brendan Dassey’s unsettling confession or all of the allegedly planted evidence in particular — a deeper look into the original trial coverage recently re-posted by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has somewhat bridged any lingering gaps in the story. Together with Hermann’s statements, the combination could possibly be enough to convince even the most skeptical of viewers that Making a Murderer, as sweeping and captivating as it was, may not have been telling the whole story.
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