Making a Murderer: Prosecutor in Steven Avery case responds to Netflix documentary
Netflix’s Making a Murderer is a documentary series about Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who served 18 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit and who, just two years after getting released, was convicted of murder and put in prison once again. Filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi gathered hundreds of hours of footage for the documentary that they ultimately condensed into 10 hourlong episodes — but Ken Kratz, the special prosecutor in Avery’s murder case, isn’t pleased with how they chose to edit this footage.
“I believe there to be 80 to 90 percent of the physical evidence, the forensic evidence, that ties Steven Avery to this murder never to have been presented in this documentary,” Kratz told Fox.
Demos maintains that they offered Kratz opportunities to speak to them for the series, but that Kratz rejected those invitations. (He does appear in the final cut, though only in footage from press conferences and court.) “We believe the series is representative of what we witnessed,” Demos told Fox. “The key pieces of the state’s evidence are included in the series.”
Making a Murderer arrived on Netflix Dec. 18, and viewers have already swarmed to the Yelp page for Kratz’s law firm to post negative reviews. “If you would like to get falsely convicted for crimes you do not commit, Ken Kratz is your man,” one post reads.
Because of the influx of reviews obviously motivated by Making a Murderer, Yelp has added a note to the page announcing that they plan to “remove both positive and negative posts that appear to be motivated more by the news coverage itself than the reviewer’s personal consumer experience with the business,” and that some of the posts now visible on the page might eventually be gone once the cleanup process begins Monday.