'Making A Murderer' Is The Latest True Crime Craze
A year ago, the true crime craze was the podcast “Serial.” In 2016, it’s “Making a Murderer.”
The new Netflix documentary series was made over the course of 10 years by filmmakers Faura Ricciardi and Moira Demos. It focuses on the life of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man in a three-decade war with the justice system.
After spending 18 years in jail for a crime he was found to be innocent of, Avery was convicted of murder two years later. The series investigates whether he was framed by law enforcement.
The show has garnered a huge following, and more than 100,000 people have signed an online petition to pardon Avery. NPR’s David Folkenflik talks with Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd about what makes the show so riveting, and where we draw the line between journalism and entertainment.