As the Netflix docuseries Making a Murderer continues to fascinate viewers and pull at their heartstrings, attorney Dean Strang reminds people that this the case is a real life situation that occurs more often that most people would assume.
Although it’s not necessarily unusual, numerous “fans” are stopping by Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, to take pictures next to the Avery’s Auto Salvage billboard sign, or to simply visit the town made famous by Making a Murderer, a film the chronicles the case of Steven Avery, 53, who was convicted of the 2005 murder of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach.
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Strang indicated that he while he’s happy so many people watched the film, one of his concerns is that some viewers may not grasp just how real the situation is. Family members of Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, live through the reminder each day, after the two centerpieces of the documentary were convicted of killing Halbach. That’s not to say that most people don’t know and understand the “realness” of the incident, but others, unfortunately, are treating the film as a evening drama show.
FOX 6 Now reports Strang watched Making a Murderer just like millions of other viewers, but since he lived through the case’s harrowing defeat and experienced it first-hand, he didn’t “binge watch” like most people. In fact, it took him close to a week to watch the full series, mainly because it was all too real for him.
“I watched it like everyone else, but probably more slowly than everybody else. That is to say it took my wife and me three or four days — that is, three or four sittings to get through… I’m hoping the viewers are not forgetting that it’s real life — that real people are having their stories told, and as long as you’re not forgetting that, I understand the appeal of a ‘who done it?’ I understand the interest into a peek into a real-life criminal case for people who don’t work in the justice system.”
The popularity of the film has given Strang the opportunity to reach out in person. Along with defense attorney Jerry Buting, Strang is set to embark on a multi-city tour, starting in March. Both Buting and Strang will talk more in-depth about the Avery case, as well as educate people on just how serious the damage of a corrupt legal system can be. Regardless of opinions on the Avery case, Strang states that fraudulence within the legal system is something that happens to innocent people all the time.
The tour, called “A Conversation on Justice,” will be about the core facts regarding the legal system. In other words, don’t expect anything extravagant, save two attorneys answering questions about justice and the law.
“It’ll be a question and answer format. As I understand, the audience will have a chance to ask questions that would be screened and then asked by Mitch Teich. I don’t think there’s an opening monologue or anything schmaltzy to it.”
Meanwhile, Steven Avery remains behind bars as his wrongful conviction attorney Kathleen Zellner continues to probe for new evidence that could exonerate him. When questioned in January whether he thinks Avery will be set free one day, Stang indicated that it will all boil down to any new evidence found that can help Avery’s plight.
“We’re all hoping the attention to this induces somebody who saw something, who heard something or who has been carrying a secret to come forward.”
Making a Murderer is still available to stream on Netflix.
[Photo by AP/Morry Gash, Pool]