Disturbing Documentaries That Will Scar Parents Forever
Making a Murderer (2015)
Netflix documentary, Making a Murderer follows the 2005 investigation of a former district attorney, Ken Kratz, who prosecuted Steven Avery and his nephew, then 16-year-old Brendan Dassey, for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. Steven Avery was a man who had been falsely convicted and sentenced to 10 years in jail for a murder he didn’t commit. After he was exonerated and released thanks to DNA evidence, he was then accused and tried for the murder of Teresa who was last scene photographing cars in his scrapyard.
The public could not believe Avery was sentenced to more time in prison – despite evidence that cast doubt on his conviction. Brendan Dassey was a minor who family and friends described as a shy introverted kid who lived with his family. Brendan was also diagnosed with learning disabilities and had an abnormally low IQ. When he admitted to being involved in Teresa’s murder, he was pressured by police. People wondered if he was given a fair trial considering his disability and lack of understanding.
Making a Murderer highlights the confession of Brendan Dassey who appears to be heavily coerced in the taped police interview, and shows how people with mental illness are often treated in the justice system. It also reviews the disturbing details of Teresa’s death. To this day, both men are still in prison and have acquired quite the fanbase of believers who think they’re both innocent – especially Brenden Dassey.