Making a murderer

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13 years after disproven confession, Dassey must be freed

Published May 2, 2020

Thirteen years ago this week, Manitowoc special education student Brendan Dassey was convicted of participating in the murder of Teresa Halbach based on a confession now widely acknowledged to be false. Brendan was 16-years-old and in the tenth grade when he gave that confession; today, he's 30. And he remains behind bars, serving a life term.

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"Making a Murderer" sets a release date for season two

Published Sept. 25, 2018

If you can believe it, it's been almost three years since Netflix's true crime documentary hit "Making a Murder" - and now the wait is over for the second season, as Netflix today announced that part two will hit the streaming service Friday, Oct. 19.

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Brendan Dassey's conviction overturned in Halbach murder

Published Aug. 12, 2016

A federal judge today overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey, who was found guilty of being an accessory to Teresa Halbach's 2005 murder and served as one of the subjects in the hit Netflix docu-series "Making a Murderer."

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It's official: Get ready for season two of "Making a Murderer"

Published July 19, 2016

Deadline Hollywood reported this morning that Netflix ordered another season of the now Emmy-nominated docu-series and that it is currently in production under the watch of returning executive producer/director tandem Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.

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Why Earl Avery's new comments might not matter

Published Feb. 4, 2016

Steven Avery's brother, Earl, gave a big interview to "Access Hollywood" this week that's being presented by the media as a big twist in the case. But Avery's comments are not shocking new evidence in the case.

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My last word on Steven Avery

Published Feb. 3, 2016

I didn't even see the first "Making a Murderer" piece our columnist Jessica McBride submitted to us over the holidays last month. I only took notice when our site traffic jumped through the roof the Monday after New Year' Eve. It was time to publish our first OnMilwaukee book. "Rush To Judgment" came together in what I assume is a record time.

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Stop making "Making a Murderer" merchandise

Published Jan. 15, 2016

Apparently, Brad Dassey's rap tribute to his incarcerated half-brother Brendan is just the tip of the "Making a Murderer" merchandise iceberg. The bizarre, creepy, horrifying merchandise iceberg.

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8 things that made Milwaukee infamous

Published Jan. 13, 2016

With perhaps millions of viewers seeing Milwaukee plastered on their television screens as they gobble up Netflix's "Making a Murderer" documentary mini-series about Manitowoc's Steven Avery, we got to thinking about some of the things that have made Milwaukee infamous over the years.

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Manitowoc wants to be known for more than "Making a Murderer"

Published Jan. 11, 2016

The excitement about "Making a Murderer" is all online, not at the Avery front door or in local pubs or the County courthouse. The internet's giddy phenomenon is Manitowoc's unwanted reality, and residents are tired of it.

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Avery lawyer confident but Gimbel sees long road ahead

Published Jan. 11, 2016

Steven Avery's new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, is confident that his conviction on murder charges will be overturned, but veteran attorney Frank Gimbel says it is a long and complicated row to hoe.