A month after the launch of Making A Murderer, the Netflix true-crime documentary that has gripped the attention of the public on both sides of the Atlantic, fans are keen to know if there is any possibility that programme makers might update them on Steven Avery’s case. And it seems their hopes are not without foundation.
“I think today marks four weeks since the series launched, and what we’ve managed to do in the past four weeks is have several telephone conversations with Steven Avery. And we did record those calls with the eye of including them in future episodes, should there be more episodes, but we’ve not returned to Wisconsin in the past four weeks,” Laura Ricciardi, one of the film-makers behind the show, said yesterday. Co-creator Moira Demos added: “You don’t know what’s going to happen. If there are significant developments, we’ll be there.”
Based on the case of Avery – a Wisconsin man who was convicted and later exonerated of rape, before being accused of murder on his release after 18 years in prison – the programme was made over 10 years, ending in 2008. Tackling themes including memory, truth, the media, and the criminal justice system itself, the series has been unprecedentedly popular. If you haven’t caught it yet, or even if you have, here is Vogue’s (spoiler-free) guide to the key players and places in Making A Murderer.