Like many lovers of true crime tales, I turned into something of a junkie when Making a Murderer was released on Netflix over the Christmas break. I was endlessly restless - eager for my next fix, but trying not to binge, counting the hours until I could at last succumb to my craving.
For the uninitiated, the first part of Making a Murderer details Steven Avery's wrongful conviction for rape and the subsequent 18 years he spent in prison before being exonerated by DNA evidence. It's an exhausting, roller-coaster of a ride, but that's barely the half of it. The story really gathers steam after Avery sues local law enforcement officials for $36 million - and so, according to documentary makers, they frame him for a more serious crime.
The rest of Making a Murdererdetails the deeply flawed investigation into the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach and the separate trials (now more than a decade ago) of Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey for the crime. Both Avery and Dassey are now serving life sentences. Debate has subsequently raged over whether events depicted in the 10-part series are an outrageous abuse of police and judicial power, or a convenient collection of half-truths designed to obscure the reality of Steven Avery's guilt.
No matter where you sit on this particular fence, you'll welcome the news that the real life lawyers featured in Making a Murderer, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, will be bringing their popular speaking tour to Australia in November. Turned into unlikely stars by the series, these lawyers will discuss systemic weaknesses in the US justice system, the psychology of false confessions and more. Each night will also feature a Q&A segment with opportunities for the audience to address questions directly to Strang and Buting.