Let’s face it: It could be many, many months before Season 2 of Making a Murderer is released — although my book on Avery and Dassey will available April 4th. In the meantime, be sure to watch the Netflix documentary Amanda Knox. It’s just like Making a Murderer, only set in beautiful
instead of . Okay, it’s not just like it, but there are numerous, uncanny parallels between
the Amanda Knox case and the Avery and Dassey cases, including these: Manitowoc, Wisconsin
- A young woman is murdered.
- The police think they can “know” things without evidence, and therefore jump to conclusions.
- Innocent people agree to talk to the police and, in the process, unwittingly dig their own graves.
- The police have tunnel vision and won’t stop interrogating suspects until they get the answers they want.
- The government contaminates physical evidence and even misrepresents it at trial.
- The public rushes to judgment based on incredibly superficial, emotion-inducing media coverage.
- The prosecutors are obsessed with irrational, wild theories of who murdered the victim and why they murdered her.
- The media ignores facts in order to report the story consistent with a sex-based “narrative.”
- Journalists are motivated not to find the facts, but to be as sensationalistic as possible and, more importantly, to beat their competitors to press.
- The government uses dirty, nasty, underhanded tactics to win convictions.
- An appellate court saves the day for the wrongfully convicted defendants.
- Innocent people never quite recover from their wrongful convictions.
- The criminal process takes bizarre, unimaginable twists — all the way to the end.
Enjoy! (And you’re welcome.)