Netflix has us completely and utterly hooked on the true crime genre, serving us so many documentaries it’s hard to will yourself to walk away from your screen.
Home to some of the best TV series on offer, the on-demand service is spoiling our best (or worst) spectator-selves rotten. Since the release of Making A Murderer had us all gripped to our armchairs, convinced we knew better than police, juries and supreme court judges, Netflix hasn’t left us empty-handed. Oh no, there’s plenty more true crime on offer.
From the absolutely unbelievable pizza heist of Evil Genius to the alluring strength of the cult in Wild Wild Country, the eye-opening family-focussed The Staircase to the unnerving The Confession Tapes that will have you questioning your own mind, here’s
Duncan McNab has a lot of experience dealing with major crimes.
He is a former detective in both England and Australia and has written several true crime novels including “Outlaw Bikers in Australia” and “Above the Law.” And now, McNab is considering writing a novel on what he calls a mystery – the Neil Entwistle murder case.
“It’s one of those bloody mysteries you can’t put out of your mind,” McNab said last week. “I keep seeing reasonable doubt.”
Authorities say Entwistle, then 27, shot and killed his wife Rachel, 27, and their 9-month-old daughter Lillian Rose, on Jan. 20, 2006. They say he stole a gun from his in-laws’ Carver home, used it to murder his wife and daughter and then returned it to Carver. A Middlesex Superior Court jury convicted Entwistle of their murders in 2008 and he is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The filmmakers behind Netflix’s “Making a
Murderer” documentary say they expected a backlash that would
lead people in the media to demonize Steven Avery, the Wisconsin
man whose prosecution in the 2005 death of a woman formed the
centerpiece of the 10-part series issued last month.
Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, at a news conference on Sunday,
sought to deflect discussion on the question of Avery’s guilt or
innocence and instead pointed to questions raised about the
criminal justice system in their film.
“Making a Murderer” has followed the NPR podcast “Serial” and
HBO’s “The Jinx” as a compellingly told true crime epic, leading
many people who have seen it to take up the cause of Avery, who
served 18 years in
Nancy Grace is angry – or make that angrier than usual – over “Making a Murderer,” the 10-part Netflix documentary series, which left a clear impression that Steven Avery had possibly been wrongly convicted of murder, with an assist from local media and crime-oriented talking heads, none more so than Grace. So the HLN host is exacting vengeance as only she can, on Thursday by airing a special devoted to the case, “Caught On Tape: Steven Avery Guilty?,” following her appearance pushing the same theme on sister network CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
Grace promised that she would deliver “an avalanche of evidence” pointing toward Avery’s guilt, while dismissing “Making a Murderer” as a “so-called documentary aimed at setting a killer free.” Yet the avalanche turned out to be more like a sprinkling of pebbles, peppered with the host’s unique blend of righteous indignation and
Though the crime genre has long permitted the viewer, ensconced in his or her armchair, to play amateur sleuth, it is a new wave of true crime documentaries which have actually fulfilled on the promise. First there was the podcast Serial, then The Jinx and now Making a Murderer (Netflix, on demand).
The beauty of all three is that each has, to some extent, fuelled its own soaring ascent into the zeitgeist, seemingly coming from out of nowhere and into the heart of heated conversations of guilt and innocence on every dinner table. Making a Murderer is this summer’s soaring hit, at least if the social media feed is any measure.
Investigation Discovery is partnering with NBC News’ Peacock Productions on Front Page: The Steven Avery Story, slated to air late this month. Dateline NBC correspondent Keith Morrison will host the special, which ID says aims “to provide viewers with critical details surrounding the case” and “inform viewers in light of the nearly 300,000 people calling for the release of Avery.”
Front Page comes in response to Netflix’s 10-episode docuseries Making A Murderer from directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, which premiered last month on Netflix. That series, which questions Avery’s arrest and murder conviction for the 2005 killing of photographer Teresa Halbach, prompted two petitions of outrage, with most signers demanding Avery’s release. Almost all based their anger on their viewing of the Netflix series, which some critics have said withheld important information.