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.
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.