Making A Murderer season 2 finally has a confirmed release date – October 19th on Netflix. On October 31st, 2005, photographer Teresa Halbach disappeared and she was last seen alive at Steven Avery’s auto salvage yard. Following the discovery of Halbach’s vehicle and charred bone fragments in a burn pit near his home – Avery was found guilty of murder.
The first season captivated audiences worldwide and created an online debate surrounding Avery’s conviction. Since it’s premiere in December 2015, wrongful conviction groups have worked tirelessly to prove his innocence.
In season 2, directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos will introduce us to Avery’s post-conviction lawyer, Kathleen Zellner. His nephew, 28-year-old Brendan Dassey, is also represented by post-conviction lawyers Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin from Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth.
Dassey from Wisconsin, who has learning difficulties, was convicted alongside his uncle for the murder of Halbach. They were both sentenced to life behind bars.
Ricciardi and Demos said in a statement, “Steven and Brendan, their families and their legal and investigative teams have once again graciously granted us access, giving us a window into the complex web of American criminal justice.”
Adding, “Building on Part 1, which documented the experience of the accused, in Part 2, we have chronicled the experience of the convicted and imprisoned, two men each serving life sentences for crimes they maintain they did not commit. We are thrilled to be able to share this new phase of the journey with viewers.”
Here is everything we are likely to expect some season 2…
5. Steven Avery’s New Lawyer Kathleen Zellner Has An Incredible Record Of Exonerations
Kathleen Zellner has successfully exonerated 17 men in wrongful conviction cases. In 1991, she started her own law firm which represents both civil and criminal clients – handling most cases pro bono. One notable case was that of Joseph Burrows, an inmate who had spent five years on death row, who she had freed after managing to persuade the real killer to confess to the murder.
Zellner has been incredibly vocal on her social media accounts about Avery’s innocence, as she believes her client is just weeks away from release. Founder of The Steven Avery Project, Curtis Busse, revealed in an interview with WIBX, “We’re not even looking for a new trial, we’re actually looking for an exoneration. (Katherine) Zellner’s very confident and Steven is also very confident that it’s not going to take that much time.”
4. Teresa Halbach’s Ex-Boyfriend Is Accused Of Her Murder
In 2017, Zellner filed a 1,272-page motion accusing Halbach’s on-again-off-again boyfriend, Ryan Hillegas, of her murder. In season one, Hillegas made a brief testimony during the original murder trial about certain phone calls and messages. The relationship between the two had lasted roughly five years after they met in high school.
Reasons Zellner suspects Hillegas are:
- He had no alibi for the time of the murder
- He volunteered during the search for Halbach yet never revealed to law enforcement they had previously been in a five-year relationship together
- He used a fake name during the search
- He was on the search team that found Halbach’s vehicle
- He personally accessed Halbach’s phone records after her murder
- He had sustained injuries on his hands during the time frame of the murder
- He had been abusive in their relationship
Zellner told USA Today, “Our investigators contacted Mr. Hillegas to interview him. He was told that we wanted to rule him out as a potential suspect, but we needed answers to certain questions related to his alibi, abusive relationship with Teresa Halbach, knowledge of her password, injuries to his left hand, interaction with law enforcement from Nov. 3 (2005) onward, damage to Teresa Halbach’s parking light, access to Avery property Nov. 7. Mr. Hillegas never responded.”
3. Zellner Believes Avery Has An ‘Airtight Alibi’
On March 6th, 2017, Zellner tweeted her 150,000 followers: “Cellphone records of (Steven Avery) & (Teresa Halbach) provide an airtight alibi for him. She left property he didn’t.” She implies that Halbach’s phone was used after she left her (alleged) place of death. Police arrested Avery as he was the “last person to see her alive” yet if these records are true, Halbach left the Auto Salvage yard and used her phone elsewhere.
Alongside this new evidence, Zellner also believes that the blood found in Halbach’s car, which was one of the most damning pieces of evidence prosecutors had to hold onto during the trial, does not match with Avery. Founder of The Steven Avery Project, Curtis Busse, claimed that Zellner is going to prove: “That the blood (in Halbach’s car) and the age of the blood, it’s not going to match up between the two.”
When Halbach’s death certificate was made public many people were shocked by the large number of inconsistencies, some of which were:
– There’s a ‘no’ in the box for ‘Body Found’, yet there’s a ‘yes’ under ‘Autopsy Performed’.
– The cause of death was ‘Undetermined’ but then this was crossed out.
– The certificate was issued on November 10th but the bone fragments only arrived at the Calumet County Coroner on November 9th so the remains were not officially confirmed until January 19.
2. Will This Photo Of Teresa Halbach Prove The Key Was Planted?
An image of Halbach on the day she went missing could prove that the car key found in Avery’s home was planted. If we zoom in on the image it shows that she is holding a set of keys…
These are the keys for her own car, a Toyota RAV 4, which was found covered in branches at Avery’s auto salvage yard, six days after she went missing, on November 5th. The picture shows that Teresa had several keys on her chain, yet only one key attached to a fob was found at Avery’s home by the police.
This is also a good time to remind ourselves that on November 8th, when the home was searched, the police had no jurisdiction to be there – further fuelling the belief that they forced their way onto his property to plant this damning evidence.
Zellner tweeted on March 2nd: “Easy part: planting evidence. Hard part: avoiding scientific detection 10+ yrs later.#MakingAMurderer #Sciencerules”
1. Members Of The Jury Were Related To Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department Staff
On the date Halbach disappeared on October 31st, Avery had a $36 million lawsuit pending against the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department. The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported that the 16 members of the jury were eight men and eight women.
Most shockingly, the panel also included a man who had a son working for the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department and another man was married to a woman who works for the Manitowoc County clerk of courts office. Both would have been fully aware jobs may have been on the line if Avery went on to win his $36 million lawsuit. Although this is yet to be included in Avery’s exoneration case it is still a factor that could potentially be considered an unfair trial.
Whatever the result – once again we will get to see Steven Avery’s case continue as the second series is just days away. They said: “From our perspective, this story is obviously not over. It’s real life and (Avery and Dassey’s) cases are both still pending.”