APIt's fair to say Steven Avery's supporters have increased 100-fold after Netflix released its documentary series "Making a Murderer" earlier this month.
To recap, Avery was exonerated for the rape and attempted murder of a female jogger after already serving 18 years in prison for the crime. After a jubilant return to his home in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, he brought a $36 million civil suit against the county and several individuals from the police department who were involved in his arrest and conviction.
But as depositions started for the civil suit, Avery was arrested for murdering photographer Teresa Halbach, who was last seen on the Avery family's property in 2005 photographing a car.
Avery, as well as his 16-year-old nephew Brendan Dassey, were convicted of the murder and they're currently serving life sentences for that and other related crimes.
After watching the Netflix series, viewers have been sickened by many aspects of the Halbach investigation and trial, especially the apparently close involvement of the Manitowoc Police Department's Sgt. Andrew Colborn and Lt. James Lenk — both of whom were named in Avery's ongoing civil suit at the time.
In his department's defense, Manitowoc County Sheriff Robert Hermann told htrnews.com that the documentary isn't a fair portrayal of the Halbach investigation.
"I won’t call it a documentary, because a documentary puts things in chronological order and tells the story as it is... I’ve heard things are skewed," said Hermann, who hasn't watched the series but has been discussing it with the department. "They’ve taken things out of context and taken them out of the order in which they occurred, which can lead people to a different opinion or conclusion."
Here's a look at some of the reasons why "Making a Murderer" obsessives believe the men to be wrongfully convicted: