Making a Murderer was the Netflix original that had most of us ignoring our families over the holidays so we could binge watch all 10 hours of it. The documentary captivated audiences, spawned several parodies, and turned anyone with a Netflix password into a detective. Whether you thought Steven Avery was framed for the murder of Teresa Halbach, or agreed with the jury that he was guilty, one thing's for sure—it had people's attention. Several months have passed, and many things have changed since Making a Murderer first aired.
1. Brendan Dassey's going to be released.
Steven Avery's 16-year-old nephew,Brendan Dassey, was convicted in 2007 of the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. A judge has recently overturned Dassey's life sentence citing several factors including Brendan's age, alleged learning disability, and his interrogation without a "supportive adult" present. The state has 90 days to appeal or initiate a retrial. At the end of the 90 day period, Dassey will be set free. Nancy Grace is not happy about it.
2. Brendan Dassey's mom got some ink (and might be psychic.)
Brendan's mom Barbara Tadych, along with a family friend, got matching tattoos on their thighs that said, "Justice for Brendan." About a half hour later the appeals court announced the decision to release him.
3. Friends and family of Teresa Halbach are trying to shift focus onto her instead of the Dasseys.
Sadly, the victim in the case, Teresa Halbach, often gets ignored in the drama surrounding Making a Murder. Those close to Halbach are trying to "turn the attention" away from the recent court ruling and back onto the young photographer gone too soon. Almost 11 years since her murder, and it's still painful for those who loved her. “She’d have a big smile on her face and always happy and always trying to do better than what she did in her pictures, in her photography and in her own life," Teresa's friend Tim Pierce said. Another friend is encouraging everyone to wear blue in honor of Teresa at a race in Halbach's hometown in August.
Despite standing by his side during the filming of Making a Murderer, the ex-fiancée of Steven Avery, Jodi Stachowski has since come forward to say she definitely thinks Avery is guilty of the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach. While she is happy Brendan is getting released from his life sentence, she's reportedly terrified Steven Avery will get out of prison.
5. We've all moved on to binge watching Stranger Things.
Time has passed and while the saga moves from Netflix back to the court system, we've all moved on to the next obsession. Stranger Things is the new binge watching pleasure that's taken over Netflix to scare the pants off of us. I for one am glad to spend my next binge obsession reveling in a fictional demogorgon than a real-life rape and murder.