Making A Murderer is more an earthquake than just another show to talk about for a few weeks or months around the water cooler. It transcends entertainment because it shows with what contempt those in power regard the rest of us. It would be a grave error to consider what took place in within the Wisconsin justice system between 2005 and now to be anomalous in any way because miscarriages of the kind we witnessed in the series, and ones far worse, whether you believe in Avery’s guilt or not, are not only commonplace, they are the status quo.
My present, but not necessarily primary purpose is to use Making A Murderer as a jumping off point to broaden the discussion about not only what to do about two men falsely imprisoned, but what to do about our broken judicial system. To achieve this goal, I would wish to be guided by an edict of William Blake:
He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars.
General Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer;
For Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars,
And not in generalizing Demonstrations of the Rational Power:
The Infinite alone resides in Definite and Determinate Identity.
Establishment of Truth depends on destruction of Falsehood continually…”
It is my fond hope that this will be a watershed moment for Americans who care deeply about justice and desire to create a more fair and just society for everyone, but my first concern is doing what I am able to do, hopefully with the assistance of others, to free Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey.