By Steve Schuster
“Convicting a Murderer,” a rebuttal series to Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” has found a new streaming home with DailyWire+, according to the show’s director, Shawn Rech, with Transition Studios.
According to Rech, DailyWire+ has landed exclusive rights to air the new docuseries and its streaming debut is slated for Summer 2023.
The new series will feature DailyWire+ firebrand influencer Candace Owens, who reveals the shocking parts of the story Netflix omitted from its Emmy award-winning crime docuseries.
Owens, who is recognized for her hard-hitting investigations and exposés tied to many of today’s hottest cultural and political topics, presents the facts of the case you haven’t heard and shares unedited scenes and evidence not included in the Netflix series.
The soon to be released 10-episode series contains exclusive interviews with subjects not included in the Netflix show, including law enforcement officers and family members.
“Not a lot of companies have the courage to air this type of project, which closely examines the work of a major player in the entertainment industry. This re-examination of the facts surrounding the case offers the opportunity for new public discourse and hopefully some closure for the victim’s family,” Rech said.
The deal was negotiated by Sonnier and general counsel Joshua Herr on behalf of DailyWire+, and Shawn Rech of Transition Studios.
Avery’s attorney, Kathleen Zellner, told the Wisconsin Law Journal on Friday that, “We welcome any accurate and credible commentary on the case.”
The original prosecutor in the case, Ken Kratz spoke with the Wisconsin Law Journal Saturday during an in-person interview in Fond Du Lac, Wis.
Kratz said the original Netflix series ‘Making a Murderer,’ had “20 hours to bad mouth the state and to call the cops criminals … finally the general public is going to see the real evidence … that was presented during the case and will get to know why the defense assertions of planting evidence and other wrongs that the police or prosecution was involved just didn’t happen at all,” Kratz said.
“It’s time that the whole truth comes out,” Kratz added.
Kratz also noted that “the new series will show how ‘Making a Murderer’ spliced testimony from the courtroom transcripts and how they deceptively edited all of these clips to tell a narrative that the prosecution and police had conspired to convict an innocent man … It’s going to be clear that Steven Avery is was primarily responsible for the death of Teresa Halbach.”
Also on Saturday, the new show’s director Shawn Rech spoke to the Wisconsin Law Journal.
“Documentary filmmakers whether they like it or not are deep form video journalists. You cannot overuse narrative filmmaking techniques when dealing with factual content. In our opinion Netflix did so. Viewers will now get the complete story so they can come up with a more informed opinion,” Rech said.
“You’re going to see people who thought Avery was innocent change their mind. You’re going to see law enforcement officers and prosecutors admit to certain mistakes and you’re going to see Avery Family members make startling revelations learning much more about Avery’s past,” Rech added.
As previously reported by the Wisconsin Law Journal, Steven Avery, Kratz, Andrew Colborn and Tom Fassbender may soon return to your living room in a never-been-seen-before series, “Convicting a Murderer.”
The new series is far from another season or sequel to the controversial Netflix series, “Making a Murderer.” In fact, “Convicting a Murderer” was actually made as a rebuttal to the original Netflix docuseries, according to Ken Kratz, the original prosecutor of the Avery case.
Avery is currently serving life in prison after being found guilty for the murder of Teresa Halbach. Halbach was murdered on Oct. 31, 2005. For the past 18 years, Avery has had a number of new criminal defense attorneys who have all been unsuccessful at his release. However, Avery’s attorney, Kathleen Zellner, remains optimistic that new evidence will prove her client’s innocence.
The Netflix series “Making a Murderer,” which originally aired in 2015, received criticism from the media, government officials and the general public for allegedly only telling one side of Avery’s story, revictimizing Halbach and her family, as well as incriminating law enforcement professionals.
“I watched ‘Making a Murderer,’ did some research and found out I was lied to,” said Shawn Rech, director of “Convicting a Murderer” at Transition Studios who also noted that the original series was “just layered and layered all of this nonsense.”
“Making a Murderer was cut to the integrity of a Howard Stern bit,” Rech added.
According to Rech, although the new series was supposed to air a couple of years ago, he is optimistic it will air early summer 2023. Rech said television networks are currently in the process of actively biding on the 10-episode season. Each of the episodes is about one-hour long, he added.
Rech says that the new series — being called “a Season of Truth” — tells a more complete story and tells the truth about Wisconsin law enforcement. Unlike the original “Making a Murderer” series, the new series “Convicting a Murderer” shows the forest through the trees.
“We don’t tell people what to think. We tell the complete story. Law enforcement was falsely portrayed dishonestly in ‘Making a Murderer.’ You’re going to hear law enforcement respond directly to the false accusations made in ‘Making a Murderer,’” Rech added.
During an exclusive interview with the Wisconsin Law Journal, Kratz praised the series.
“’Making a Murderer’ fooled millions of Netflix subscribers into thinking Wisconsin law enforcement officers planted physical evidence, leading to an innocent man’s conviction for a murder he never committed,” he said. “Since that time, attacks against police and prosecutors have become more egregious, and with such frequency as to cause a dramatic shift in public perception, with predictable tragic consequences. Efforts to defund the police, reform criminal justice procedures and skew the public safety narrative towards the accused have thrown many historically law-biding communities into chaos.
This story has been updated.