Interest in the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer is stronger than ever, so The Today Show had filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos on to discuss a “big announcement” regarding their subject, Steven Avery. Making a Murderer, which is basically Serial in video form, has generated an unbelievable amount of interest — everything from negative Yelp reviews for the lawyers involved in Avery’s case, to the involvement of Anonymous. So what more can Ricciardi and Demos possibly add to the mix?
According to the interview, a lot. As in we-were-contacted-by-one-of-the-jurors-who-thinks-Avery-was-framed a lot. Per Ricciardi:
“We were contacted by one of the jurors who sat through Steven Avery’s trial, and shared with us their thoughts. They told us, they believe Steven Avery was not proven guilty. They believe that Steven was framed by law enforcement and that he deserves a new trial. And if he receives a new trial, in their opinion, it should take place far away from Wisconsin.”
When asked whether this supposed juror had voted to convict Avery during the trial, Demos confirmed as much and relayed what this person had told her and Ricciardi:
“Obviously we asked this person, ‘Explain what happened. Why did you cast your vote for guilty?’ What they told us was that they feared for their personal safety.”
Before this bomb dropped, the biggest piece of Making a Murderer news concerned what Ricciardi and Demos allegedly left out of the documentary. Now that the fires of the “law enforcement conspiracy” have been doused in more gasoline, however, there’s a good chance the two new crazes will be 1) said conspiracy theories, and 2) the identity of the juror who contacted the filmmakers.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s reporting at the time, the Avery jury pool consisted mostly of “people who hold blue-collar jobs or don’t work, either because they are retired or are homemakers.” However, one member stood out:
“There’s also a 41-year-old man who describes himself as independently wealthy, retired and as a part-time singer in a rock ‘n’ roll band.”
Rock stars love drama, so our money is on the now-50-year-old musical maestro the juror who contacted Ricciardi and Demos. Besides, among a small army of blue-collar workers, retirees and homemakers, who would be the most likely to “[fear] for their personal safety” at the hands of the local police? The musician, of course!