[Warning: This article contains spoilers for the Netflix docu-series Making a Murderer.]
If you spent your holiday weekend binge-watching Netflix’s addictive true crime series, Making a Murderer, you’re in good company. Since premiering on Dec. 18, the critically acclaimed 10-episode documentary (Yahoo TV’s own Ken Tucker called it a “must-watch”) has lit up social media as more and more viewers are looking for ways to express the incredulity and/or outrage over the case of Steven Avery, the accused Wisconsin man at the center of a twist-filled story involving an alleged murder, possible police corruption and an overall damning portrayal of the American judicial system
And some of those viewers have very familiar names. On Dec. 27, actress and activist Mia Farrow took to Twitter after consuming the entire series and declared herself “outraged” by what she saw.
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow)December 27, 2015
Meanwhile, comedian (and series finale expert) Paul Scheer highlighted the conflict faced by all Making a Murderer binge-watchers: to Google or not to Google?
The most restraint I’ve ever shown is not Googling until I was done watching MAKING A MURDERER…watch this show on @netflix now— Paul Scheer (@paulscheer)December 28, 2015
Raves have steadily continued to pour in from other celebrities and creative types as well:
Never mind an Emmy or an Oscar…. @MakingAMurderer deserves a Nobel Prize. The greatest documentary I’ve ever seen.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais)December 23, 2015
— Rosie (@Rosie)December 24, 2015
#MakingAMurderer I. Can’t. Stop. Watching. It’s crushing but utterly spellbinding.— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore)December 21, 2015
Making a Murderer is disturbing as hell. I feel it’s an important documentary. Tremendous respect for Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi— greg mottola (@gregmottola)December 28, 2015
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin)December 22, 2015
Speaking of Manitowoc, that Wisconsin county has been thrust into the social media spotlight by the release of Making a Murderer in a way that officials were clearly unprepared for. An innocuous recent post on the City of Manitowoc official Twitter feed has inspired the following responses:
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Manitowoc: Mayor Justin M. Nickels announced today that the winter parking ban will be… https://t.co/rDS5cMpGw9— City of Manitowoc (@CityofManitowoc)December 22, 2015
— cait de burca (@eiresgirl32)December 22, 2015
@CityofManitowoc So the parking ban is good to go. How bout innocent children who falsely confess under intense scrutiny?Plan for that yet?— Tim Hedus (@Timhedus)December 23, 2015
@CityofManitowoc Do you feel it Manitowoc? The whole world is learning of your city. which corrupt official will be jailed first i wonder?— Ben Knapple (@BenKnapple)December 24, 2015
The Manitowoc Police Department, meanwhile, publicly addressed the burgeoning controversy in a series of Tweets on Dec. 23, five days after the series premiered on Netflix.
The release of the Netflix series regarding Steven Avery has caused some confusion regarding the Manitowoc, WI area.— Manitowoc Police (@ManitowocPolice)December 23, 2015
Anyone commenting about these cases involving Steven Avery has directed their opinion to the wrong law enforcement agency.— Manitowoc Police (@ManitowocPolice)December 23, 2015
All of the cases referenced in the Netflix series were the jurisdiction of the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office.— Manitowoc Police (@ManitowocPolice)December 23, 2015
The incidents occurred outside of the City of Manitowoc.— Manitowoc Police (@ManitowocPolice)December 23, 2015
The Manitowoc Police Department does not have any jurisdiction outside of the City of Manitowoc.— Manitowoc Police (@ManitowocPolice)December 23, 2015
The Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office and the Manitowoc Police Department are two separate law enforcement agencies.— Manitowoc Police (@ManitowocPolice)December 23, 2015
Also, the City of Manitowoc does not oversee the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department.— Manitowoc Police (@ManitowocPolice)December 23, 2015
Therefore, any comments on this Twitter account about the Netflix series concerning the Avery cases are directed at the incorrect agency.— Manitowoc Police (@ManitowocPolice)December 23, 2015
Since the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department does not appear to have a Twitter feed, protestors voiced their discontent on the department’s Facebook page. Meanwhile, the Facebook page for Avery’s Auto Salvage—the business operated by Steven Avery’s family—has also been deluged by comments and proclamations of support. (Online petitions in support of Steven Avery and his nephew and fellow accused, Brendan Dassey, have been started at WhiteHouse.gov and Change.org, both of which cite Making a Murderer.)
Expect the social media conversation to continue as more viewers catch up on Making a Murderer over the New Year’s holiday. Avery defense attorney Jerome Bunting has already been responding to articles and even Reddit threads via his Twitter feed.
People of Manitowoc, WI area: keep spreading the word about Making a Murderer and keep those tips coming!— Jerome Buting (@JButing)December 28, 2015
And the hacker collective Anonymous is entering the fray as well, launching the @OPAveryDassey feed that will be exclusively devoted to the case.
— OPAVERYDASSEY (@OPAVERYDASSEY)December 28, 2015
In other words, thanks to social media, even after you’ve finished binging Making a Murderer, the story will be far from over.
Making a Murderer is currently streaming on Netflix