Friday, Netflix is getting in on the popularity of Serial and The Jinx with a new documentary crime series. But, where was Steven Avery, subject of Making A Murderer, from before he found himself convicted of murder in 2007? The series promises dozens of twists and turns and takes places in the midwest, but what about its major player? Avery's hometown is actually pretty key in this fascinating case.
If you haven't heard of this new series and are interested in checking it out, here is the official synopsis from Netflix.
Filmed over a 10-year period, Making a Murderer is an unprecedented real-life thriller about a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. Set in America's heartland, the series takes viewers inside a high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear.
Steven Avery himself is from Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The city is located on Lake Michigan, between Milwaukee and Green Bay. It could be considered a suburb of Two Rivers, Wisconsin. This is important because a good deal of the documentary focuses on his life growing up before he was convicted for murder — so Avery's background is key. The same legislation and DNA evidence techniques that were associated with his initial release helped to convict him for a second, different crime. Talk about irony and drama.
It's also important because one of the major locations in Steven Avery's story is his family's nearby auto salvage yard in Manitowoc.
Here is a look at Avery's address and proximity to the auto yard. All of those cars parked there are part of the auto yard, not a tiny town. You'll notice that their family also has a street named after them.
Those are all dirt roads in that part of town, so Google Maps won't let me get any closer for a street view. But, the yard is where Teresa Halbach's remains were eventually found. So, that's the setting for what is sure to be a captivating tale on Season 1 of Making A Murderer and the trials of Steven Avery.
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