Netflix's "Making A Murderer" has been trending on social media virtually non-stop since it's December 18th release.  After spending my entire weekend binge watching the series, I now get all the hype.

With an Ohio State Fiesta Bowl win behind us, Saturday looked like it was going to be a rather quiet afternoon for my boyfriend and I so I suggested checking out this show that I'd seen all over social media.  After one episode our jaws dropped and we were hooked.

It took 10 years to chronicle the story of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who spent his free life working in the family salvage yard.  In 1985, Avery was wrongly accused of the sexual assault of a female jogger on a local beach and served 18 years in prison for the crime until DNA evidence cleared him for the crime in 2003.  He spent the next few years working with Wisconsin legislators to create a task force/laws to protect innocent people from serving time for crimes that they did not commit, and would require police officers to record their interactions with suspects so that they didn't use illegal methods of coercing a confession out of suspects.

But in 2005, Steven's life changed again when he and his nephew were charged with the death, rape and mutilation of an Auto Trader photographer while in the middle of a $36 million lawsuit against Manitowoc County for how they handled his first case. Steven was the last person to  see see Teresa Halbach alive, making him a suspect before any physical evidence of the crime was discovered.  The final 7 episodes of the season follow the Halbach murder investigation and court cases for both Avery and his nephew Brendan.

After watching the series my mind is blown as to how something like this happens in real life?  Did Manitowoc County frame Avery for Halbach's murder?  Where's the evidence of what they claimed happened to the young woman in Avery's trailer?  How can investigators actually take Brendan's deposition seriously? Was his defense lawyer on the prosecution's side all along?  But most importantly...

Who really killed Teresa Halbach?!

I'm clearly not the only one who's mind was blown by the documentary.  Close to 170,000 people have signed a petition calling for President Obama to pardon Avery.  If you haven't seen it yet, add "Making a Murderer" to your must binge watch list. The first episode is available on YouTube without a Netflix subscription.