Local sheriff says 'Making a Murderer' 'manipulated' the story of Steven Avery's arrest

Sheriff robert hermann making a murderer Lester Public Library flickrFlickr/Lester Public LibraryManitowoc County Sheriff Robert Hermann.

Manitowoc County Sheriff Robert Hermann says now that he’s watched Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” he’s still not happy about the crime documentary series, an opinion he previously expressed.

“Because of all the media stuff we’ve been getting, I actually did watch with it my inspector and I still stand by that statement,” Hermann, who oversees the county where “Making a Murderer” subject Steven Avery was arrested, said to the Wrap.

In December, Hermann told HTRNews.com that he wasn’t pleased with “Making a Murderer,” and that it is not a documentary. He called it a movie, because “things are skewed,” even though he hadn’t actually watched the series himself at that point.

After a viewing, the sheriff says he doesn’t like how his department was portrayed and that the series doesn’t tell the full story.

“In several areas throughout the film, you can see where they cut the tape and manipulated things,” he said. “One place real evident is one of the interviews with Steven Avery in episode 5 — if you watch one video, it jumps from 3:20 to 3:21, then to 3:17, then to 3:22 and then to 3:18.”

Making a murderer film makersNetflix‘Making a Murderer’ creators Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, far right.

The series depicts the arrests and trials of Steven Avery and his teen nephew, Brendan Dassey, in the murder of an Auto Trader magazine photographer last believed to have been taking photos of a car on the Avery property. Both men are currently serving life sentences for the murder.

The series does show Avery, his family, and supporters accusing the Manitowoc County police department of framing him for the murder, or at least screwing up its investigation. That theory would later become part of his defence during the trial.

“We’re not pleased with the way the film has portrayed us,” Hermann also told the Wrap. “We’ve noticed that the family of Avery and the attorneys are embedded with the film producers, and the attorneys from the get-go have portrayed us in a negative light, but there’s not much we can do to change it.”

“Making a Murderer” executive producer Moira Demos has said, “The key pieces of the state’s evidence are included in the series.”

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