Warning: This article contains spoilers about 'Making A Murderer'
(WISN) “You're not guilty, hon,” Barb Janda tells her son in an emotional jailhouse phone call.
“Yeah, I know that,” is Brendan Dassey’s reply.
Dassey’s confession that he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, brutally rape and murder Teresa Halbach is at the center of Making a Murderer’s fourth episode, and the series alleges that this confession was coerced.
Naturally, the filmmakers never interview either the two interrogators or any of the prosecutors with whom they were working, so once again this assertion by Avery, his family, and his attorneys goes wholly unchallenged.
Avery himself makes the allegation in his very first media interview after Dassey confesses, telling the Associated Press’ Carrie Antlfinger that he knows that his nephew was coerced.
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Dan O’Donnell is a non-practicing lawyer and radio journalist at WISN, iHeartMedia’s News/Talk station in Wisconsin, who has a unique perspective on the case. Dan was assigned to cover Avery from his release in 2003 through his (and his nephew's) conviction in 2007. While he doesn’t make much of an appearance in the documentary, “Making a Murderer” has had a profound impact on Dan - particularly, due to its bias. And so, Dan is doing what any lawyer would do in the courtroom - rebut the case presented in the Netflix documentary.