By this point if you haven’t watched Making a Murderer despite all the media coverage and social media frenzy that the show has caused, you probably deserve any spoilers that might come your way upon clicking on this post. In other words, there are definitely spoilers here but I’m not going to tag them. You clicked on your own free will buddy, don’t come crying to me if you’re only on episode two and I ruin the whole series for you.
While most people who’ve watched the hit Netflix show are convinced that Steven Avery is innocent (or at the very least, convinced that the cops planted evidence), most aren’t jazzed enough to go out of their way to fuck with the people featured in the documentary. Hell, I was pretty jazzed about the whole thing when I finished – I even Googled the case. GOOGLED it! That’s a whole lot of extra effort I don’t normally put myself through, but there I was, typing shit into a search bar to try and find out more about what went down in Manitowoc County.
However, it seems like there’s a large population of viewers out there who’ve taken it upon themselves to screw with Sheriff Robert Hermann, who’s been receiving death threats since Making a Murderer was released. According to Daily Mail,
OnMilwaukee sat down for an interview with Sheriff Robert Hermann who revealed that the FBI has become involved after an anonymous caller ‘said something to the effect of if you didn’t hurt yourself, I’d do it for you. With a bullet to the head.’
Sheriff Hermann – who was the undersheriff at the time of the Steven Avery case which is the focus of the docuseries – also said that he now regrets that the department was ever involved in the investigation.
While Hermann still says that none of the evidence found on Avery’s property was planted, he does state that “had he known that his [Avery’s] defense team would introduce this idea during trial they would have never gotten involved in the case.”
‘From the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, had we known this would be the defense strategy, yeah, I think that would definitely be the best thing to do,’ said Sheriff Hermann.
He then added; ‘We would probably have been better off turning the whole thing over.’(via)
Um yeah NO SHIT dude, you weren’t even SUPPOSED to touch the investigation with a 10-foot pole. Calumet county took over and you guys were told to go back to busting people for cow-tipping or whatever goes on in Manitowoc County. “20-20 hindsight” my ass, that basically translates to “If we had known what the defense was going to argue we wouldn’t have done the things we weren’t allowed to do in the first place.” No surprise these guys were so shit at planting evidence if they were being instructed by Boy Wonder over here.
As for the threats, Sheriff Hermann also revealed that the department received an email that read; ‘Please, I understand that the majority of law enforcement have an extremely limited education which is why all of you would be doing the State/Country an immense favor by eating a bullet.
‘But hell, it would take years to figure out that you all shot yourselves.’
One officer also received a package that ended up being a glitter bomb sent to their home with a card that read ‘for Steven Avery.’
… ‘People are getting them at home. It disrupts life. People got stuff in the mail. A party bomb. A glitter bomb. It consumes some of us. Dealing with the media.’(via)
Oh really, glitter bombs and mean emails are consuming you? Kind of like how life in prison is consuming Brendan Dassey, a kid who probably can’t even spell his own name let alone pee standing up without supervision, and Steven Avery, a guy who…well he can probably pee on his own, but still. Shit’s fucked in Manitowoc County, particularly when scientists are coming out to explain how the blood evidence used in the trial is complete and utter garbage.
[H/T Daily Mail]