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Episode 5 of “Convicting a Murderer,” starring Candace Owens, was released on DailyWire+ Thursday and dives into Steven Avery’s $36 million lawsuit against Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, for his wrongful conviction in 1985.
In “Manitowoc’s Involvement,” Owens looks into allegations that Manitowoc County Sheriff Deputy Andy Colborn and investigator James Lenk planted evidence on Avery after he sued the county for $36 million. The episode shows that while the filmmakers of “Making a Murderer” asked a lot of questions about Manitowoc’s involvement in the investigation of Teresa Halbach’s murder, they didn’t tell the full story.
“I don’t think anyone can argue with the fact that ‘Making a Murderer’ left us with a lot of questions and very few answers,” Owens says in the episode. “And actually I think that’s one of the reasons it was so successful. Because it didn’t just end when the final credits rolled. People wanted to find the answers to those questions.”
“Manitowoc’s Involvement” answers key questions, such as why Manitowoc County officers were involved in investigating the Avery case, whether Colborn and Lenk had a reason to hold a grudge against Avery, and how the infamous RAV4 key was found on the final search of Avery’s home.
“Why would these officers risk their own lives and livelihoods, their own freedom, to frame a man so that somebody else might avoid paying a lawsuit?” Owens asks.
The Netflix series “Making a Murderer” portrayed Avery as an innocent victim of corrupt law enforcement in the murder of Halbach, sparking a worldwide fascination in the case and attracting around 19 million viewers.
It appears Avery may be directing his supporters from behind bars to tank the Rotten Tomatoes’ audience review score of “Convicting a Murderer.” A post on a Facebook group called “Steven Avery is INNOCENT” instructs Avery’s supporters “to flood Rotten Tomatoes and give ‘Convicting a Murderer’ a bad review.”
“Convicting a Murderer” pulls back the curtain on what viewers missed in “Making a Murderer.” The 10-episode series contains exclusive interviews with subjects not included in the Netflix show, including law enforcement officers, family members, and fans-turned-investigators whose lives have been profoundly impacted by the case.
Next Thursday, DailyWire+ will release episode 6, “The Key & the License Plate Call,” where Owens will dissect more narratives — these ones surrounding Colborn’s call to dispatch about Halbach’s license plate number and the key that Avery’s defense argued was planted in his bedroom. If you missed the first five episodes of “Convicting a Murderer,” you can still catch up here and become a member to follow the rest of the series. The remaining five episodes will debut weekly on DailyWire+ every Thursday.