PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The new Netflix documentary series “Making A Murderer” is drawing lots of attention and also raising questions about the real-life case it depicts.
It tells the story of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who went to prison for a brutal crime, was then exonerated, only to be charged with another crime.READ MORE: Voter ID Is A Flashpoint In Pennsylvania Election Law Talks
The series is so compelling, the case is on the cover of People magazine. Lawyers in the case appeared on “CBS This Morning” Friday.
It turns out, one of reporters featured prominently in documentary is a Pittsburgh native.
Emily Matesic began covering the case 10 years ago for Green Bay station WBAY-TV. She grew up in the North Hills and interned at KDKA-TV in 1997.
She was a guest on Friday’s “Dr. Phil” show where she was asked if important evidence was left out of the series.
“Did they include everything that was presented at trial? No, they didn’t,” said Matesic. “If they did, you’d be sitting there watching the entire trial.”READ MORE: Ohio Becomes Latest State To Propose Transgender Sports Ban
In Skype interview with KDKA, she says she never expected so many people to be riveted by this case.
“I can’t believe how much people are into it,” said Matesic. “There wasn’t that much attention on the world-wide stage ten years ago, but now today, it really has exploded.”
Matesic finds herself now in the unexpected position of being asked to numerous interviews on the Avery case and the documentary.
As for whether the popular series does an accurate job with the real life facts, Matesic says: “I think it’s what they wanted it to be. It’s not my job to decide if it’s fair or accurate. It’s what they saw through their eyes.”
Matesic says the family of the real-life murder victim in the case feels like she’s getting lost in the discussion of the series.MORE NEWS: Pa. Drops COVID-19 Vaccine Map, Encourages Use Of Federal Map
The first episode of the documentary is posted on You Tube, and you can watch it for free.