Three months have passed since we binged on season two of "Making a Murderer," and TBH, we're still thinking about it. Did Steven Avery kill Teresa Halbach? Does attorney Kathleen Zeller have the single most impressive pantsuit collection of all time?? If you're missing the drama of Manitowoc County, you may be interested to hear the Emmy award-winning docuseries is back in the news and one of its most central players is suing Netflix.
Last month, Former Detective Andrew Colborn filed a defamation lawsuit against the streaming service as well as filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi. Colborn, who retired from the sheriff's department in Feb. 2018, earned the ire of fans in season one for failing to document a phone call that would have exonerated Steven Avery who, at the time, was serving 20 years in prison for a sexual assault and attempted murder he didn't commit. As the docuseries follows Avery's release from prison and subsequent suing of Manitowoc County for wrongful imprisonment, fans can't help but wonder if Colborn helped frame Avery for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach in an attempt to cover up his own incompetence.
In his lawsuit, Colburn alleges the filmmakers intentionally distorted material in order to portray him as a corrupt police officer to viewers. He said "Making a Murderer" has destroyed the "quiet and private" lives of him and his family. The internet is full of people calling him a liar, but it pales to how Colburn said he's treated IRL. In response to threats of kidnapping, rape and death, Colburn reportedly built a safe room in his home where he and family members can hide.
I remember watching the first season of "Making a Murderer" and thinking Colborn for sure planted Teresa's RAV4 at the Avery's salvage yard. I also believed, without a shadow of a doubt, he put the key on Steven's bedroom floor. Remember his testimony? He seemed super nervous—like he was totally hiding something! Now, Colborn is saying the filmmakers spliced the footage to make him look bad and left out important information that supported his version of events.
Netflix has until the end of January to respond to Colborn's complaint in court. We're curious to see how this plays out and wonder what it could mean for the future of docuseries. By no means am I fan of Andrew Colborn, but it does make me wonder what parts of the story got left on the cutting room floor.