Ryan Murphy on ‘Making A Murderer:’ ‘How Is the Judicial System So Broken?’

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Making A Murderer” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” have a lot in common: though different formats, both projects question the justice system, and both undoubtedly center around subjects that the public just can’t get enough of, whether it’s one month or two decades later.

Well, it’s not just you who can’t get enough of “Making A Murderer” — the producers behind the upcoming FX series are also among the mass obsession with the Netflix documentary.

“I tore through those episodes over the Christmas break. I was so fascinated by that show,” said “American Crime Story” exec producer Ryan Murphy on Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. “You end up watching that show and you ask, how is the judicial system so broken?”

“When I was watching that show, I wanted to talk to more than one juror and I wanted to see more inside that jury room,” Murphy said, sharing that episode no. 8 of his FX series is told from the point of view of the jury, answering the questions “what were they like, what were they going through, and how did they get to this verdict.”

Exec producer Brad Simpson shared his thoughts on why viewers are recently so enthralled by the true crime genre. “Great true crime stories aren’t just about a crime — they’re about some rupture in society,” Simpson said. “That’s why [the public] is fascinated. I think right now people are fascinated in stories in ways in which the justice system might be broken or ways in which the justice system might be flawed.”

Aside from entertainment value, perhaps positive change to turn around injustice can occur from watching true crime TV, said exec producer Nina Jacobson. “I think there are times when people want TV to affirm their values,” she said. “Now people want TV to affirm their fears and misgivings of how things may have gotten off track. Maybe there will be changes that come out of those explorations.”

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  1. The side fighting against Avery are all full on lying. Can no one in the united states see this?? Needle holes in blood viles, overly obvious planted evidence on the avery property…lying cops more than I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I was trained to be a professional lie detector for a suicide prevention program. Every single movement, mouth twitch, eye blink, knee movement, body shift and finger gesture are all lies in that court room. I can point out every lie that is being told, tell you who is lying about what, when and even why. Why can’t the jury and why can’t the judge?? Is that who we have making decsions on peoples fate, people who are not properly trained in lie detecting???? Put me in that court room for 10 minutes and I would uncover every lie being told as they are telling it. Ken Kratz is the biggest problem and the sheriff should be detained for dishonesty in a court room as well. This entire documentary is a waste of everyones time unless someone like the president or the state governor steps up as the rightful man to ur country and lets Avery go for something he did not do. Is America turning on their own and allowing the system to detain an innocent man for growth of public meidia?? You are all sick and just as guilty as the potential murderer if you agree that Avery is guilty.

  2. Welch says:

    Yes, because we all need to hear what Ryan Murphy and his demonic mind and lifestyle thinks.

  3. The judicial system and law enforcement has always been broken and corrupt and will always continue to be. No matter how much you try to clean it up there is always politics that overrides justice and a fair trial or arrest.

  4. Seems to me that since Murphy is in the film business, and presumably has some clout, he might better spend his time checking in to how the Netflix documentarians got away with producing such a one-sided series. Every day we learn of more damning evidence against Avery that this docuseries either glossed over or omitted altogether.

    • Tony says:

      I had the feeling that it was very bias. It was so obvious he was going to be found guilty as every piece of narrative was saying he wasn’t. Then if course that’s what makes it enthralling TV.

      Serial I felt was far more balanced.

  5. Aaron says:

    I think Ryan Murphy’s proposed conclusion that these cases demonstrate examples of a “judicial system so broken” is accurate, as long as Murphy is pointing to the corruption among the prosecution and law enforcement community. That is the logical and accurate connection. However, it is likely that Murphy is referring to the “white victim” perspective that OJ got away with murder. It is a tragedy that it takes people like Murphy to see a poor white man getting abused by the judicial system to conclude that there is a problem. Somehow that speaks of true shortsightedness when young, unarmed black men, seem to be shot and killed by police in the US every week.

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