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Teresa Halbach’s friend reacts to Making a Murderer Season 2: “It’s too hard”

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It was recently confirmed that smash-hit documentary series Making a Murderer will be returning for a second season on Netflix.

Fans of the real-life crime show were quick to react to the news on Twitter, with many over the moon at the prospect of delving further into story of convicted murderer Steven Avery and his co-defendant Brendan Dassey.

However at least one person has revealed that she is less than thrilled about the new episodes.

Speaking to PEOPLE, a close friend of Teresa Halbach – the 26-year-old photographer whose murder the show is framed around – has confirmed that she will not be watching.

“I probably never will. I don't have plans to watch it,” the woman, who chose to remain anonymous, told the magazine.

“I’d like to remember Teresa the way I remember her, and I don’t know what’s in the documentary.”

The woman, who attended college with late photographer Teresa, added that she had never watched the first series of the show either.

“[My friends told me that] it would just be too hard,” she said.

Despite her misgivings about Making a Murderer, however, Teresa’s friend refused to comment on whether or not she believes that Avery and Dassey are guilty.

“It’s not my place to judge,” she said simply.

The first 10 episodes of Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos’s documentary were filmed over the course of a decade, allowing viewers to watch the murder trial and subsequent conviction of Avery and Dassey in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, for the 2005 killing of Teresa Halbach.

In 1985, Avery was wrongfully imprisoned for sexual assault, false imprisonment and attempted murder – but, in 2003, he was released when advances in DNA technology proved it was another man’s crime.

Making A Murderer: Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey

Making A Murderer: Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey

Just two years later, Avery was re-arrested and charged with the murder of Teresa Halbach, who had disappeared after photographing a vehicle at Avery’s salvage yard.

Bloodstains in her car matched Avery’s DNA, although his attorneys later accused police officials at the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department of planting false evidence and of having a “conflict of interest” in the investigation.

This, conspiracy theorists have suggested, was due to the fact that officers faced a huge financial penalty over the first case.

As a result, the series cast serious doubts over the decisions of the American justice system, with British fans staging a protest outside the US embassy in London to call for Avery and Massey’s release.

People protest outside the US embassy in London for Avery and Dassey's release

People protest outside the US embassy in London for Avery and Dassey's release

However, since the show’s initial release, a number of articles have appeared online which suggest that filmmakers chose to show Avery in a biased light, leaving out numerous bits of evidence – including extra DNA evidence.

Commenting on this, Teresa’s friend told PEOPLE that she hoped the Halbach family will make an appearance in the second season of the show, so they have the chance to express their own thoughts and feelings about what happened.

“Maybe the second season, I’ll be hopeful there’s more perspective from her family.”

A release date for the second series is yet to be announced.

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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