The 'Making a Murderer' Quiz
By: Nathan Chandler
About This Quiz
This series spotlights seedy behavior by criminals and law enforcement alike. How much do you know about "Making a Murderer"? Test your knowledge by taking this quiz.
What sort of business did Stephen Avery's family operate?
The sprawling junkyard had hundreds or thousands of dead vehicles.
The events of "Making a Murderer" take place in which state?
Behold the Wisconsin residents' unmistakable upper Midwest accents.
Who serves as the special prosecutor for Calumet County, Wisconsin?
Kratz relishes the spotlight and eventually takes a fall from his pedestal.
Over how many years was this docuseries recorded?
The project took a decade to complete.
When he was 18 years old, Steven Avery was sent to prison for which crime?
He was sentenced to two years for burglarizing a bar.
On which holiday was Teresa Halbach murdered?
She was murdered on Halloween, the stuff of horror movies.
How many hours of footage did the filmmakers shoot during the course of production?
They shot 700 hours of footage and had to interweave many multilayered stories.
What was the dollar amount of the civil lawsuit that Steven Avery filed against officials?
$36 million was a staggering amount, and he gave up pursuing it.
How many episodes are there in the first season?
The 10 episodes are an extraordinary twist on the documentary genre.
In his younger days, Steven Avery once set fire to what?
He reportedly used gasoline to set a family cat on fire.
Who was the last known person to see Teresa Halbach alive?
Steven Avery maintains he had nothing to do with her disappearance.
At which university did the two filmmakers of the series meet?
Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos were both part of Columbia's film program.
How long was Steven Avery imprisoned before DNA evidence exonerated him of a sexual assault?
He was locked up for 18 years before he was released.
In which bodily fluid was Avery's DNA supposedly found on Halbach's car?
Sweat may carry DNA from other cells, but it doesn't naturally contain DNA.
Which online service was not part of the documentary's streaming release?
Both YouTube and Netflix garnered millions of viewers thanks to the film.
About how many hours of evidence did jurors witness during the Halbach trial?
Two hundred hours of evidence was a mind-blowing amount of information to absorb.
How many days was Teresa Halbach gone before she was reported missing?
No one reported her missing until Nov. 3, three days after she was gone.
In what year was Avery convicted of the Halbach murder?
He was convicted in 2007. It's been years, and his courtroom saga continues.
How many relationships has Avery maintained while in prison?
He has maintained three relationships. His love life is nothing if not complicated.
What was Steven Avery's sentence for the first-degree murder conviction?
If his life without parole conviction stands, he'll never get out of prison.
The filmmakers first tried to sell their idea to which company?
They tried HBO and PBS, but neither company would bite.
What murder evidence was NOT collected at Avery's residence?
Officials found plenty of interesting evidence on the property, but they didn't find a knife.
An article in which publication sparked the idea for the film?
The filmmakers saw The New York Times article as a gold mine of interesting material.
Why was prosecutor Ken Kratz forced to resign from office?
He was caught manipulating evidence.
He lied during a press conference.
He sent sexual text messages to a domestic violence victim.
Other women also complained about his inappropriate behavior.
How many weeks did the Halbach murder trial last?
For jurors the six-week trial must have seemed endless.
Before she made the film, filmmaker Laura Ricciardi worked as what?
Her familiarity with the legal system was a boon to the film.
According to school records, Steven Avery's IQ was about what?
His IQ was about 70, and he had a very hard time in his classes.
Brendan Dassey, Steven Avery's nephew, reportedly had an IQ of what?
His IQ was about 70, which is below average.
At the murder trial, Avery was found NOT guilty of which crime?
The firearm charge alone got him five years in prison.
What day did the state legislature pass the Avery Bill, which was meant to prevent wrongful convictions?
Eerily, Halloween was the same day that Teresa Halbach went missing.