This Sunday, the world celebrated Mother’s Day. So did the family of Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, their pictures shared on social media.
Avery spent 18 years in prison on a sexual assault charge before he was exonerated in 2003 when DNA evidence proved that he had not committed the crime. However, in 2005, he was convicted for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. Dassey was thereafter implicated as an accomplice to the crime.
The pictures, which show Dassey and his mother, Barbara Tadych, were shared on the Twitter account of Carla Chase, Dassey’s cousin, as well as on the Steven Avery & Brendan Dassey Project’s Facebook page (some of these pictures can be viewed at the bottom of the story). A collection of heartwarming pictures, titled “Exonerees Hugging their Moms,” was posted by the Innocence Project.
Avery’s lawyer Kathleen Zellner tweeted a hyperlink to the story. “Steven Avery needs to be in next year’s photo – plan to make that happen,” she captioned the picture.
The Netflix docuseries Making a Murderer shows Tadych, who regularly visited her son in prison, convinced of Dassey’s innocence.
“Brendan tells me they treat him OK. I mean, he plays games with the other inmates,” Tadych said in the docuseries. “And he does his schooling. He’s trying for his high school diploma. I seen him yesterday. It was nice. We played 61 games of Uno. I think he misses everybody. Talks about babysitting. That he misses doing that. Talks about playing his Nintendo.”
A Change.org petition for the release of Dassey was posted on Facebook by Tadych.
“Share share share away sign sign sign away help my baby boy,” Tadych added the plea to the petition. “He wants to come home where he belongs … help this poor boy come back to his family.”