Podcast #69: The Big Case, with Making a Murderer’s Dean Strang


On this podcast, Sam talks with Dean Strang, the attorney who represented Steven Avery in the case that formed the basis for Netflix’s Making a Murderer documentary. They discuss how Strang came to represent Avery and how an attorney makes a decision to take a case that will be all-consuming.

Your Memory Can Be Altered

Aaron and Sam discuss a recent study that found that your memory can be manipulated by others, including the police, even after you’ve written those memories down. The study found that if a witness’s own statement is later doctored and then given back to the witness, the witness will often change their recollection of the crime to fit the statement. Police actually did alter witness statements during the investigation of the Hillsborough disaster, where 96 soccer fans in England were crushed to death in a stadium.

The Big Case, with Dean Strang

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Dean Strang is a trial attorney at Strang Bradley, a four-person firm in Wisconsin. Strang was featured in the Netflix ten-part documentary, Making a Murderer. The documentary followed Strang’s representation of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who initially served 18 years in prison for a wrongful sexual assault conviction. Two years after Avery was released, he was accused of murder. Strang represented Avery in that trial, which lasted over a year.

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