Making a Murderer hysteria is in full effect, with every other tweet and watercooler convo revolving around the smash documentary series. In case you’ve been Rip Van Winkling for the last month, the show 10 years in the making follows the overturning of a Wisconsin man’s rape conviction after 18 years in prison, only to find him back behind bars on separate murder charges.
Questions about whether the man, Steven Avery, was framed make it an addictive, chilling look at possible corruption in the American Justice system.
Early Friday morning it was announced that Avery’s lawyer, Dean Strang, is coming to Sisyphus Brewing to speak on January 27. But it seems only insomniacs and third-shifters were able to get in on it.
Tickets for the forum went on sale around 3 a.m. Friday. By the time Sisyphus Brewing co-owner Catherine Cuddy woke up and checked at 8 a.m., they were all gone.
“I was like, ‘Oh boy. We’re gonna get a lot of phone calls today,’” she says laughing.
Given the intimate size of the Loring Park-area brewery’s space, the event sold out before fans with healthy sleep patterns found out about it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like they’ll be able to fit a second taproom forum into Strang’s schedule, according to Cuddy.
But for the lucky 88 people who finagled tickets, the conversation will focus more on “the broader implications” of Avery’s case, rather than the actual Netflix show. You can still ask him what it’s like having your own parody Twitter account (RIP @sexydeanstrang) during a Q&A portion.
Speaking of Twitter imitation, the stately defense attorney has become a bona fide internet darling. With varying degrees of irony, the meme machine’s normcore (remember normcore?) fashion sense is extolled on Tumblr pages and countless think pieces explore why women are dad-crushing on the unlikely hunk.
As one smitten Vogue writer tells it, “He appears resolute and kind, his expressive eyes hidden behind thick-framed spectacles, his mahogany locks mussed, his mouth set in a determined line, his superhuman wisdom and understanding palpable, leavened only by a whimsical tie.”
At any rate, those with tickets to the waaaaay sold-out Sisyphus event should be in for an interesting discussion. And maybe a little swooning.
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