Hundreds of people from around the country are expected to peacefully protest the convictions of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey Friday in Manitowoc. Protesters believe they were wrongfully convicted in the death of Teresa Halbach.
Their cases were thrown into the limelight after a Netflix docu-series, “Making a Murderer,” was released last month.
Across the street from the Manitowoc County courthouse, the Courthouse Pub is getting ready in their kitchen, at the bar, and at the phones for what could be a very busy Friday.
“I expect we’re going to have people coming in and out, warming up,” said John Jagemann, owner of Courthouse Pub, “so [we] kicked up the staff a little bit, the kitchen is ready to go, we’re ready for a bigger crowd on Friday.”
Many people who live in or are from Manitowoc believe the documentary has given people around the country a bad impression of the city. But they hope the people coming in on Friday can leave with a more positive view.
“I’m hoping when they come here they’ll see we’re a small town in Wisconsin, we’re located on Lake Michigan, wonderful place to visit and have a vacation,” said Jagemann. “I don’t know if they will or not.”
Jagemann also thinks it’s important for everyone to remember, whatever your views, this is more than a trending topic.
“This is a tragic story, and I try to keep reminding myself and my crew, as marketers, we tend to look at things as opportunities. In this case, no,” said Jagemann. “This is a tragedy in a family, two families, maybe three families.”