The protagonists of “Making a Murderer” have a new item for their rap sheets.
Brad Dassey, the half-brother of jailed Brendan Dassey — who with his uncle Steven Avery was convicted in 2007 of a grisly murder in Manitowoc County, Wis. — has released an energetic rap called “They Didn’t Do It” to advocate for his imprisoned relatives.
The Oshkosh, Wis. native translated the sentiments of the hit Netflix docuseries, which posits that conflicts of interest during the investigation and an unfair trial put Brendan and Avery behind bars for life, into a scathing, drum-heavy anthem released for free on YouTube and Soundcloud this week.
It includes lyrics such as, “Things clearly showed that it was just a joke / Cops were only there just to prod and poke” and “Not a fair trial, not a fair game / Whole thing’s whacked, just a lying shame.”
“I really put my heart and soul into it,” the self-described Christian rapper told the Daily Beast.
Steven Avery (l.) and his nephew Brendan Dassey (r.) are serving life sentences for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach. Brendan’s half-brother, Brad, has shown his support by releasing a rap song, “They Didn’t Do It,” online
“It’s more of a victory song to the better days ahead, because I just had a dream the other day that (Brendan and Steven) were out, and there was going to be a massive party and people all over the globe were going to come down and celebrate.”
He added that the song is primarily for his half-brother, who he feels hasn’t received the same level of support as Avery, the breakout star of “Making a Murderer.”
“It’s more of a victory song to the better days ahead,” Brad Dassey told the Daily Beast.
“Everybody’s talking about Steven this, Steven that. Nobody talks about Brendan,” he said. “The poor guy just got railroaded by investigators and got the raw end of the deal, and somebody needs to support him.”
The bingeworthy Netflix series chronicles Avery’s murder conviction over 10 years, as well as an earlier sexual assault conviction for which he wrongly served 18 years in prison. In 2005, two years after his release, he was charged with the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach and sentenced in 2007 to life in prison.
Brendan also got a life prison sentence for his role as an accomplice.
The fan frenzy over the series has spawned both White House and Change.org petitions requesting that the men be pardoned, as well as a memorable parody from late-night funnyman Seth Meyers.
Avery filed an appeal Monday to the Court of Appeals of Wisconsin to have his conviction overturned, arguing his rights to due process had been violated.
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