Social media was ablaze Friday after a federal judge overturned Brendan Dassey’s conviction for involvement in the murder of Teresa Halbach.
The bombshell was dropped less than a year after Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” documentary series cast a light on what it suggests was a shady investigation by Wisconsin police into Halbach’s murder. Dassey’s conviction came in 2007.
Given what a cultural event “Making a Murderer” was, Dassey became a celebrity of sorts, particularly because the teenager’s shy and soft-spoken demeanor endeared him to viewers, making him appear more of a victim of the police and prosecutor’s alleged shenanigans than was Steven Avery, the main subject of the documentary. And, indeed, the judge overturned Dassey’s conviction on the basis that his confession to having participated in the murder was involuntary and coerced.
Many of the reactions on Twitter have been related to Wrestlemania — Dassey said he was upset about going to prison because he didn’t want to miss the yearly pro-wrestling event. We also saw triumphant fist pumps about justice being served and Netflix’s part in it, topical humor about totally unrelated things and light joking about Dassey’s tendency on “Making a Murderer” to respond to questioning with a simple “yeah.”
QUICK WHERE DO I DONATE TO THE "GET BRENDAN DASSEY TO WWE SUMMERSLAM" FUND
— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) August 12, 2016
If Vince McMahon doesn't have the business sense to get Dassey front and center at Wrestlemania, there's no helping him.
— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) August 12, 2016
WRESTLEMANIA 33 IS WAITING FOR YOU BRENDAN DASSEY
— jen yamato (@jenyamato) August 12, 2016
Finally …Brendan Dassey can watch that Wrestlemania he was trying to get back for. #TiVobetternothavedeletedit
— Daniel Sharman (@daniel_sharman) August 12, 2016
Once Brendan Dassey watches Wrestlemania 32 he’ll wish he was back in prison.
— JB (@JDB92_) August 12, 2016
— FilmDrunk (@Filmdrunk) August 12, 2016
Brendan Dassey is FREE!!!!!
NETFLIX YOU DA REAL MVP! pic.twitter.com/HRwD1p1zUZ
— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) August 12, 2016
Nobody breathe wrong, something good happened in 2016https://t.co/5UBSsxtRz5
— Lindsay MacDonald (@lindsayjoane) August 12, 2016
Brendan Dassey's conviction has been overturned in the Halbach murder. Watch more documentaries, kids.
— Elamin Abdelmahmoud (@elamin88) August 12, 2016
Brendan Dassey writ granted to reverse his conviction. Justice finally strikes!
— Jerome Buting (@JButing) August 12, 2016
.@realDonaldTrump For the record, Brendan Dassey has an alibi for when ISIS was founded.
— Karen Howell (@karenehowell) August 12, 2016
Well, I guess Brendan Dassey can finally go back to school and turn that project in. #MakingTheMurderer
— Adam Boedeker (@aboedeker) August 12, 2016
— Jon Rogers (@goldunballz) August 12, 2016
Brendan Dassey may be getting out soon but Harambe's assassin still walks the streets unprosecuted
— Christian Antonio (@ImCAntonio) August 12, 2016
REPORTER: brendan, what's the first thing you're going to do now that you're free
BRENDAN DASSEY: yeah
— Ethan Booker (@Ethan_Booker) August 12, 2016
ME: hey brendan dassey are you excited to be getting out of jail?
BRENDAN DASSEY: [brendan dassey voice] yeah
— Bobby McKenna (@bobby) August 12, 2016