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Mitchell, portrayed by Patricia Arquette in Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora, was released on parole on February 6, four and a half years after helping two inmates escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York.
In July 2016, Blanchard was sentenced to 10 years in prison for second-degree murder in the stabbing death of her abusive mother a year prior. In April 2019, as Joey King’s portrayal of her streamed on Hulu’s The Act, Blanchard’s representative announced she had accepted a proposal from a man she met through her prison’s pen pal program.
Avery, the subject of the Netflix docuseries Making a Murderer, is continuing to appeal his conviction and subsequent life imprisonment for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, which followed a wrongful 1985 sexual assault conviction that kept him in prison for 18 years. In October 2019, Avery’s attorney appealed a series of decisions by a judge in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin.
As viewers of the Netflix docuseries The Staircase witnessed, the novelist was convicted of murder in the December 2001 death of his wife Kathleen Peterson. That conviction was later thrown out, and he was freed in February 2017 after taking an Alford plea, pleading guilty to manslaughter in exchange for a sentence of time served. He recently wrote a book about the case, titling it Behind the Staircase.
True crime has become a blockbuster genre on television, both in scripted and unscripted fare.
TV dramas like Escape at Dannemora and The Act not only captivate millions of viewers but also earn rave reviews and glitzy awards. And on the documentary side, series like The Staircase and The Jinx revisit years-old cases with new insights.
But viewers’ curiosity about these cases doesn’t just end when the shows do, so we’re checking in with eight true-crime TV show subjects — victims, convicted criminals, and former suspects alike — starting with one who just walked out of prison on parole. Read the updates in the gallery above.