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xHamster wants to send Making a Murderer's Brendan Dassey to Wrestlemania if he walks free in the next 90 days


By John McCarthy, Opinion Editor

August 23, 2016 | 3 min read

Porn site xHamster has initiated an unconventional stunt, electing to send Brendan Dassey of Making a Murderer ‘fame’ to Wrestlemania – if he remains a free man.

Brendan Dassey police interview

Brendan Dassey police interview

Dassey was imprisoned in 2005, aged 16, accused of helping his uncle Steven Avery murder Teresa Halbach (25) whose remains were never secured. The pair received life sentences with convictions which the true crime documentary Making a Murderer has since shone doubt upon.

US Magistrate Judge William Duffin of the Eastern District of Wisconsin in Milwaukee quashed a vital murder confession from Dassey, seemingly coerced with false promises and made in the absence of his parents or an attorney. He said the circumstances “rendered Dassey’s confession involuntary under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments”.

Overturning the conviction 12 August, Dassey will be a free man in 90 days if prosecutors do not rollout a retrial in the absence of the confession.

Dassey, now 26, was revealed to be a WWE wrestling fan in the documentary although he was often restricted from watching it due to prison rules on violent content. Wrestlemania 33 is the primetime wrestling event, taking place next year 2 April in Florida.

An xHamster spokesperson said: “We are pleased that we can make this young man’s dream of going to Wrestlemania come true.

“We have been in talks with the family and they are more than thrilled that Brendan will get this opportunity after so many years of heartache and injustice.”

The company is responding to a Change.org petition, that reached over 2,150 signatures looking to “help make his dream come true and send Brendan Dassey to Wrestlemania”.

The company has upped its marketing on many levels:

It has released a beer.

It launched a crowdsourced rebrand after taking entries from users.

Making a Murderer’s Brendan Dassey was to receive a trip to Wrestlemania if he managed to walk free from prison.

It also banned porn in North Carolina after the bathroom bill flared up.

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