Now Tumblr has turned its gaze to Strang—who has reached Oscar Isaac levels of fandom—and his cool-dad fashion sensibilities, which are very much on display in the series. The Tumblr StrangCore is devoted to “the early-mid 2000s normcore style of Dean Strang.”
A woman named Chloe, who is the Sydney, Australia-based creator of the Tumblr, told the Daily Dot how she started the blog due to popular demand. There were others out there with a “thang for the Strang.”
“Watching the show, I was struck by Strang’s integrity, kind nature, and passion for his job,” she wrote via email. “But my skill set lies more in fashion commentary and all things Internet, so I opted for a blog depicting his amazing style as my own form of appreciation.”
Chloe also took note of a recurring theme.
“It was so funny to see the people independently flocking to Twitter after watching [the series], with no external influences, and writing things along the lines of ‘might just be me, but so attracted to Dean Strang,'” she said. “I think the Internet has fallen for the Strang for reasons mentioned above, but also because something about his character inherently taps into all of us. I’m not 100 percent [sure] why, or what it is.”
This isn’t the first time the Internet has fallen for supporting characters involved in a very depressing murder trial: People are also pining for Making a Murderer‘s reporters Angenette Levy and Aaron Keller. And the series has seeped even further into pop culture: Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach’s band the Arcs just released a song inspired by Making a Murderer. Perhaps this is just how we cope with our broken, soul-sucking justice system.
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.