***WARNING: Making a Murderer Spoilers Below***
Netflix‘s 10-part docu-series Making a Murderer has captured the attention of tons of viewers all over the world as it explores the real life case of Steven Avery, in which he was convicted and is currently serving a life sentence for murdering a young woman by the name of Teresa Halbach back in 2005.
What makes the series so compelling is the amount of twists and turns it takes as we learn in the first episode that Avery was sentenced to jail for 18 years for a sexual assault crime he didn’t commit.
After being exonerated with the help of new DNA evidence, viewers learn that he was bringing a $36 million lawsuit against Manitowoc County, Kocourek when he was all of a sudden suspected of murdering Halbach. As a result, he had to drop his lawsuit and settle for $400,000 in order to pay for his murder trial.
The docu-series does tend to be a bit one-sided and gives quite a bit of evidence to suggest that Steven was set up by the Manitowoc County Police Department for the murder of Halbach and even goes as far as to propose that there were two officers — Lt. James Lenk and Sgt. Andrew Colborn — involved.
Since the release of the real life crime show on Netflix, the former Wisconsin state prosecutor from the trial, Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz, has received quite a bit of backlash on his Yelp page and the hacker group Anonymous has even gotten involved to attempt to prove Avery’s innocence.
Despite all of this, according to Kratz the documentary didn’t tell the whole story as he told People there were key pieces of evidence omitted from the Netflix show. Kratz said:
“You don’t want to muddy up a perfectly good conspiracy movie with what actually happened, and certainly not provide the audience with the evidence the jury considered to reject that claim.”
Ken continued to give evidence that Avery committed the crime by explaining that Halbach, who was a photographer for AutoTrader magazine and visited Steven to take a picture of one of his vehicles, “was creeped out [by him]” as Kratz claims:
“She [went to her employer and] said she would not go back because she was scared of him.”
The former state prosecutor even said that Avery called AutoTrader and asked them to send “that same girl who was here last time” and he answered the door “just wearing a towel.”
On top of that, he claims Teresa knew that Steven knew she was cautious of him so he gave his sister’s name and phone number in order to “trick” the young woman into coming to his property. Kratz points to:
“Phone records show three calls from Avery to Teresa’s cell phone on Oct. 31. One at 2:24 [p.m.], and one at 2:35 ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ both calls Avery uses the *67 feature so Teresa doesn’t know it him…both placed before she arrives.”
He goes on to say:
“Then one last call at 4:35 p.m., without the *67 feature. Avery first believes he can simply say she never showed up├óΓé¼┬ªso tries to establish the alibi call after she’s already been there, hence the 4:35 call. She will never answer of course, so he doesn’t need the *67 feature for that last call.”
Another piece of evidence that Kratz says wasn’t depicted was that he claims Avery allegedly:
“told another inmate of his intent to build a ‘torture chamber’ so he could rape, torture and kill young women when he was released. He even drew a diagram.”
Ken also alleges that:
“another inmate was told by Avery that the way to get rid of a body is to ‘burn it.'”
In the series, it explains that Halbach’s bones were discovered in the fire pit behind Steven’s house where Kratz says they “were ‘intertwined’ with the steel belts from car tires Avery threw on the fire and disputes the defense’s suggestion that Teresa was burned somewhere else and her bones were moved later.
“Suggesting that some human bones found elsewhere ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ never identified as Teresa’s ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ were from this murder was never established.”
Kratz also pointed to another piece of key evidence — the bullet that was found in Avery’s garage — and said it couldn’t have been planted by police. He explained:
“Ballistics said the bullet found in the garage was fired by Avery’s rifle, which was in a police evidence locker since Nov. 6, 2005. If the cops planted the bullet, how did they get one fired from [Avery’s] gun? This rifle, hanging over Avery’s bed, is the source of the bullet found in the garage, with Teresa’s DNA on it. The bullet had to be fired before Nov. 5.”
The obvious answer there would be that if police were trying to set Steven up, they would find a way to pull it out of the locker, just as someone apparently tampered with Avery’s blood sample from his previous case.
Though it’s understandable for film making purposes, we think it’s pretty interesting there seemed to be some pretty important information that was left out.
Since the filming of the documentary, Kratz resigned from his position as Calumet County District Attorney in 2010 after a sexting scandal, but said:
“it’s exceedingly unfair to use that to characterize me as morally unfit”
To this day, Steven still says that he is innocent and believes he was framed by the police for filing a $36 million lawsuit against the county and police department.
Obviously there’s still an ABUNDANCE of information to suggest that Steven was set up or framed, and honestly, we’re just interested and waiting for Anonymous to release all of their findings to get a little more insight into what REALLY went down!
What do you think of Kratz’s side of the story?
[Image via Synthesis Films/Netflix.]