If you’re like the rest of the world, you have probably already blasted through all 10 episodes of the Netflix documentary Making A Murderer.
The show examined the trial of Steven Avery, who after serving an 18-year sentence for a crime he didn’t commit, was arrested for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. FYI: If you haven’t watched the show to its entirety yet, you may not want to read on, since there are some spoilers.
Many viewers were enraged watching the show because it seemed like the police framed Avery. After he was exonerated on the brutal assault, Avery filed a lawsuit against the Manitowoc Sheriff’s Department that accused them of corruption and, if he won, would include a settlement case of millions of dollars. In was a very public event and it is what, many believe, triggered the police to frame Avery for a different crime.
Episode after episode, viewers are presented with new details of the case and it becomes increasingly obvious that, given the little DNA evidence found, unreliable witnesses, and flat-out unethical practices used by law enforcement officials throughout the investigation, Avery should have never been convicted for the crime.
Since the show has gained popularity, the media has blown up with new details surrounding the case. And it seems there is a LOT of pertinent information that was left out of the documentary that is definitely worth hearing.Granted, the show’s directors had to fit the years’
Granted, the show’s directors had to fit the years’ worth of information into a 10-series segment, but this aren’t just small details, they are glaring omissions. Enough, in fact, that they make you rethink signing one of the multiple petitions to have his case appealed.
History with Halbach
Avery and Halbach had a history. Teresa had visited Avery’s home on numerous occasions leading up to her disappearance to take pictures for Auto Trader magazine. Apparently, Avery had called her work to specifically request her and Halbach was allegedly “creeped out” by him. He also once answered the door for her in a towel.
Avery also called Halbach three times the day she went missing – two of which, according to phone records, were made using the *67 trick. Kratz said in an interview:
“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 – both calls Avery uses the *67 feature so Teresa doesn’t know it was him… both placed before she arrives…Then one last call at 4:35 p.m., without the *67 feature… Avery first believes he can simply say she never showed up… so 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.”
Additional DNA and Halbach belongings found
In a recent interview with Maxim, prosecutor Ken Kratz said Avery’s sweat was found in the trunk of Halbach’s car. “It wasn’t blood. It was from his sweaty hands. Do the cops also have a vial of his sweat that they are carrying around? The evidence conclusively shows that Steven Avery’s hand was under the hood when he insists he never touched her car.”
Kratz also said that Avery plotted the crime while serving his misimprisonment. “[In prison,] he created diagram of a torture chamber, [telling other inmates] “I intend to torture and rape and murder young women” after his release. The judge decided not to allow that evidence; he said it was too prejudicial.”
Recently ordered leg irons and handcuffs
Avery did admit that he had leg irons and handcuffs, but he said that they were for his girlfriend-at-the-tie, Jodi. Oddly enough, these were the same items that his nephew Brendan Dassey described to investigators as the restraining tools used to tie Halbach to the bed before raping and killing her.
Avery’s disturbing criminal history
In the transcript of a phone call made between Brendan Dassey and his mother, Dassey said, “I even told them about Steven touching me.”
The documentary made several references about Avery’s “past crimes.” But what many people don’t know is what that charge was actually for. According to The Washington Post, “he was charged with animal cruelty for pouring gasoline on a cat and throwing it into a bonfire.”
Bullet came from Avery’s gun
While the finding of the bullets was a little sketchy, sources reported that the “bullet linked to Halbach’s DNA was forensically tied to Avery’s gun. In Dassey’s confusing interview with police, the teen also said his uncle used a gun that hung above his bed.”
Again, this is a case that could be debated on for years and years to come. But the truth of the matter is that we will probably never really know what happened. The prosecution, again, had very obvious problems. For example, the fact that two jurors were personally related to Manitowoc Sheriff’s Department officials. One juror was a father to someone in the department and another was the husband of a country clerk, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Apparently, Avery’s lawyers did know this, but there was nothing they could do because they didn’t have any juror dismissals left to use.