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    Steven Avery sends WISN 12 a letter: 'Truth will set me free'
    Jan 22, 2016

    MILWAUKEE —WISN 12 News investigative reporter Colleen Henry wrote convicted Steven Avery to see if he would be willing to talk about how the Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer” has affected him.

    Thursday afternoon, she received his three-page response.

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    Avery suggested the state paid his former girlfriend to change her story writing, "How much money Jodi get to talk bad!"

    With Avery's handwritten note came a typed statement in which he wrote, "The real killer is still out there. Who is he stalking now? I am really innocent of this case and that is the truth!!! The truth will set me free!!!!!!!"

    Steven Avery Breaks His Silence on ‘Making a Murderer’: ‘The Real Killer Is Still Out There’
    01.23.16

    Avery and his new team of attorneys have been battling for his freedom in the wake of the hit Netflix documentary, which raised serious questions about the investigation and trial that led to his 2007 conviction.

    In his handwritten letter from prison, the 53-year-old Avery asked Henry to “do an investigation of the sheriff of Manitowoc County,” one of several authorities whose methods and motivations have been called into question in the whodunit frenzy of interest in Avery’s case.

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    Making A Murderer, “Biased” Journalism & Necessary Outrage

    Both Serial’s first season — about the conviction of Adnan Syed for the murder of his high school girlfriend in 1999 — and Making A Murderer make it clear that they present an alternative point of view on a matter of established legal fact, asking, “Was an innocent man convicted of a murder he did not commit?” In both cases, sharp, engaging, emotionally effective storytelling raises serious doubts about their subject’s guilt, but, far more importantly, they illuminate systemic flaws in the justice system as a whole.

    While very different, both series have aided in educating the public about a legal system that would prefer to be regarded as too complicated to understand because our ignorance makes us easier to control. The outrage that these series have inspired is a long time coming. Let’s not diminish or dismiss that (mostly constructive) outrage – a few misdirected tweets notwithstanding – in favor of handwringing and nitpicking over journalistic impartiality. Anything that successfully chips away at the cult-like reverence with which our country treats those who make and enforce laws should be celebrated and encouraged.


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    Making a Murderer prosecutor Ken Kratz asked Steven Avery to confess in order to write a book about it

    The lawyer for a man convicted of murder and whose story recently featured in a popular documentary has accused the man who prosecuted his case of seeking to write a memoir about the killing and requesting her client to confess to the crime.

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    This week, Mr Avery’s new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner posted a letter on Twitter that appeared to be correspondence from Kenneth Kratz, the local prosecutor who led the case against Avery and Dassey.

    The letter - addressed to Avery - appeared to relate to an offer Mr Kratz had made to the convicted man to write a book about his case. Ms Zellner added the message: "This bloodsucking gives vampires a bad name."

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    Making a Murderer: If Steven Avery Didn't Kill Teresa Halbach, Who Did?
    by Liz Raftery | Jan 25, 2016



    Though Avery's legal team did not present an alternative narrative for who may have committed the crime, some Making a Murderer viewers have done their own detective work and come up with their own ideas, most of which have been thoroughly dissected on Reddit and other websites. (Filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, as well as Avery's attorney Dean Strang, declined to speak with TVGuide.com for this story.) Here are six other theories about how Teresa Halbach may have died:

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    Here's Who 'Making a Murderer' Viewers Really Think Is Guilty

    According to Pollfish's survey of 2,005 participants in the United States, 55.4% of respondents don't believe Avery is guilty of murdering Halbach, whereas 44.6% think Avery committed the crime. The percentages are even more closely divided when it comes to the subject of Dassey's guilt as an accomplice to Halbach's murder. According to the survey results, 51.3% of responders think Dassey is guilty as charged, whereas 48.7% believe Dassey is innocent.

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    Conflicting stories: The fervor surrounding the show has been so great that a petition for Avery and Dassey's pardon prompted the White House to respond.

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    The evidence: Even the credibility of evidence introduced by the prosecution is contentious, according to Pollfish. Per the data, the most convincing piece of evidence against Avery is blood found in Halbach's car. Of the survey's responders, 28.2% said blood found in the vehicle is the prosecution's most convincing evidence, compared to 26.5% who said that bones found in Avery's fire pit are the most damning evidence.

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    Systemic problems with America's criminal justice system: The case against Avery and Dassey has raised questions regarding perceived, deep-seeded injustices embedded within the U.S. criminal justice system. Much the same was the case after WBEZ's This American Life podcast spinoff Serial dragged one murder case to the forefront of the public's consciousness. Despite heightened awareness for the subject of that case, Adnan Syed, the accused, remains behind bars.


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    'Making a Murderer' case tainted by investigators, experts say
    John Ferak, USA TODAY

    There was one simple way to avoid the allegations that Steven Avery was framed, say national law enforcement experts, and that was to keep Manitowoc County Sheriff's officers away from the investigation.

    Authorities assured the public from the start of the investigation into the murder of Teresa Halbach in early November 2005 that Manitowoc County wouldn't be involved because of a pending $36 million wrongful conviction lawsuit Avery had filed against the county over his wrongful rape conviction in 1985. Calumet County took over the Halbach investigation and prosecution.

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    Once it was known that Halbach had gone missing, Lenk and Colborn disregarded their obvious conflict of interest, experts said. The detectives volunteered to play an active role in the murder investigation that focused from the outset on Avery, their court testimony reflects. Colborn testified he drove out to the Avery Salvage Yard to interview Avery.

    “By acknowledging a conflict right at the start, you have to walk the walk and live by that,” said Gregg McCrary, a prominent retired FBI agent who teaches policing at Marymount University in Arlington, Va. “It’s not just something to say, but something to do. The one overriding issue is the integrity of this investigation. You can’t compromise that. This goes to public perception of law enforcement.”

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    Consider this:

    It was the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office — not Calumet County — that initially took control of the Avery junkyard and Halbach's Toyota RAV4 at 10:54 a.m. Nov. 5, 2005. This was about 30 minutes after Halbach's cousin, Pamela Strum, a longtime former private investigator, reported she located the Toyota RAV4 shortly after obtaining permission to search Avery's expansive 40-acre scrapyard, which contained about 3,800 vehicles.

    Court documents show Lenk put himself on duty around noon after being made aware of the vehicle's discovery that Saturday.

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    Conflict was avoidable


    Trainum said Manitowoc County deputies could have remained on the outer perimeter of the Avery property, just like the media or curious spectators gather near a taped-off crime scene.

    It would have been acceptable for sheriff's detectives to remain at their offices in downtown Manitowoc to field calls as consultants. They could have given advice to Calumet County including useful background information surrounding Avery, his acquaintances or their knowledge of the Avery Salvage Yard, Trainum said.

    By not doing any of that, Colborn and Lenk caused themselves and their agency an enormous conflict of interest. They cast suspicion upon themselves by finding the first significant clue located inside of Avery's bedroom —- the Halbach ignition key also containing Avery's DNA within days of Pagel declaring Manitowoc County would not be directly involved.

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    Making a Murderer: Steven Avery defence lawyer Dean Strang responds to Netflix documentary's critics
    Jack Shepherd Jan 29 2016



    Avery’s defendant, Dean Strang, has since defended the Netflix series. In an interview with The Progressive, he explained that the filmmakers didn’t have time to keep everything in.

    “The editorial decisions these filmmakers made in taking 200-plus hours of evidence in the Avery case and distilling it to three plus hours on the trial in the film were easily defensible decisions, it seems to me.

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    Steven Avery's New Attorney Discusses 'Making a Murderer' Case
    By EMILY SHAPIRO
    Jan 30, 2016

    Avery is "thrilled that there is new development in technology," Kathleen Zellner, who announced a few weeks ago that she was one of his new attorneys, told ABC affiliate WBAY-TV outside the Waupun Correctional Institution in Waupun, Wisconsin, where she met with him Friday. The high-profile attorney has previously represented clients who have been released from prison after wrongful convictions.

    “Since 2007, there have been significant advances in forensic testing," Zellner told WBAY-TV. "The clearest way to do this is with scientific testing and that’s what we will be asking to do."


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    Excellent podcast with some Canadian attorneys & Jerry Buting.

    The Docket: Making a Murderer after show - Bonus Episode - Jerry Buting interview



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    'Making a Murderer': Steven Avery's Brother Gives First Interview
    BY TESSA STUART February 3, 2016

    Earl Avery, the brother of Making a Murderer subject Steven Avery — one of two brothers Steven has publicly accused of murdering Teresa Halbach — has given his first interview since the Netflix docuseries thrust his family into the national spotlight.

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    Avery threw further suspicion on the police investigation by telling Access Hollywood that Halbach's RAV4, discovered on the property by a search party, wasn't there the night of October 31 — the day Halbach was last seen. "We drove right through there — where that car was supposed to be — and it wasn't there....


    Bomb threat targets 'Making a Murderer' sheriff
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    February 4, 2016

    MANITOWOC, Wis. — Authorities investigated a bomb threat made Wednesday night against the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office and evacuated buildings near the downtown office.

    The sheriff's office has recently received significant criticism from members of the public for its handling of the investigation of the investigation of the 2005 slaying of photographer Teresa Halbach.

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    Petition to remove "Making a Murderer" from Netflix
    Manitowoc residents are sick of negative attention

    Billy Wagness
    8:14 PM, Feb 4, 2016
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    MANITOWOC, WI -- Manitowoc residents are sick of the reputation their city has earned lately, thanks to a controversial documentary on Netflix.

    A number of people are adding their names to an online petition, calling for "Making a Murderer" to be removed from the popular streaming media service.

    This comes just one day after a bomb threat, and two suspicious phone calls to Manitowoc police, cleared city blocks around the Sheriff's Department downtown as teams used bomb-sniffing dogs to search the area.

    Many in Manitowoc tonight are sick of their city's tarnished reputation.


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    ‘Making a Murderer’: Former metro-east cop who worked viral case says Avery is innocent


    Former Madison County sheriff’s lieutenant Conrad “Pete” Baetz says he developed a gut feeling about Steven Avery during their jailhouse meetings.

    Baetz recalls meeting “numerous times,” face-to-face, with Avery, the murder defendant whose case has gone viral, thanks to a new Netflix documentary: “Making a Murderer.”

    During those eye-to-eye interviews, Baetz — with more than 30 years of experience as a cop and private investigator in Madison County — formed an impression of Avery.

    “Just as a personal opinion, I think there’s a very good possibility he’s innocent. Just from the way he talked and the way we talked. You get a feel for these things, and I would have picked up some indication,” Baetz said in a phone interview from his current home in Wisconsin.


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