An insider exposes the shocking facts deliberately left out of the hit Netflix series Making a Murderer - and argues persuasively that Steven Avery was rightfully convicted in the 2005 killing of Teresa Halbach.
After serving eighteen years for a crime he didn't commit, Steven Avery was freed - and filed a thirty-six-million-dollar lawsuit against Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. But before the suit could be settled, Avery was arrested again - this time for the brutal murder of Teresa Halbach - and, through the office of a special prosecutor, convicted once more.
When the saga exploded onto the public consciousness with the airing of Making a Murderer, Michael Griesbach, a prosecutor and member of Wisconsin's Innocence Project who had been instrumental in Avery's 2003 exoneration, was targeted on social media, threatened - and plagued by doubt. Now, in this suspenseful, thorough narrative, he recounts his own re-examination of the evidence in light of the whirlwind of controversy stirred up by the blockbuster true-crime series.
As Griesbach carefully reviews allegations of tampering and planted evidence, the confession by Avery's developmentally disabled nephew, Brendan Dassey, and statements by Avery's former girlfriend Jodi Stachowski, previously sealed documents deemed inadmissible at trial by Judge Patrick L. Willis - and a little-known, plausible alternate suspect - Griesbach shows how the filmmakers' agenda, the accused man's dramatic backstory, and sensational media coverage have clouded the truth about Steven Avery.
Now as Avery's defense counsel files an appeal and prepares to do battle in the courtroom once more, Griesbach fights to set the record straight, determined that evidence should be followed where it leads and justice should be served - for as surely as our legal system should not send an innocent man to prison, neither should it let a guilty man walk free.
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I rarely rate books but this needed a rating.
- Alisha Schramm
Griesbach's uninformed arms-length perspective
Inaccurate and lack of original perspective regarding the Halbach case.
No, I would never consider Griesbach's perspective to be informative.
No, James Foster is irrelevant.
The only original evidence that Griesbach has raised in this case is that of "The German", who may in fact be the real killer of Teresa Halbach and Griesbach even admits as such. This is Griesbach's only contribution to the Halbach case and both he and his wife suspected that "The German" may be potentially involved. Because "The German" was a client of Griesbach, this is his only real connection to the Halbach case.
Griesbach leverages his proximity to this case as long time Manitowoc DA to establish some sort of "authority" on the Halbach case itself. He mainly relies on hearsay to support his gut instinct that Avery and Dassey are guilty. He also supports his guilty claims by reiterating over and over again that he supported Avery in the 1985 wrongful conviction, as if that makes his Halbach case perspectives worth anything, considering he was not involved in the Halbach case in any capacity.
Griesbach criticizes the Making a Murderer filmmakers for being biased, yet utilizes numerous examples from the documentary that say "surprised" him, such as the recorded confession videos he had never seen until he watched the film. Griesbach admits that the techniques investigators used were potentially unethical due to Dassey's age and intellectual capability, but stops short of saying they were illegal.
Further, because Griesbach wrote this book in the beginning of 2016, he has failed to ensure it includes the recent extremely important fact that a federal judge has upheld that Dassey's "confession" was forced in an unconstitutional manner. That judge, in 91 pages of legal opinion, details just how Len Kachinsky, Dassey's own public defender, worked with the prosecution to convict his own client. With no confession and no DNA evidence linking Dassey to any crimes, Avery now has a much better chance to defend himself if retried. In fact, rather than being "indefensible", Avery actually vastly improves his defense if provided the opportunity on appeal.
Griesbach also places much support on the bone evidence, even though a few months ago very strong evidence points to specific bones being that of a bird and NOT in any way human remains. The fact that an expert testified to these bones being human calls into question the entire analysis. Specifically, one suspicious bone of a bird was mysteriously "broken" in transit, showing not only the lack of care for the evidence, but that the case against Avery may have also been manipulated to hide facts that would be exculpatory to Avery, since when that one bone is intact, it is impossible to exist in the human body. When broken into multiple pieces, such a bone is not as easily identifiable amongst other shards. There are myriad other examples of Griesbach's lack of intimacy to the Halbach case throughout the book. A potential reader would be better served by watching the film Making a Murder first, then potentially reviewing the Avery trial transcripts and Calumet County Sheriff's Office (CASO) report for greater perspective.
The only original evidence that Griesbach has raised is that of "The German", who may in fact be the real killer of Teresa Halbach and Griesbach even admits as such. This is Griesbach's only contribution to the Halbach case and both he and his wife suspected that "The German" may be potentially involved. Because "The German" was a client of Griesbach, this is his only real connection to the Halbach case.
In summary, considering the uninformed arm's length proximity Griesbach had to the Halbach case, he should be deemed a charlatan with his foundation insidious and inglorious.
- K. H.