'Making A Murderer' Prosecutor Tells His Side Of The Story
Back in December 2015, Netflix blessed us with the epic docuseries "Making a Murderer," and man, did we eat it up.
I know I personally blazed through all 10 episodes within 48 hours of starting the series. By the end, my eyes were twitching and I was questioning everything I'd ever known.
Now, it's time to add even more questions to my list, as Ken Kratz, the lead prosecutor of the Steven Avery case, has written a book about the details of the Netflix show he claims filmmakers got wrong.
In his book, "Avery: The Case Against Steven Avery and What Making a Murderer Got Wrong," Kratz tells his side of the story in a point-by-point counterargument to the documentary.
For those who haven't watched, the Netflix series focused on how the justice system failed Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, who were convicted of killing Teresa Halbach, 25.
Kratz tackles one of the most titillating moments in the series: when the defense team recovered a box containing a vial of Avery's blood. The tape around the box had been sliced, and a tiny hole was found in the lid of the vial.
Both of these discoveries appeared to support the idea that Avery's blood may have been planted at the crime scene to frame him for the murder of the 25-year-old.
As incriminating as these pieces of evidence seem to be, Kratz presents a different explanation:
We see close shots of the broken seal on the box that contains the vial of blood. We do not hear that the seal was broken in the presence of Avery's own Innocence Project defense team in 2002, in a meeting to review the available physical evidence for retesting in pursuit of his eventual exoneration.
Referencing the vial of blood, he says,
We do not hear that the hole in the top of the tube was actually made by a nurse when the blood was first collected from Steven Avery, not by some phantom police conspirator. This is how all blood gets into collection tubes, as you are probably aware if you have ever had blood drawn yourself.
Additionally, Kratz wrote in his book that he stands by his original prosecution of Brendan Dassey, Avery's nephew and accused accomplice in the rape, murder and mutilation of Halbach. Kratz continues,
I lose no sleep over my prosecution of Brendan Dassey. I was a prosecutor with a dead young woman and her surviving family for which to pursue justice. It was not my fault that Brendan was easily manipulated by Avery, or had a low IQ, or was shy, or that he made a dozen inconsistent statements.
In August 2016, Dassey's conviction was overturned by a lower court after his defense argued that his confession had been coerced. However, he currently remains in prison while the state appeals the decision.
Though we don't yet have a confirmed release date for season two of "Making a Murderer," we do know the new episodes will definitely be released on Netflix this year.
In the meantime, Kratz's book will be published on February 21, so if you're itching for new details on this insane case, it's available now to order on Amazon.