The Missing Truth About Steven Avery, Teresa Halbach, and Making A Murderer

Book - 2016 | First Kensington hardcover edition.
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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.

Includes 16 pages of photos
Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2016.
Edition: First Kensington hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781496710130
Branch Call Number: 345.77502523 Gri
Characteristics: xiv, 237 pages : colour illustrations ; 24 cm


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Mar 24, 2017

I have to admit I did not know about Steven Avery until the Netflix series "Making a Murderer". There are several books now available about his case(s).

Of the books I have read, Indefensible comes closest to how I interpret the actions of Mr Avery and the law enforcement officials involved. The author delved into Mr Avery's past including several brushes with the law long before the Theresa Hallbach murder.

What I enjoyed most about this book is that it did not get bogged down in the repeat of trial transcripts. The reader can look up that information on their own.

The saddest part of the book are the interviews recorded with Steven Avery's extended family. The young people (nieces and nephews) that came in contact with him and had their lives changed forever. Particularly compelling is the story of Avery's second cousin, Sandra Morris. She and her husband(a deputy) lived down the road from Steven Avery and her story is absolutely chilling about Avery watching her (and worse) as she drove to work in the morning.

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