#5 Making Murderers

Montowoc County Courruption

In this week’s episode we explore the tragic and twisted story of the Avery family, made famous by the Netfilx documentary series Making A Murderer. 

After serving 18 years for a crime he did not commit, Steve Avery of Montowoc County, Wisconsin had the nation’s public sympathy and was poised to collect a massive settlement for his wrongful imprisonment. Just when it seemed like everything was about to turn around for him, Avery was arrested for the murder of a young woman found who’s remains where discovered on hs property.

As his trial progressed the defense uncovered shocking evidence that the police had actually planted evidence on the crime scene.

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Show notes:

As we discuss in the podcast, the Netflix series is engrosing and will have you supoorting Avery one minute and hating him the next. But the film is somewhat deceptive since it left out important details about the case.

For starters:

  • Avery appeared to have an obsession with Halback, repeatedly calling the Auto Trader magazine she worked for to request she personally come to the Avery Salvage Yard to inspect their inventory
  • Avery called Halbach several times the day she disappeared, twice using *67 to conceal his number
  • The bullet that allegedly killed Thesea Halbach was fired from Avery’s gun

And there’s more where that came from.
Source: http://www.11alive.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/01/29/seven-details-left-out-making-murderer/79541818/
Source: http://www.pajiba.com/netflix_movies_and_tv/is-steven-avery-guilty-evidence-making-a-murderer-didnt-present.php
Source: http://thefederalist.com/2016/01/06/making-a-murderer-subject-steven-avery-is-guilty-as-hell/
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/steven-avery-making-a-murderer_us_56992180e4b0ce4964243136

 

In an interview with Avery’s ex-fiance, Jodi Stachowski, she claims she was lying on camera in the Netflix series out of fear for her saftey and in fact believes Avery is guilty. Stachoski describes Avery as abusive and how he coached her on how to act for the interviewers.
Source: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/13/making-a-murderer-steven-avery-s-ex-fiancee-claims-behind-closed-doors-he-s-a-monster.html

 

Avery has now begun pointing fingers at other members of his family as suspects for Theresa Halbach’s murder, including his brother, who was also arrested for sexual assault, as well as stalking.
Source: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/10/making-a-murderer-meet-the-men-steven-avery-thinks-may-have-killed-teresa-halbach.html

In fact, it seems like most of the Avery clan has had run-ins with the law at some point.

This helps convince people who think he’s guilty. He’s a bad seed from a long line of bad seeds.

But it also bolster’s the defense’s argument; they regarded the whole Avery family as troublemakers and were predisposed to assume guilt without having all the facts.

And where the evidence was lacking, they augmented it by planting more.

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But even most people watching this probably don’t grasp the full implications of the police corruption: If they did this with the case of Steve Avery, how many other cases have they planted evidence in?

Every case those the Montowoc County Sheriff’s Department has ever touched is now tainted because of this.

One can only imagine how busy the appeals courts will become now that this documentary has come out.

And this doesn’t even include all the shenanigans with Brendan Dassey’s confessions…

montowoc_county_brendan_dassey_confession

 

Other news pertaining to the case, There’s currently a Change.org petition for Avery’s release that is 10k short of its’ goal of half a million signatures. We’ll keep an eye on this to see if anything comes of it.

In another major development in the Avery saga, Brad Dassey, Christian Rapper and elder brother of Brendan Dassey, has just dropped a new a track insiting on his relative’s innocence.

Our calls to confirm his sigining by Roc-A-Fella records were not returned.

 

What do think happened in this case? Are Steve Avery and Brendan Dassey guilty or is the real killer still out there? Let us know in the comments below.

-J. DeMarco

 

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