We all know the story: Steven Avery was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault in 1985 and served 18 years in Green Bay Correctional, only to be exonerated once new technology for testing DNA evidence became available. A few years later, he was tried in the infamous murder trial of Teresa Halbach. The real question: Was he framed by the Manitowoc County Sheriff Department, since he was pursuing a $36 million dollar lawsuit against the state for his earlier wrongful conviction? We still don't quite have the full story, as there are several key details missing from the Netflix documentary.
There was obvious mishandling of the Steven Avery evidence by law enforcement and it's not impossible that there was a framing of Avery, that much is clear - but what was not included in the documentary is also important to examine so we can understand the case in its entirety. As flawed as the investigation by law enforcement was, that doesn't necessarily mean Avery is innocent.
From DNA from Avery's sweat found in Halbach's RAV4, to what Avery told fellow inmates in prison, to Brendan Dassey's mom reporting that Steven and Brendan cleaned the garage after Halbach's disappearance, there are several details that Making A Murderer left on the cutting room floor.Of course we'll be interested to see what new information Anonymous releases in the coming months; for now, it's worthwhile to examine the pieces of evidence below for a fuller picture of the case.
Brenden's Mother Said He Helped Avery Clean Out His Garage After Halbach DisappearedFrom a Milwaukee Magazine article: "On February 27, Dassey's mother spoke with police investigators. Barbara Janda, 41, mentioned that her son had stained his pants while helping his uncle clean his garage floor around Halloween. ... According to the Department of Justice investigator's testimony in Dassey's trial, Dassey's pants had bleach stains that he said were from helping clean the garage."9501,499Does this change your opinion?
Avery Booked an Auto Trader Appointment Under His Sister's NamePhoto: Autotrader
According to an Associated Press article, "Prosecutors are trying to convince a jury that Avery lured Halbach to the family salvage yard by booking an appointment with the magazine, using the name of his sister, Barb Janda, to take a picture of a red minivan that Janda wanted to sell."
This could be explained by the fact that Avery's sister's car was the one that Halbach was going to photograph, but it's still an interesting piece of the puzzle.5771,350Does this change your opinion?
Avery Told a Fellow Inmate That the Best Way to Get Rid of a Body Is to Burn It
According to (then prosecutor) Kratz, an inmate who was at Green Bay Correctional the same time as Avery shared that Avery had told him that the best way to get rid of a body is to burn it.Read more here.5451,373Does this change your opinion?
Avery and Jodi (His Girlfriend at the Time), Had an Altercation on Police RecordPhoto: MAM/Netflix
Their relationship was much rockier and tumultuous than the documentary depicted. According to a 2006 piece on Avery for Milwaukee Magazine, Avery was arrested in 2004 over an “altercation” with Stachowski, fined $243, and ordered to stay away from her for 72 hours.5351,377Does this change your opinion?