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.
©2016 Michael Griesbach (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Grateful for added insight. I loved Making A Murder and was one who "binge watched" it with my wife. After watching the full series when he just watched that Steven went to jail... I knew he did it. It was GREAT entertainment! It was not convincing enough to belief, as you reference in your book, that essentially the whole police force would have to be in on it. One or two bad cops I believe, but people are talkers and their messy and the truth would eventually come like it did with Avery's first conviction. We know what the Sheriff and DA did because you can't hide things forever. Loved the book.
This book is a perfect pairing for those who have watched the Netflix series Making a Murderer and felt the outrage. I know why it stirred up so many feelings of frustration about what appeared to be unjust action taken towards Steven Avery. While watching all I could think was that could be anyone, that could be me, so easily having freedom and your voice stripped away in fear of saying the wrong thing. However I find myself to be someone who needs truth and all sides of the story. Micheal Griesbach satisfied any lingering questions I had after watching the series and is a great author to boot. Perfect choice of narrator also.
It appears Griesbach provided an analysis of the Avery case that was as unbiased as possible. For viewers of the Netflix documentary, regardless of your current opinion about Avery's guilt or innocence, I think you should listen to this book with an open mind and see where you stand at the end.
Answered all the questions I had after watching the series! The author provides thorough, objective, educated and concise reasoning that squarely confirms the only logical conclusion.
All the information you missed if you only watched the miniseries. Simple things like the miniseries making it seem like it's an open and shut case of police planting evidence because they found a hole in the stopper of the blood vial in the evidence box. I always wondered why that was a big deal, I mean the blood had to get INTO the vial somehow didn't it? And it was already tested once, so they'd have to use a needle through the stopper to get the blood out, unless they opened it up which would expose the sample to contamination.
Why did the officer ask about the license plate days before it was found? The officer was working that day was given a notice to look out for the car because she was last known to be in the area. Common practice is to double check the plate with dispatch to make sure you have the right number.
These are only two examples of things the series almost said proved a cover-up, and presented without the simple explanations. The series was a farce and painted a rosy picture of a viscous murderer.
I just finished the audible version of Indefensible by Michael Griesbach. I was one of thousands who ended up binge watching the Netflix documentary, Making a Murderer almost a year ago. The latter had definitively brought many to the conclusion that lightening had indeed struck twice and once again, Mr Avery was the victim of law enforcement gone amuk when he was convicted (wrongly and unfairly according to the filmmakers), of the torture, rape, and murder of 25 year-old Theresa Halbach in 2005. While no thinking person would deny that Mr Avery did suffer a wrongful conviction for a rape that had occurred 20 years earlier, the author of Indefensible calls one to take a look at the facts in a fair and concise manner. While I am still not convinced that Brendan Dassi (sp?) - Avery's then 16 year-old nephew, who was also convicted of the crime, was equally culpable, or at the very least, did not receive a fair trial. I feel very confident that Steven Avery is exactly where he belongs. Before one makes a decision in their own mind, I challenge all to give Indefensible a read...with an open mind.
I'm trying to figure out why the makers of the documentary wasted so much time and energy on a piece of crap like Steven Avery when there are so many more deserving, truly innocent people out there. I did watch the whole series, and like others, I assumed they were presenting the evidence accurately and truthfully. However, after this book and being presented the whole picture, it's so blatantly obvious that Avery killed her and his nephew was involved. How can someone get away with such a joke of a documentary and call it a documentary? I don't know, but I hope this group never makes another and is held accountable for the sham they created and all the pain it's hashed up for everyone. Thank you for this book and for shining a light on how gullible I/we can be at times.
Michael did a fantastic job with objectivity throughout the narrative. Takes you through the evidence for both sides, and even highlights some potential alternate suspects. After the bias of making a murderer, this is very refreshing. We all know there are 3 sides to every story: the prosecution, the defense, and the truth. I believe this helps uncover the truth.
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