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.
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.
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.
When I first watched the documentary about Avery and his nephew I understood at least one intent to be as an answer to how the prosecution used the media to shape public opinion. In fact I understood how the documentary also did that. One important question I always ask when presented with an item, article, story, program, etc. is what is the message I am meant to take from it. I always make that assumption, then examine the story from that point of view. Not necessarily whether I am being told the truth, but, what is the belief I am being presented with to assume as a truth. This book offers a perfect counterbalance to the documentary which prompted it's need to be written. I enjoyed both, and although the book aligns more with assumptions I made despite what the documentary wanted me to believe it saddens me that only the more intellectually honest people will actually probably read it or consider what it's trying to say openly and honestly. if you are one of those, you will probably enjoy and appreciate this book. I know all too well the power of the media in today's popculture driven society, so I also know that a slick documentary aimed at emotion rather than intellect will by far reach more people than a book aimed at reason.
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.
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.
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.
I can devour an audiobook. It's taken the place of television for me. I love fiction, mysteries, auto-bios....even cookbooks.
The power of propaganda is proven by these two biased filmmakers is frightening. We have people signing petitions to the POTUS trying to get this monster freed.
I do hope more people who have based their faith in this evil man, Avery, will listen to reason. I hope they will listen or read this audiobook that is filled with common sense and logic and critical thinking.
Conspiracy nuts abound and some are harmless. When they attempt to loose a dangerous sociopath on the rest of us, they are dangerous.
This book is very well written and enlightening and the narrator does a great job.
After following this sordid and tragic story for many years, the documentary shocked me. The critical information that was edited out, the manipulation and the skillful way they created a new Avery, a sympathetic one, simply by playing fast and loose with splicing and omitting facts is not only maddening, but disappointing. I don't know why these two supposed intelligent people fell so in love with this violent criminal, but that's how it looks. How did they lose their perspective? It makes me wonder....what's in it for them?
Shame on them! May the victim, Ms Halbach RIP.
After watching Making a Murder I always had the common sense that things were edited and left out of the documentary. This is a good book about the other side. It also is a good book to remind us that the law and justice are never perfect and to never give up when searching for the truth.
I only wish the author would have given his opinion on why he thought Steven Avery would commit a crime after he was freed from prison. Of course no one knows exactly why people commit crimes, I still would like to have heard the authors opinion.
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