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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.

©2016 Michael Griesbach (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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I rarely rate books but this needed a rating.

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.

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Buy This Book

A detailed account of this case that is worth your time. Highly recommend this book.

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Excellent listen

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.

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Feeling complete

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.

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As unbiased as I've heard!

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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So much info on this case, not sure who to believe

This is certainly not as interesting as Making of a Murderer, but if this is true, writers of that production left out some crucial information and made every effort to make Avery look innocent. After hearing this, I am really unsure - so confusing, still don't think we have the complete story. Since Avery is in prison, I hope the right decision was made in the end.

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Good but Disappointing

I absolutely loved Making a Murderer when it cane out as I enjoy a good crime story. However, the more I learned about Avery, the more I realized that the documentary glosses over and makes excuses for his domestic violence and other disturbing behavior. Jim Clemente and Laura Richards really highlight that on Real Crime Profile.

What I enjoyed most was that he really does go into the weeds and he does try to take away his personal biases.

My main disappointment is in his excuses on the evidence. While I do believe that Steven Avery murdered Halbach, I do not think he received a fair trial. This is due to the fact that Manitowoc County did involve themselves in the investigation and all they did was create the situation that promoted the set up defense. Any piece of evidence found by someone in Manitowoc County should have been thrown out.

This gives me the impression that in more rural areas a prosecutor can get away with letting in evidence not due to rules of evidence. Really it was only the evidence excuses that bothered me.

Overall a good listen.

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Great

Very entertaining! I Loved how factual is was, do recommend for any true crime enthusiast.

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The other side

I was one that was convinced of Avery’s innocence. After reading this book I was presented with facts that have changed my mind. I am still disgusted with some of the tactics of the interrogation methods of the police. With that being said I feel better about Avery being convicted, there is still some question about certain evidence, but I think it quite likely that Avery and Dassey did it. Good read for anyone wanting to hear evidence that was not presented on the documentary.

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Great book but did not change my mind

I really enjoyed this thorough review of the case and learning how "Making a Murderer" really did splice film and leave certain things out to support the frame-up theory. I was expecting this book to change my mind and feel less heart broken over how the film ended, but the book did not do that for me.

I think it's a strong possibility that Steven killed Teresa but I am not convinced that he did beyond a shadow of a doubt. As soon as any officer from the Manitowoc County Police Dept. stepped foot on his property during the search, that is enough to plant doubt in my head because of the $36M lawsuit between the department and Steven.

I would still recommend this book though! I enjoyed the way the author takes you through his journey of re-studying the case and learning about how the film was twisted towards Steven's favor.

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