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Indefensible Audiobook

Indefensible: The Missing Truth About Steven Avery, Teresa Halbach, and Making a Murderer

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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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    Alisha Schramm 09-01-16 Member Since 2015
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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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    Tippecanoe 09-10-16
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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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    Angela 09-26-16
    Angela 09-26-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    Heather W. 09-08-16
    Heather W. 09-08-16
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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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    Marguerite Bedig 09-24-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant Resolution"

    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.

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    Corin Buran 09-09-16
    Corin Buran 09-09-16 Member Since 2015
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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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    "Finally Proof that Justice was Served!"

    Ever since Making of a Murderer aired on Netflix I have wanted the rest of the story. I work in criminal law so I really focused on the facts and my instincts but something was missing something just didn't add up. There were things about this case that confused me, like where was the blood? I focused most of my attention on Brandon and his jail house phone call with his mom because that's when he was being most honest. She asked him "so you were there?" And he said "Yeaaaah" I needed facts though to quiet the doubters. This book offers all the facts, all the proof we didn't get to see in the docuseries. James Foster takes the case apart piece by piece and answers all the unanswered questions. What really struck me is that he wasn't out to just prove Avery was guilty he was seeking the TRUTH! This is a great book!!

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    Mel 07-24-17
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    "Interesting, insightful."

    Being a true crime, and the ironic display of failure compared to adequacy in our justice system was interesting. Knowing the back story of the shoe was a plus when I watched it.

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    "I had my doubts"

    I too watched "Making A Murderer" - but I thought if it was SO OBVIOUS then why was he convicted? I think this author did a good job at looking at both sides. Also, he did a good job of explaining why the jury system is set up the way that it is.

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    grammyB 03-25-17
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    If you could sum up Indefensible in three words, what would they be?

    Eye Opening Facts


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    This book answered many questions about the guilt or innocence of Steven Avery. I think he is where he needs to be.

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