By now most everyone has heard of, if not seen, the Netflix series Making a Murderer. Since its release on December 18, 2015, the 10-part series has taken the world by storm with audiences everywhere raging about the extreme injustices that were committed on the part of the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department. The documentary certainly does an excellent job of detailing the many ways in which the corrupt officers may have planted evidence that ultimately landed the accused, Steven Avery, in prison for the rest of his life. But the inherent flaw with documentaries is that they can be incredibly one-sided, and Making a Murderer is very obviously supporting the defense of Avery, who was wrongfully convicted of rape in 1985 and subsequently spent 18 years of his life behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. And while many thousands who have watched the show proclaim his innocence, so much so that a petition with over 340,000 signatures reached the White House, there’s very likely another side to the story that creators Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi didn’t explore.
What if Steven Avery really did commit the murder of Teresa Halbach? In the mere weeks since its debut plenty of new evidence has been brought to light that indicates Avery may not be as innocent as we were led to believe.
6. Avery Has A History Of Violence
During the documentary it is mentioned by then-prosecutor Ken Kratz that Avery previously had a violent incident involving his cat. The details of this event were glossed over fairly quickly in the episode, but Kratz recently released further information stating that “he soaked his cat in gasoline or oil, and put it on a fire to watch it suffer.”
And violence toward animals is far from the only deplorable acts Avery’s committed. His past criminal activity included threatening a female relative at gunpoint, and just recently his former fiancée Jodi Stachowski sat down with Nancy Grace, an HLN host and legal expert, for an exclusive interview where she described their past relationship as “abusive,” even going so far as to call him a “monster.” She discusses incidents when Avery threatened to kill her and her family, as well as a time when he threatened to throw a blow dryer into the bathtub while she was in it. And according to interviewer Nancy Grace, Avery beat Stachowski “to a bloody pulp on numerous occasions and we have dug and found a police report to document that.” These stories certainly demonstrate that Avery’s aggressive and violent behavior was escalating over time, so murder is certainly not outside the realm of possibility.