It’s time to set the record straight about Steven Avery.
The Netflix series Making a Murderer was a runaway hit, with over 19 million US viewers in the first 35 days. The series left many with the opinion that Steven Avery, a man falsely imprisoned for almost 20 years on a previous, unrelated assault charge, had been framed by a corrupt police force and district attorney’s office for the murder of a young photographer. Viewers were outraged, and hundreds of thousands demanded a pardon for Avery. The chief villain of the series? Ken Kratz, the special prosecutor who headed the investigation and trial. Kratz’s later misdeedsprescription drug abuse and sexual harassmentonly cemented belief in his corruption.
This book tells you what Making a Murderer didn’t.
While indignation at the injustice of his first imprisonment makes it tempting to believe in his innocence, Avery: The Case Against Steven Avery and What Making a Murderer Gets Wrong and the evidence shared insideexamined thoroughly and dispassionatelyprove that, in this case, the criminal justice system worked just as it should.
With Avery , Ken Kratz puts doubts about Steven Avery’s guilt to rest. In this exclu- sive insider’s look into the controversial case, Kratz lets the evidence tell the story, sharing details and insights unknown to the public. He reveals the facts Making a Murderer conveniently left out and then candidly addresses the aftermathopenly discussing, for the first time, his own struggle with addiction that led him to lose everything.
Avery systematically erases the uncertainties introduced by the Netflix series, confirming, once and for all, that Steven Avery is guilty of the murder of Teresa Halbach.
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About the Author
In his 25-year prosecution career, Ken Kratz has handled many complex and high-profile cases including homicides, sexual assaults, child abuse cases, and property crimes. Widely considered one of the state’s best criminal trial attorneys, Ken dedicated his career to advancing the rights of crime victims, serving on the Attorney General’s Crime Victim’s Council, and as Chairman of Wisconsin’s Crime Victim’s Rights Board from 1997 to 2009. Ken also proudly served as President of the Wisconsin District Attorney’s Association in 1996.
For his work on the Teresa Halbach homicide case, Ken was named “Prosecutor of the Year” by the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators in 2008. Ken has also received recognition from the Wisconsin District Attorney’s Association, Wisconsin Department of Justice, and Wisconsin Judicial Council.
Table of Contents
Chapter One True Crime Today
Chapter Two The Disappearance
Chapter Three The Victim
Chapter Four The Perpetrator
Chapter Five The Blood
Chapter Six The Key
Chapter Seven The Bones
Chapter Eight The Bullet
Chapter Nine The Accomplice
Chapter Ten The Decision
Chapter Eleven The Villains
Chapter Twelve The “Prize”
Chapter Thirteen The Vast, Fantastical Police Conspiracy
Chapter Fourteen The Aftermath
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a JOKE. Aside from the fact that it's terribly written, the entire thing is nothing but speculation and fabrication. I stopped reading at the part where the handcuffs get involved. 'Avery bought handcuffs. Teresa's DNA weren't on them, but he bought handcuffs...' pretty much sums up just how unsubstantiated Ken Kratz's entire account is. He calls Steven a psychopath on numerous occasions with nothing but his own narcissistic-personality disorder to back this claim up. If you want to read a poorly-written account with no new information by a disgraced ex-DA and sexual predator trying to save-face, go ahead and throw away your money :)
This Kratz guy wrote a pity story. I cant believe anything that comes out of his mouth
I read this book almost immediately after watching Making A Murderer. I was hoping it would help me off the fence of Guilty or Innocent. Instead, it left me with more questions than answers. I needed to investigate. After seeing where the case in now in 2018 and reading everything about Steven Avery's post conviction case, I have come to the conclusion that this book was pure prosecution biased. Ken Kratz offers no explanation to any of the questionable evidence. He didn't in court and he didn't in this book. Thank you, Ken Kratz, for helping to convince me of Steven Avery's innocence.
Man.... I really really wanted to like this book more. I'll admit to getting caught up in the hype of the Making a Murderer series when it was first released and was outraged at the "conspiracy" and "evidence tampering" that had occurred. Of course, there's always two sides to every story and when I received this ARC from NetGalley, I was excited to get a glimpse of the prosecution's side. Unfortunately, I feel the author's own troubled history takes away from the validity of this book and most of the background described can be found from a simple Google search. Maybe I just built this up in my head too much and was disappointed that there were not the same fireworks that Making a Murderer gave me back in 2015. I do feel fans of the Netflix series should give this a chance though as it's a quick read and does touch upon the latest developments with the Brendan Dassey case. I do admire the fact that Mr. Kratz worked to overcome his addictions and move on with his life but I can't help but feel that this book was some kind of "stick it to 'em" of the creators of the Netflix series and Mr Kratz seemed oblivious of who his true audience was. His obvious disdain of the series, while understandable, caused him to miss the mark and while this book could have a been a huge opportunity for him to truly show his side, I feel the chapters were just a reflection of his own jumbled thoughts. I wish more effort had been put into organizing the book better and the facts were looked at more in-depth rather than just touched upon and then off it was to the next detail. And while Mr. Kratz talks about Teresa Halbach being overlooked throughout the book, he himself is guilty of this as well, offering only 7 pages of the book entitled "The Victim" that offers no new insight to who the victim was but merely describes the events leading up to her murder. It's hard to believe that a book is "dedicated to her memory" when the author himself seems to have put little effort into remembering her. I think Mr. Kratz would have gotten a better response to his novel if he had taken some more time to focus on this. Mr. Kratz did do a good job of identifying some of the invisible victims of this crime, including Lieutenant James Lenk and Sergeant Andy Colburn and their families. I do agree with Mr Kratz's opinion that two completely untarnished police officers would not be capable of the amount of corruption, evidence tampering and just pure luck that framing Steven Avery would entail. Teresa Halbach was the true victim of this crime but James Lenk, Andy Colburn, Ken Kratz himself and their respective families are the victims of the relentless media attention this case was given with the release of the Making a Murderer series in 2015. I think, if I had spent less time after the release of Making a Murderer, researching the facts of the case, I might have liked this book more. Unfortunately, I don't think any new insights were provided by Mr. Kratz.
Believe in evidence. Not in netflix series bias.
If you have watched the Making a Murderer Netflix series, I highly suggest you read this to get a different (and accurate) perspective.