‘Making a Murderer’: What Most People Don’t Know About Steven Avery

Making a Murderer can easily be described as one of the most compelling docuseries of the decade. The documentary tells the story of Steven Avery; A man who was wrongfully convicted of a crime in 1985 and spent 18 years out of a 25-year sentence in prison when new DNA evidence surfaced that cleared Avery of the crime. Then, just two years later, he and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, were arrested and put back in prison for the murder of a photographer named Teresa Halbach.

What makes this series so intriguing is the fact that the documentary was recorded in real time. The camera crew was there when Avery was released from prison the first time, and the audience was able to share their surprise when he was convicted for the murder of an Auto Trader photographer. 

Since the show first aired, the country has been divided on whether the Wisconsin man and his nephew are innocent or guilty. There have been many protesters that have shown up at some of Avery’s court dates to show their support of him. However, since his ex-fiancee told the public how he had acted and treated her during their relationship, many people are starting to doubt Steven Avery’s innocence. Because the documentary is trying to paint Avery as a completely innocent man, there are rumors that he may be released from prison as early as this year.

No one except for Steven Avery knows what happened the night Teresa Halbach tragically passed away. It is hard for the public to decide if he is innocent or guilty because the documentary seems to only tell one side of the story. In order to help you make a better decision about the Steven Avery case, here are a few facts that the documentary left out.

Steven Avery’s DNA was found on Teresa’s car keys

Making a murderer talked a lot about the fact that Teresa’s car keys were found in Avery’s home. They had focused more on the fact the keys were found by a Manitowoc County officer a few days after the initial search of Avery’s home was conducted. Their argument was that if the keys were out in the open, why didn’t law enforcement find them sooner? This had helped to confirm what many were already speculating: The evidence was planted by law enforcement because they were angry that Avery was suing the county for his wrongful conviction in 1985.

However, the documentary didn’t really cover the fact that Avery’s dried sweat was found on the keys. If the car keys were planted a few days after they had arrested Avery, how were they able to also plant Avery’s DNA on the keys without anyone knowing? That is a hard question to answer, so apparently, the creators of the documentary thought it was best if they just left that piece of information out.

Steven Avery had requested Teresa Halbach to come to his house

Dawn Pliszka, a receptionist that worked with Teresa Halbach at Auto Trader, had testified in court the day Teresa had died that Steven Avery called and said he wanted the same photographer that had been to his property before (Teresa) to come back that day to take more pictures. 

Requesting the same photographer to come to take pictures of different vehicles that you are selling does not mean you are guilty of murder, but it does seem odd the documentary would choose not to mention that tiny piece of evidence.

Is Steven Avery guilty of murder?

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Steven Avery, 42 of Two Rivers, Wis., spent 18 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit. | David Trotman-Wilkins 00238760A LINEUP

As we have mentioned before, no one knows what happened on that day except for Steven and Teresa. Although the director of the documentary has admitted to leaving out some of the evidence, that still isn’t enough to go on to decide whether he is guilty or not. After all, Steven Avery himself had no say in what pieces of evidence made the docu-series and what pieces didn’t. We just hope that one day the truth will come out so that the Halbach family can finally have some closure and peace.

In the latest news, Steven Avery and his lawyer won a motion to appeal, so Avery will get his day again in court to argue over the bones given to Teresa Halbach. His lawyer would like to test the bones to determine if they are indeed Halbach’s.