Making A Murderer is the Netflix documentary that’s on everyone’s lips. And now it’s been announced that there’s going to be a book published, themed around the season. Penguin Random House will release The Innocent Killer by Michael Griesbach and it’s going to be out soon – the ebook will be out Jan 21st and the paperback Feb 11th.
The book was actually written before the documentary aired on Netflix and was originally published in 2014 and Griesback was actually a Wisconsin prosecuter who worked on Avery’s original case. However, the book doesn’t attempt to prove anyone innocent or guilty but instead aims to use the case to point out flaw in the US law system.
We’re pretty certain though that the new release of the book will become a best seller straight away, with the show definitely being the run away hit of 2016 so far.
And now there might be a second season!
Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said: “the story is still unfolding, so we’ll certainly take a look at it.”
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He’s certainly right about the story still unfolding. The 10-part true crime documentary series tells the story of Steven Avery, who was convicted of the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach in Wisconsin.
Since the film went viral, there’s been a series of reports to document what’s happened next.
In a new interview with HLN’s Nancy Grace, Jodi Stachowski, Steven Avery’s former fiancée and one of his closest supporters in the documentary, has spoken out against him.
During the interview, Jodi reveals that she believes Avery is guilty. When asked, she replies firmly, ‘Yes I do.’
She goes on to explain: ‘he threatened to kill me and my family and a friend of mine’ and that she thinks this was a result of him being ‘sick’.
Jodi does say that Steven always maintained his innocence in the Halbach murder, whenever she asked about it.
The 10-episode Netflix series sees Jodi standing by her partner Steven Avery, telephoning him whilst he was in jail awaiting his trial. Now, she claims that the relationship was ‘abusive’ and even describes him as a ‘monster.’
Jodi also admits that she hasn’t watched the documentary and asked not to be in it because it’s ‘all lies’.
According to PEOPLE, Steven Avery has now filed another appeal, alleging that a juror bullied the rest of the jury panel into a guilty verdict, which ultimately convicted him of the murder of Teresa.
The juror has been referred to as C.W. and it is claimed that he labelled Avery as ‘f****** guilty’ and told his peers on the jury, ‘if you can’t handle it, why don’t you tell [the judge] and just leave?’
It has been pointed out that C.W. might stand for Carl Wardman, a member of the jury who volunteered for the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department.
Last week, Avery secured a new defense team, comprised of Chicago lawyer Kathleen Zellner and Tricia Bushnell, who is the legal director of the Midwest Innocence Project.
The Netflix film, which was first released on 18th December, followed the lengthy homicide court case, and also tells Steven’s back story of being wrongfully convicted of sexual assault.
He served 18 years for a crime he didn’t commit, before finally being acquitted as a result of fresh DNA evidence. He was then found guilty of Teresa’s murder years later.
Since the release of Making A Murderer, it has also been alleged that one of the original jurors contacted the filmmakers, Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, admitting that they believe Steven Avery was framed.
This information was announced by the filmmakers during an interview on the Today show.
They said, ‘[The juror] told us that they believe Steven Avery was not proven guilty.
‘They believe Steven was framed by law enforcement and that he deserves a new trial, and if he receives a new trial, in their opinion it should take place far away from Wisconsin.’
In the series, Steven’s lawyers, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, said that when the jury first met to discuss a verdict, seven of them were convinced of his innocence, but after days of deliberation they delivered a guilty verdict.
The unnamed juror reportedly told Laura Ricciardi that they gave in to the guilty verdict because they ‘feared for their personal safety.’
Steven is still imprisoned for the crime, along with his nephew Brendan Dassey who was also given a lengthy sentance for playing a part in the murder.
Avery has maintained his innocence and believes that he was framed by county officials. Viewers of the documentary series have noted that Brendan’s confession was inconsistent and he was interrogated without the presence of a parent or guardian.
Prosecutor Ken Kratz claims that the documentary series has an ‘agenda’ and ‘presents misinformation’.
He also told PEOPLE that important evidence was not included in the film, saying ‘You don’t want to muddy up a perfectly good conspiracy movie with what actually happened… and certainly not provide the audience with the evidence the jury considered to reject that claim.’
Ricciardi says: ‘Our opinion is that we included the state’s most compelling evidence.’
Defense attorney Dean Strang agreed, ‘No one’s going to watch a 600-hour movie of gavel-to-gavel, unedited coverage of a trial.’
There are now more than 300,000 signatures across petitions on Change.org and WhiteHouse.gov all asking that Avery is exonerated.
And a constant social media conversation seems to be in full swing…