There were A LOT of questions raised through the Making A Murderer series, but perhaps some of the most unexpected ones involved the identity of some seriously attractive white knights.
Yup, we had the heroics of Steven Avery’s defense lawyers Jerry Buting and Dean Strang to swoon over, and then we were introduced to a certain silver-haired reporter at around the episode seven mark.
Aside from causing a riot across social media because of his charming good looks, the reporter also had a lot of interesting and important questions for the prosecution. We’re not ashamed to say that we were hanging onto every word.
After sassy female reporter Angenette Levy spoke out, silver fox – actual name Aaron Keller – has spoken out about the case that he covered all those years ago. At the time of filming for Making A Murderer, Aaron was working for NBC26 and covering updates in the case of Steven Avery.
It turns out that he was just as inspired by the dream team of Dean Strang and Jerry Buting as us, as he’s since gone on to get his own law degree and become a university professor.
Aaron Keller now has some very important questions surrounding the trial. Speaking to Rolling Stone, he reveals one thing that still plays on his mind, even after all of these years.
He says, ‘At one point we had to pull out of a live shot because there’s lightning. I’m trying to remember when that was, because one of the big questions has been whether Avery’s fingerprints could have, in theory, survived on the Halbach vehicle – assuming that he had touched it – and I’m trying to remember whether there was a really bad thunderstorm within those first couple of days when she was reported missing.
‘Because if there was a deluge, would it have wiped away some potential evidence? But it might have been when they were searching like a year later, because there were a couple of searches in there.’
According to Weather Underground, a storm DID occur in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, two days after Teresa Halbach was reported missing – which was six days before Avery’s arrest.
Aaron also raises a question about the news that followed after Teresa Halbach was reported missing: ‘The next element of [the story] was that Steven Avery was the last person to have seen her, and that story was broken by WBAY-TV in Green Bay. And I remember we immediately called and confirmed it and had it on the air within a couple of minutes of when they had it on the air, but I want to know how they got that.’
He believes that the source of this information could be the key in understanding the community and the set up of the time, ‘It paints a picture, potentially, of the media environment in Green Bay at the time. Channel 2 in Green Bay was the legacy station that had primarily been number one through most of its existence, and to this day, they are pretty tight with the law-enforcement community.
‘We [employees of the NBC affiliate] were mostly outsiders. They were insiders. We were more apt to ask really tough questions because we weren’t friends with people from elementary school who worked other jobs in that area. So there were some elements of stories that the NBC station was not able to break because we didn’t have entrenched friendships.’
And the plot just keeps on getting thicker…