The Innocent Killer by Michael Griesbach.
I think like the rest of the world there was a time a good few months ago when all I could talk about was the Netflix documentary ‘Making a Murderer’ after I watched it I was in a state of disbelief (and rage) so when I saw this in my local supermarket I just had to get a copy.
Now I’m sure there’s a lot of you out there who feel that the documentary was one sided and believe Steven Avery is guilty and has been rightfully convicted, so you will love this book because it is mostly unbiased apart from towards the end of the book, which in my opinion, the author pretty much states that he believes the conviction received by Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey is justified. However if you’re like me and believe that Avery is innocent then this book gives you A LOT more insight into his first wrongful conviction in 1985 and the battle it took for him to be, eventually exonerated, of the crime. It looks at Avery’s past misdemeanours and yes, understandably, he wasn’t an angel, but he was getting his life back on track (which those who watched the documentary closely will know IS mentioned) I couldn’t believe the lack of care or responsibility Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department displayed in the handling of the sexual assault on Penny Beernsten. I won’t spoil anything for you in case you decide to read but there is SO much more that happened, so much more evidence and people approaching the Sheriff saying he’d got it wrong, only for it to be ignored so that Gregory Allen could spend another 10 years on street, which led to the brutal rape of a woman whose daughter was asleep in the room next door.
The book looks at the Steven’s appeal for compensation for his wrongful imprisonment for 18 years where he was set to get a $36 million dollar pay out, so for me, it comes as no surprise that when Teresa Halbach went missing and the Avery Salvage Yard was the last place she was seen, that all fingers pointed to Avery. Now you’re probably familiar with the case as it’s what 8 of the 10 episodes focused on, but it does offer more insight, including motions that were filed by everyone’s favourite justice league Dean Strang and Jerome Buting. One of which was to suggest that anyone who had access to the Avery Salvage yard should be considered as perpetrators of the crime, including two of Avery’s brothers, one of which had been arrested for trying to strangle his girlfriend to death with a telephone cord.
An eye opening book that offers more insight into the first case than the second but its well worth a read if you’re looking for more information after watching the documentary.
Star Rating out of 5: 3
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