Unless you’ve been living in seclusion (or don’t happen to have a Netflix subscription), you have likely heard about the controversial documentary “Making a Murderer” – This stranger than fiction murder case involving Steven Avery has every person who watched the 10-episode series feeling unhinged and weighing in with their opinions. Most people fall within two major camps in regards to the case. One camp thinks that Steven Avery is guilty as sin and brutally murdered photographer Teresa Halbach. The second camp is pronouncing his innocence and insisting he was setup by local law enforcement. But could there be a third possible outcome? Could Steven Avery still be responsible for Teresa Halbach’s murder, but the police planted evidence to ensure a conviction?
The Wrongfully Convicted – In 2003, after an astonishing 18 years in prison for sexual assault charges, Steven Avery’s conviction was overturned based off of newly uncovered DNA evidence that exonerated him. Based on the mishandling of his 1985 case by the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department, Avery launched a $36 million lawsuit against the county.
In 2005, mere weeks after officials within the department gave depositions as part of the suit, photographer Teresa Halbach was reported missing. Her last known whereabouts?
The Avery Salvage Yard—home to Steven Avery. After an extensive police search, Teresa’s vehicle was found on the Avery property along with burned bone fragments that were later positively identified as belonging to the victim.