Steven Avery’s mother took to the radio airwaves to make a bold statement Wednesday morning. While speaking with WAAF radio in Boston, Delores Avery said she thinks that Teresa Halbach could still be alive.
“I don’t think she’s even dead. I don’t think so.”
Delores Avery’s son, Steven Avery, was convicted in 2006 of murdering 25-year-old Halbach. The case, which was controversial at the time of Steven’s conviction, has gained traction in the media once again since the release of the 10-part Netflix documentary titled Making a Murderer. The documentary, which was filmed throughout the better part of a decade, follows the Avery case and raises a big question: Was Steven Avery framed?
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The Avery family believes Steven Avery was framed for one simple reason: money. Before Avery was charged with the murder of Teresa Halbach, he was erroneously convicted of raping a woman — a crime for which he spent 18 years in prison. DNA evidence exonerated Avery of the crime, and at the time of Teresa Halbach’s disappearance, Steven Avery had filed a civil lawsuit against the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department which potentially would have been worth $36 million for Avery.
The Making a Murder documentary puts for the theory that the police department framed Avery for the crime in an effort to avoid paying the large sum of money, and the Avery family agrees.
It’s a theory that has recently gained widespread popularity online as the documentary continues to pull in viewers on Netflix. For example, an online petition to pardon Steven Avery recently garnered more than 120,000 signatures, and at least one celebrity has even called on President Barack Obama to pardon Avery. (The White House later responded to the call to action, saying that the pardon is out of Obama’s jurisdiction. Find out more in the video below. Article continues after the video.)
There’s no denying that Making a Murderer has brought some of the issues of the Avery case back into the limelight, and the Avery family has tried to do what they can to take advantage of the documentary’s popularity. While speaking with the Boston station on Wednesday, Steven Avery’s mother begged the real killer to come forward while simultaneously denying that Halbach was actually dead.
During the interview, the radio host reminded Delores Avery that Halbach’s bones had been found, to which Delores responded, “How do you know if them were her bones?”
Forensic and DNA testing at the time of the trial confirmed that the bones were, in fact, Teresa Halbach’s, and investigators allege that they were found in a fire pit behind the home of the 43-year-old Steven Avery. Avery’s mother says the bones were planted.
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While Avery’s family is maintaining his innocence, his ex-fiancée is saying just the opposite. On Wednesday, Jodi Stachowski said during an interview on the Nancy Grace show that Avery “is not innocent.” During the same interview, Stachowski also called Steve Avery “a monster” and said that she was sharing the truth now so that he would not be granted a pardon. (Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has said he will not pardon Avery.)
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Find out more about the recent craze for documentaries like Making a Murderer in the video below.
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