Ken Kratz’s career in law reached new heights following the successful conviction of Steven Avery. Yet his sexting scandal and appearance on Making a Murderer has disgraced the former district attorney. While the documentary revealed the true nature behind Kratz’s sexting scandal, a deeper look at the texts reveals a more disturbing story.
According to Radar Online, a 26-year-old woman, identified by the initials S.V., accused Kratz of sending her inappropriate text messages. The messages were allegedly sent in 2009 while Kratz was prosecuting the young woman’s boyfriend for domestic abuse.
While Kratz’s text messages started off fairly tame, things quickly took a turn for the worse after the woman refused to give in to his advances.
“I know this is wrong. I am such an honest guy, and straight shooter… but I have to know more about you,” Kratz texted. “Are you the kind of girl that likes secret contact with an older married elected DA… the riskier the better?”
After the victimized woman refused to play along with Kratz’s sick game, the attorney continued to harass her.
“I’m the atty. I have the $350,000 house. I have the 6-figure career. You may be the tall, young, hot nymph, but I am the prize!” he told her.
Kratz went on to tell her that their affair would last the entirety of her boyfriend’s trial. This is particularly disturbing given S.V.’s past history with domestic abuse.
Kratz settled the lawsuit in early 2013 after he had resigned as district attorney. However, the sexting scandal was only the beginning of Kratz’s perilous journey. In the recent Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, the film depicted Kratz as a villain who led the wrongful legal assault against Steven Avery.
In an interview with Maxim, Kratz discussed his thoughts on the documentary. In addition to admitting that the series was well done, Kratz stated that the show intentionally left out key evidence presented in the case.
“I understand that my demeanor may have been very brash, even overconfident… there was bit more bravado that I usually have, but this case kind of required that,” Kratz told the magazine. “They don’t even tell you 80 percent of the evidence that the jury saw. They purposely kept all of that evidence that I showed the jury that absolutely discounted this evidence-planting theory.”
Kratz went on to talk about some of the key evidence missing from Making a Murderer. This included DNA evidence found on the hood of Teresa Halbach’s car and Halbach’s personal possessions that were found close to Avery’s home. Kratz believes this evidence would have given audiences a different perspective on the case.
Meanwhile, Kratz also spoke with TMZ and explained how there is a possibility that a judge could grant Avery a new trial.
“If there is evidence that is developed or if the science progresses and that calls into question anything that happened — either by way of DNA or any other kind of forensic evidence, Steven Avery will be entitled to a new trial,” he stated.
Although Kratz left open the possibility for a new trial, Avery’s former defense lawyer, Dean Strang, was less optimistic. In fact, Strang recently told the Cap Times that Avery’s chances for second trial were very “slim.”
Avery and Brendan Dassey are currently serving their life sentences in prison. Avery has no option for parole.
Following the popularity of the documentary series, several petitions have been created online in the hope of pardoning Avery and Dassey for the murder of Halbach. So far, over 200,000 signatures have been collected.
Making a Murderer is currently streaming online on Netflix.
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