Making a Murderer has caused millions of viewers to question the murder conviction of Steven Avery, but the hit Netflix documentary doesn’t tell the entire story, according to Avery’s ex-fiancee.
Jodi Stachowski is featured in the early episodes of the documentary when she does the best she can to stand by her now ex-fiancee as he’s arrested and investigated for the murder of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach. Ultimately, Jodi decides to break off her engagement to Steven, though the documentary makes it seem as if Stachowski decides to end the engagement to prevent the investigators from hounding her.
But that wasn’t exactly what happened, Jodi is now saying. While talking with a producer for Nancy Grace’s show on HLN, Stachowski said that she repeatedly tried to get away from her relationship with Steven Avery. She also had opinions about his involvement in the Halbach murder.
“He’s not innocent.”
Stachowski went on to call Steven Avery “a monster” and said she was reaching out with her story now because she wanted to share the truth — especially in light of the petitions that have been raised in an effort to gain a pardon for Steven Avery. The Making a Murderer documentary on Netflix has caused millions of viewers to question whether Avery is actually guilty or if he was the victim of a framing by investigators from the police department.
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Jodi may have reached out to Nancy Grace because the television personality has been so outspoken about Steven Avery’s conviction in the past. On more than one occasion, Grace has said she believes Avery to be 100 percent guilty. Just last weekend, Grace told reporters that she knows the real-life situation to be different from the one portrayed on the Making a Murderer documentary.
“Steve Avery is guilty. He murdered Teresa Halbach. He and his nephew [Brendan Dassey] raped and murdered her. I love Making a Murderer. It’s beautifully put together, it’s just leaving out about 60 or 70 percent of the evidence. I don’t think our justice system should be on the shoulders of two film students. I remember interviewing Steve Avery while we were still looking for Teresa … My knowledge at that time and now is that he brutally murdered this girl. True, he was wrongly convicted on a previous charge, and that’s a miscarriage of justice too. But he killed Teresa Halbach.”
Teresa Halbach disappeared from Manitowoc County in Wisconsin in 2005. Shortly after her disappearance, Avery was arrested and charged with her murder. Later, it was revealed that Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey, allegedly had a part in the murder as well. Avery is said to have been the last person to see Halbach alive.
At the time of Halbach’s disappearance, Avery was well known to the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department. Previously, the then-43-year-old had served 18 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit, and at the time of the Halbach murder, Avery was embroiled in a civil lawsuit against the police department — one that could have cost the department up to $36 million. The Making a Murder documentary alleges that Avery’s civil lawsuit was the motive for his re-arrest and eventual conviction.
We may never know whether or not Steven Avery committed the Teresa Halbach murder, but his ex-fiancee Jodi Stachowski wants the public to know one thing: “The documentary is full of a bunch of lies,” she said.
Do you think Steven Avery is guilty of the murder of Teresa Halbach? Why or why not? Do you believe Jodi Stachowski when she says that Steven Avery is guilty? Why or why not?
To find out more about the evidence against Steven Avery which was reportedly left out of the Making a Murder documentary, check out the video below.
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