Steven Avery: THE MISS­ING SE­CRET FILES

You won’t see this on the Net­flix hit: In Touch has un­earthed bomb­shell doc­u­ments about Mak­ing a Mur­derer’s con­victed killer

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Steven was framed Avery has for long the 2005 pro­claimed rape and he mur­der of 25-year-old pho­tog­ra­pher Teresa Hal­bach. “When you know you’re in­no­cent, you keep on go­ing,” he said in Part 1 of Net­flix’s hit 2015 true­crime doc­u­men­tary Mak­ing a Mur­derer, which chron­i­cled his ar­rest, con­vic­tion and sen­tenc­ing to life in prison for the crime. The Wis­con­sin sal­vage yard worker in­sisted po­lice pinned the crime on him and his nephew, Bren­dan Dassey, in re­tal­i­a­tion for a $36 mil­lion law­suit he filed against Man­i­towoc County stem­ming from his wrong­ful 1985 con­vic­tion and 18-year prison sen­tence for rap­ing an­other woman. The series was such a sen­sa­tion, it spawned a se­quel, which Net­flix re­leased last month, about the con­tin­ued at­tempts by the self-pro­claimed “de­cent guy” to clear his name and win his re­lease. But view­ers haven’t got­ten the full story. Ac­cord­ing to le­gal doc­u­ments ex­clu­sively ob­tained by In Touch, the 56-year-old father of four wrote men­ac­ing let­ters to his ex-wife and was ac­cused of as­sault by more than one woman. “Mak­ing a Mur­derer por­trays Steven as be­ing this lov­able, very docile per­son,” says for­mer Man­i­towoc County spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor Ken Kratz — who ver­i­fied to In Touch the

doc­u­ments guy er in­tro­duced is sadis­tic.” are as But le­git­i­mate. ev­i­dence the al­le­ga­tions in “In Avery’s re­al­ity, were trial nev- this be­cause a judge ruled them in­ad­mis­si­ble. “Be­ing ac­cused of a sex­ual as­sault is mean­ing­less in terms of pro­vid­ing ev­i­dence against Steven Avery in his mur­der con­vic­tion,” Avery’s lawyer, Kath­leen Zell­ner, tells In Touch in a state­ment. “Mr. Kratz un­suc­cess­fully at­tempted to in­ter­ject these two ac­cu­sa­tions into [the] trial. The trial court is­sued an opin­ion... that they, along with other al­le­ga­tions, had ‘zero pro­ba­tive value.’”

HIS­TORY OF VI­O­LENCE

Ac­cord­ing friend al­leges to a that 2006 Avery po­lice forced re­port, him­self a fam­ily on her in the early 1980s, when she was liv­ing with him and his then-wife, Lori Mathiesen. “Steven put his hand over [redacted’s] mouth and told her that if you yell or scream there is go­ing to be trou­ble,” ac­cord­ing to the pa­pers. Fol­low­ing his 1985 rape con­vic­tion, Avery also threat­ened to kill his wife from be­hind bars, ac­cord­ing to let­ters she gave to cops. (“I mit­ted, equally vin­ci­ble” Upon wrote hate­ful his but and some re­lease ac­cused “bragged” things.) bad in let­ters,” 2003, Mathiesen about Avery Avery the of acted money has writ­ing “in- ad- he would ing to get a 2006 from in­ter­view his law­suit con­ducted — that’s ac­cord- by the Calumet County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment with a teenage rel­a­tive, who claimed he forced her to have sex. “I told him to stop be­cause… he was just in prison for that,” the young woman told an in­ves­ti­ga­tor. “He just laughed.” Pros­e­cu­tors be­lieved these ac­tions in­di­cated “an es­ca­lat­ing pat­tern of abuse,” ac­cord­ing to a 2006 mo­tion. But the court didn’t find enough cause for his pre­vi­ous be­hav­ior to be rel­e­vant in the Hal­bach trial. He was found guilty any­way. Zell­ner says, “We’re in the process of ap­peal­ing [ his con­vic­tion] to the ap­pel­late court. We file our brief on Dec. 20.” But Kratz doesn’t be­lieve Avery’s con­vic­tion will ever be over­turned, telling In Touch, “When ev­ery one of the women he’s been in a re­la­tion­ship with feels lucky to be alive, that should tell you some­thing about this man’s char­ac­ter.”

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