Viewers are still outraged over Making a Murderer, which premiered last month on Netflix. The 10-part series raised a lot of unanswered questions and delivered more than a few WTF moments.
The binge-worthy documentary, which took filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos 10 years to produce, takes an in-depth look into Steven Avery‘s 2005 murder case. The Wisconsin native was accused of killing photographer Teresa Halbach and was sentenced to life in prison.
The addictive and disturbing series also takes a closer took at the Manitowoc County police department and the justice system. Some believe that authorities framed Avery because they were embarrassed by his prior case. In 1985, Avery was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault. He served 18 years in prison, from 1985 to 2003.
Us Weekly has rounded up Making a Murderer’s craziest revelations. Check them out below:
1. Steven Avery Doesn’t Wear Underwear
Avery’s commando status was revealed during his rape case in 1985. The victim, Penny Beernsten, said that her assailant was wearing white underwear when she was attacked along a beach in Wisconsin. His post-conviction lawyer, however, claimed he doesn’t own any underwear, white or otherwise.
2. Brendan Dassey Doesn’t Know What “Inconsistent” Means
Avery’s nephew, then 16, was also put behind bars for allegedly helping his uncle kill Halbach. Dassey initially told police that he and Avery raped Halbach, slit her throat and burned her body in a fire pit. He later changed his testimony several times and claimed he was innocent. Dassey — who had a low IQ — also told his mom that he didn’t know what “inconsistent” meant. She replied: “I don’t know what inconsistent means, Brendan.”
3. Police Sketch Artist Gene Kusche Framed … His Sketch
Sketch artist Gene Kusche didn’t just show his sketch of Steven Avery during the first case in 1985. He actually framed it. He continued to believe that Avery was guilty, even though DNA evidence cleared his name of the sexual assault.
4. Halbach’s Voicemails Were Deleted
Halbach’s ex Ryan Hillegas led a group that searched for her following her disappearance. Avery’s lawyers, however, were left baffled when police never investigated or named Hillegas as a suspect — even after he admitted he was able to guess her voicemail password. It was later revealed that voicemails were deleted, but the culprit was never identified.
5. Halbach’s Key Was Found Days Later
It took days for the Manitowoc County police department to find Halbach’s car key, even though it was allegedly found right next to Avery’s shoes and out in the open.
6. The Blood Vial Had a Tiny Hole In It
Avery’s lawyers alleged that the authorities planted Avery’s blood in her car. An old vial of blood that the Manitowoc County Clerk of Courts office had appeared to have the tiniest hole on its cap.
7. Sgt. Colborn Named the License Plate Beforehand
Sgt. Colborn appeared to call in Halbach’s missing car days before it was allegedly found. In court, Colborn claimed that the department told him it was a “’99 Toyota” during a phone call. But when the defense team played the call back it was clear that Colborn said “99 Toyota” first, leading many to believe that he was standing right in front of the car at the time.
8. Halbach’s Car Was Found in Less Than 30 Minutes
Halbach’s aunt miraculously found the ’99 Toyota at the Averys’ auto salvage within an hour, even though the large property holds 4,000 vehicles.
9. Sheriff Kenneth Peterson Made a Damning Remark
Sheriff Peterson said under oath that it would have been “easier to kill” Avery than to frame him.
10. Prosecutor Ken Kratz’s Sexting Scandal
Kratz’ name was tarnished after winning the 2005 case. It was revealed in September 2010 that the district attorney had been sending raunchy texts to one of his clients. The woman was a domestic abuse victim that he was trying to help in court.
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