Making A Douchebag: Ken Kratz Antagonizes Steven Avery In Letter
January 25 / Tanya Ray Fox / SportsGrid
You don't need to have seen the exceptionally popular Netflix documentary Making A Murderer to know the basic premise of the film; and to know that former Calumet Country District Attorney Ken Kratz is a total asshole. It's a matter of public record that in 2010, Kratz sent sexually explicit texts to the domestic violence victim of a guy he was proscuting in an attempt to coerce her into an affair.
But the full extent of his douchebaggery was not put on full blast until the public was given a front row seat to his prosecution of Steven Avery in Making A Murderer.
Avery's story has spread like wildfire since the documentary debuted, and the short version is summed up at the very beginning of the first episode. But if you are averse to even the mildest of spoilers, stop reading now.
Avery spent eighteen years in prison in Wisconsin for a violent crime that he did not commit. After being exonerated by DNA evidence that proved who the actual perpetrator was, Avery returned to his family home and filed a wrongful conviction civil lawsuit against the Manitowoc County sheriff's department. Shortly thereafter in 2005, a woman named Teresa Halbach was brutally murdered and her remains were found on his family compound. Avery was promptly arrested as the prime suspect after an investigation that included two detectives that were deposed in connection to Avery's wrongful conviction. He has been in jail ever since, and has never stopped maintaining his innocence.
Needless to say, Avery's life has really sucked. No one knows the full truth about what happened to Teresa Halbach. All we know is that the investigation was mishandled, the physical evidence was scarce and the man they imprisoned had already served nearly two decades for something he had nothing to do with. Suffice it to say that if he is innocent of this crime, then he is one of the most tragic victims of the United States judicial system that we've ever seen. Which is why this letter from Kreepy Kratzy definitely doesn't sit well with people; specifically, Avery's lawyer.
This is the worst sales pitch for a biography ever. "Admit to this heinous crime that I helped convict you of so that I can tell your side of the story and make millions from it while you rot in the jail cell I put you in."
I'd take a hard pass on that one too.
Also, that was definitely not Avery's "ONE opportunity" to tell all the details. There isn't a writer in all of America that wouldn't want in on that book. Good ole Ken still has a lot of self-righteous outrage for a guy that's blatantly trying to profit off of someone who he believes to be a ruthless killer.
Be the first to know
Want FREE Fantasy and Betting Advice and Savings Delivered to your Inbox? Sign up for our Newsletter.