If Steven Avery didn’t kill photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005 — a possibility we were forced to consider after watching the hit Netflix documentary Making a Murderer — then who did? Some people, including a prominent police detective, think serial killer Edward Edwards was responsible for the murder, then framed Avery.
Edwards, who died in jail on April 7, 2011, killed at least five people, if not more. His known victims are two people in Ohio in 1977, two people in Wisconsin in 1980, and another person in Ohio in 1996. Even before these murders, though, he landed himself on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list following a prison escape.
John Cameron, a retired police detective who worked on FBI serial killer task forces and whose cases have been profiled on America’s Most Wanted and Dateline NBC, thinks it was Edwards who killed Halbach 12 years ago.
The lawyer representing “Making a Murderer” subject Steven Avery has filed a motion demanding physical evidence from the murder of Teresa Halbach for further scientific testing that she claims didn’t exist during the trial.
On Friday, Kathleen Zellner hand-delivered the motion at the Manitowoc Circuit Court, a spokesperson for the Midwest Innocence Project told TheWrap. In the filing, Zellner revealed that “Mr. Avery has already completed a series of tests that will conclusively establish his innocence” and that she intends to reveal the identity of an alternate suspect once she has the test results.
Avery’s lawyers called the proposed analyses “the most comprehensive, thorough and advanced forensic testing ever requested by a criminal defendant in the State of Wisconsin.”
Netflix’s Making a Murderer follows the trials and imprisonment of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin native. Avery was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault in 1985 and spent the next 18 years in prison. Shortly after DNA evidence exonerated him, Avery became the main suspect in
Everyone who watches “Making a Murderer,” the Netflix documentary series about Wisconsin’s Steven Avery and the way local authorities prosecuted him, has been playing armchair detective.
As a result, Avery and “Making a Murderer” have become something of an obsession with those who have watched the series. If you haven’t, here’s the overview: Avery served 18 years in prison after being convicted of raping a woman. When DNA evidence resulted in Avery being freed, he sued Manitowoc County officials, asking for $36 million as a result of his wrongful conviction.
But two years after Avery was freed, and become a symbol for groups such as the Innocence Project, Avery was accused of killing a woman, photographer Teresa Halbach.
Avery was found guilty, and is serving a life sentence. Avery’s teenage cousin, Brendan Dassey, was also sent to prison after being convicted of being an accessory to Halbach’s murder.
“Making a Murderer,” a 10-part true-crime documentary from Netflix, has everyone talking. The docu-series tells the story of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man from Manitowoc County who was wrongly imprisoned for 18 years on sexual assault charges. Avery was eventually released and filed a $36 million lawsuit against Manitowoc County, as well as the sheriff and district attorney. However, shortly after he was arrested again – this time for murder.
The documentary, which was filmed over the course of 10 years, was released on the streaming site on Dec. 18. And in true Netflix fashion, many users binge watched the entire thing. It’s currently unknown if there are plans to release a second season of “Making a Murderer,” but check out 6 other true-crime TV shows if you enjoyed watching Steven Avery’s story unfold: