Ken Kratz, the prosecutor and former Calumet County, Wisconsin district attorney responsible for putting Steven Avery behind bars for the rest of his life and who was painted as a primary antagonist in the Netflix docu-series Making a Murderer, is landing big headlines this week.
Yesterday, a letter was posted on the Twitter account of Avery’s newly appointed attorney Kathleen Zellner, detailing an exchange between Kratz and Avery that showed not much has changed since the latter’s 2007 conviction – specifically, that Avery maintains his innocence and Kratz maintains his stance that Avery is still lying about Teresa Halbach’s murder.
And now, Kratz – whose involvement in the case both convicted Avery and helped convict his nephew Brendan Dassey (who is also serving a life sentence, but is eligible for parole in 2048) – tells multiple sources he’s writing a book that will supposedly include evidence Making a Murderer left out.
According to ABC’s Action-2 News, Kratz claims evidence was left out of the series because filmmakers told the participants they had to meet their specific demands for the project to come to fruition. Of the book itself, Kratz told Action-2 News that he was writing it “because the one voice forgotten to this point is Teresa Halbach,” and that he is “finally grateful to tell the whole story.”
Considering the contents of Kratz’s recent letter to Avery, we wonder who Kratz (who was in hot water in recent years due to a sexting scandal between himself and a former legal client) will be able to contact for information to put in his book. If how the events unfold in Making a Murderer is any indication, he may have a difficult time getting information from anyone in the Avery or Dassey families. But some key people from these cases could come forward, such as Avery’s ex-fiancée Jodi Stachowski, as well as members of Teresa Halbach’s family who also felt the series left out integral information.
“You don’t want to muddy up a perfectly good conspiracy movie with what actually happened and certainly not provide the audience with the evidence the jury considered to reject that claim,” Kratz wrote in an e-mail to PEOPLE this past December.
Only time will tell whether the book will shine any substantial new light on the cases of Avery and Dassey, so for now we’ll sit back and wait for more news about its publication. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Avery’s former attorney Dean Strang will write one, too (we’ll read both, not gonna lie).
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