‘Making a Murderer’ prosecutor tried to get book out of Steven Avery

Calumet County Distrist Attorney Ken Kratz give his closing argument while a photo of Teresa Halbach's car is displayed on a courtroom screen Wednesday, March 14, 2007, during Steven Avery's trial at the Calumet County Courthouse in Chilton, Wis. Avery is accused, along with his 17-year-old nephew, of killing Teresa Halbach, 25, after she went to the family's rural salvage lot to photograph a minivan they had for sale. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)

Manitowoc, WI (WBAY) Steven Avery’s attorney Kathleen Zellner released a letter Avery’s prosecutor Ken Kratz sent to Avery at Waupun Correctional Institution last year, which hints at Kratz’s interest in writing a book about the case.

The letter was dated September 6, 2015, months before Netflix announced it picked up a 10-hour documentary about Avery’s case in Manitowoc County.

The series “Making a Murderer” has since become a national sensation.

Ken Kratz letter - WBAY
Ken Kratz letter – WBAY

Dear Mr. Avery:

I got your letter dated August 28, 2015, wherein you tell me that your visitor list is full, and ask if I checked out other fingerprints found on Teresa Halbach’s car, telling me that these people could have “set you up” for this.

I apologize for misunderstanding your letters from a couple years ago, as I thought you were interested in being honest about what happened and finally telling the whole story to someone. Since I’m the person who probably knows more about your case than anyone else, I hoped that you would choose me to tell your story to.

Unfortunately, you only want to continue your nonsense about being set up. That’s too bad, because you had ONE opportunity to finally tell all the details, but now that will never happen.

By the way, the difference between you and famous convicted murderers from the past is they told their whole truthful story to someone, who then wrote a book about what actually happened and people got to understand both sides. I was willing to do that for you…but if you are going to continue to lie about what happened between you and Ms. Halbach, I am not interested.

If you change your mind, and you want to tell your honest story someday, please contact me.

Sincerely yours,

Kenneth R. Kratz
Attorney & Counselor of Law

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