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James Foster

7 Hours 59 Minutes

Brilliance Audio

August 2016

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After serving eighteen years for a crime he didn't commit, Steven Avery was freed-and filed a thirty-six-million-dollar lawsuit against Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. But before the suit could be settled, Avery was arrested again-this time for the brutal murder of Teresa Halbach-and, through the office of a special prosecutor, convicted once more.

When the saga exploded onto the public consciousness with the airing of Making a Murderer, Michael Griesbach, a prosecutor and member of Wisconsin's Innocence Project who had been instrumental in Avery's 2003 exoneration, was targeted on social media, threatened-and plagued by doubt. Now, in this suspenseful, thorough narrative, he recounts his own re-examination of the evidence in light of the whirlwind of controversy stirred up by the blockbuster true-crime series.

As Griesbach carefully reviews allegations of tampering and planted evidence, the confession by Avery's developmentally disabled nephew, statements by Avery's former girlfriend, previously sealed documents deemed inadmissible at trial, and a little-known theory of a plausible alternate suspect, he shows how the filmmakers' agenda, the accused man's dramatic backstory, and sensational media coverage have clouded the truth about Steven Avery.

Now as Avery's defense counsel files an appeal and prepares to do battle in the courtroom once more, Griesbach fights to set the record straight, determined that evidence should be followed where it leads and justice should be served-for as surely as our legal system should not send an innocent man to prison, neither should it let a guilty man walk free.

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  • ines jesus

    I really liked seeing another perspective and the revelation of the Netflix documentary's bias. I feel that some of his points are plausible. I would argue for people to read this book but the fact that Dassey's confession wasn't discredited in this book showed a little bias for me. The authors points were strong enough to possibly sway a person to believe on Avery's guilt without agreeing that Dasseys confession was in fact uncoerced or that of a youth with a very low IQ who could easily be manipulated. If the author would have at least shared my view in the obviousness of that false confession then he would have probably sold me on Avery's guilt even if I still feel like Manitowoc county possibly tampered with evidence to ensure his conviction as they have a history of inappropriate practices.

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