Netflix’s Making a Murderer brought Steven Avery’s case to the forefront and now, another docu-series, Reelzchannel’s Murder Made Me Famous, is claiming that the popular true-crime series left out major details regarding Avery’s case.
Avery, now 54, was falsely imprisoned for sexual assault and later exonerated after 18 years in prison. After his release, he was subsequently charged for the murder of Teresa Halbach.
In Making a Murderer, which Netflix is bringing back for more episodes, the key to Halbach’s car was found on the floor of Avery’s bedroom in plain sight during the sixth search, containing Avery’s DNA but none of Halbach’s DNA. The question was raised that Manitowoc police may have been attempting to plant evidence to frame Avery.
On Murder Made Me Famous, however, Manitowoc County Assistant District Attorney Michael Griesbach noted that the Netflix series failed to mention that Manitowoc P.D.’s James Lenk and Andrew Colburntestified “that when they were in there searching Colburn had put back some pornography magazines basically into the bookcase and he was doing it kind of roughly -- throwing it in there -- when the backing of the bookcase apparently came out of the rear of a particle board.”
“Steven Avery had tucked the key behind in between the particle board and the bookcase and that’s when it fell out,” Griesbach continued. “That explanation was never even shown on Making a Murderer.”