'Making a Murderer' Prosecutor Ken Kratz Demands Steven Avery Confess … So He Can Write Bestseller


Ken Kratz, the disgraced former district attorney of Calumet County who served as prosecutor against Making a Murderer's Steven Avery, apparently isn't going to rest until his name is cleared (and Avery's is firmly buried for life): Kratz is now writing a book that he says will tell "the whole story" behind Teresa Halbach's murder, and he even wrote a letter to Avery trying to force him into a publishable confession!

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Kratz stepped down from his position as DA in 2010 due to a sexting scandal in which he was accused of sexually harassing a domestic abuse victim, but he's not letting that setback keep him from trying to set the record straight (at least in his opinion) about what he says really happened to Teresa Halbach. Kratz claims that MaM filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos left important trial evidence out of their series, and he went so far as to send Avery a letter in prison this past September giving him "the opportunity to finally tell all the details" of the murder by collaborating with him on a book -- since, as Kratz wrote, he's the "only person who probably knows more about your [Avery's] case than anyone else." 

For anyone who's seen MaM, the condescending, bullying tone of the letter -- which Avery's new defense lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, recently posted to Twitter -- is perfectly in keeping with the boorish, unprofessional behavior Kratz exhibited in the show:

 

Hmmm, "bloodsucking" sounds about right. Not everyone can agree on whether or not Avery is guilty, but most viewers can agree that Kratz's tactics were suspicious at best -- and the fact that he's unwilling to let this case drop (even after a potentially wrongful conviction) just seems like further proof. If he's still trying to push Avery around and manipulate him into telling a story that suits his needs -- when Avery is already in jail -- what does that say about his prosecution style?

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He's clearly out to make a buck off this tragedy (can you imagine what a massive bestseller a book containing Steven Avery's full confession would be?!), a fact that makes him seem less honorable than ever. Even if Avery is guilty, this pursuit is not about justice, it's about fame and fortune -- inherently contrary pursuits for a supposed man of the law. 

 

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