Ken Kratz says he’s writing a book “because the one voice forgotten to this point is Teresa Halbach”

Amid a global fascination with the Netflix docuseries “Making A Murderer,”  the man who prosecuted Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey says he’s writing a book.

Netflix "Making A Murderer"

Netflix “Making A Murderer”

Ken Kratz, the former Calumet County District Attorney, told WBAY he is writing the book “because the one voice forgotten to this point is Teresa Halbach.”

Ken Kratz, former Calumet County district attorney

Ken Kratz, former Calumet County district attorney

Steven Avery is serving a life sentence, along with his nephew, Brendan Dassey, for the murder of young photographer Teresa Halbach.

Avery was convicted in 1985 in the rape of jogger Penny Beerntsen on a beach near her home in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. After serving 18 years in prison he was exonerated based on DNA evidence connecting the attack to another man.

Avery was released in 2003 and filed a lawsuit against Manitowoc County for wrongful conviction and imprisonment.

Steven Avery and Teresa Halbach

Steven Avery and Teresa Halbach

Two years later, he was arrested in the death of Halbach, a young photographer whose charred remains were found on his family’s auto salvage yard.

This case gained national attention following the release of the Netflix docuseries on December 18th.

Kratz has accused the creators of the docuseries, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos of cherry-picking the evidence to include in the docuseries to cast it in a light favorable to Avery. He has also said the filmmakers did not ask him to be a part of the docuseries.

The creators deny both of those claims.

Kratz was the special prosecutor in the trials for Avery and Dassey.

Brendan Dassey

Brendan Dassey

Kratz told WBAY since the docuseries’ release, he has felt an obligation to speak up for Teresa Halbach and her family.

“Finally grateful to tell the whole story,” Kratz said.

The docuseries has sparked backlash against the prosecution, and the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department over the handling of the investigation into the 2005 murder of Halbach.

Halbach’s remains were found in a burn pit on the Avery property in Manitowoc County. The freelance photographer for Auto Trader magazine had visited the Avery Salvage Yard to photograph a vehicle for a magazine on the day she was last seen.

Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were later arrested and convicted of Halbach’s murder. They’re serving life sentences.  Dassey has a chance for parole in 2048.

The docuseries shows how prosecutors laid out their case: Halbach’s Toyota RAV4 (which had blood in it, including Avery’s) was found on the Avery family’s lot. Avery’s DNA was found on the hood of the vehicle. Tissue and bone fragments that matched Halbach’s DNA profile were found outside Avery’s mobile home. Avery’s then-16-year-old nephew, Brendan Dassey, confessed to authorities that he had assisted his uncle in raping and killing her. Avery was accused of burning Halbach’s body after she was killed.

The docuseries shows how the defense made the case that officers investigating Avery had a conflict of interest and stayed involved after they were ordered to hand over the investigation to a neighboring county. When key pieces of evidence were found by Manitowoc County officers involved in Avery’s first case, the defense implied the evidence could have been planted. The defense suggested Avery was framed for the murder of Teresa Halbach amid the pending multi-million lawsuit he filed against Manitowoc County following his exoneration.

Kratz has defended the prosecution of Avery and Dassey — saying the evidence presented at trial secured the convictions, including a bullet found in Avery’s garage with Halbach’s DNA on it.

“I believe there to be 80% to 90% of the physical evidence, the forensic evidence, that ties Steven Avery to this murder never to have been presented in this documentary,” Kratz recently told WLUK.

“Juries are not to search for doubt. They are to search for the truth. Their role here was to decide if this man — in that case, the Steven Avery trial, was guilty of taking the life of this young woman. Their role was not to decide if evidence was planted. There were eight or 10 things that were the centerpiece of my closing argument as to why this framing defense was nonsense. These filmmakers now say ‘well, you know, we gave — you know, kind of after the fact, we gave Ken an opportunity to be interviewed in the case’ — well that’s not the answer. Why didn’t you put in the evidence that was inconsistent with Mr. Avery’s ‘planting defense?’ Because of course, the answer is, it doesn’t support the narrative. It doesn’t support their conclusion. This is a one-sided advocacy piece. It was intended as such. It was made by and for a defense team for Steven Avery. Anytime you edit 18 months’ worth of information and only include the statements or pieces that support your particular conclusion, that conclusion should be reached,” Kratz recently told TMZ.

In a recent Twitter Q&A session, the creators said this docuseries wasn’t about whether Steven Avery is guilty or innocent — but rather, that it was created to inspire a dialogue about our nation’s criminal justice system.

As for Kratz, you may recall, his law license was suspended after he was accused of rampant sexual harassment.

Kratz testified in a state Office of Lawyer Regulation hearing in 2012 that his sexual compulsions didn’t affect his professional life until 2009, when prescription drugs lowered his inhibitions and he tried to spark an affair with a domestic abuse victim through a barrage of text messages.

Kratz resigned in 2010 after The Associated Press reported the texts.

Kratz, who now owns a private practice, will be represented by David Vigliano in New York City for his book. He says he will remain in private practice and take care of his existing clients.

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As for Steven Avery, he has obtained new legal counsel, and has filed an appeal of his murder conviction.

Avery on January 7th signed and filed an appeal in the case on his own behalf, and that appeal was received by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals on January 11th.

Avery said he wants to be released from prison while the Wisconsin Court of Appeals considers his latest challenge to his 2007 murder conviction.

The state has opposed Avery’s motion for release.  Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Thomas Fallon has issued a letter to Sheboygan County Circuit Judge Angela Sutkiewicz that says in part, “substantial reasons exist for this court to deny Avery’s motion.”

Chicago lawyer Kathleen Zellner on January 8th announced she is teaming up with the Midwest Innocence Project. The Law Firm of Kathleen T. Zellner and Associates has assumed representation of Avery in all of his pending criminal matters.

She has been posting about the case on Twitter. In fact, Zellner on Sunday, January 24th tweeted a letter from Ken Kratz to Steven Avery, indicating that Kratz was willing to write a book for Avery, but that he is no longer interested because Avery “continues to lie about what happened to Halbach:”

Steven Avery has not seen the Netflix docuseries. There is no Netflix in prison, and Avery’s request to view the series was denied.

Avery late last week sent a letter to FOX6’s Ted Perry, in which he reacted to the recent comments made by his ex-fiancee, Jodi Stachowski, who was portrayed in the docuseries as a loving and supportive fiancee, but who now calls Avery a monster, and says he once tried to kill her.

“Threats against her and her family are totally untrue. Jodi must have been pressured by the state to change her story,” Avery wrote. “She would never have said anything bad about me, due to the fact that she wanted to marry me.”

CLICK HERE for more on Avery’s letter to Ted Perry.

As for Brendan Dassey, late last week it was announced he was quietly moved from Green Bay Correctional facility to Columbia County Correctional.

Can’t get enough of the Steven Avery story? Check out the Avery Archive at FOX6Now.com.

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26 comments

  • Lick balls Now

    Hey friends, try to remember, everything you are hearing or reading is coming out of the USA — which means there is a 100% spin on every story. Avery having a new lawyer is just another way of saying the latest attention-whore has walked onto the scene. In the USA, if you have money, you can control public opinion, and that is all that is going on here. Avery spent his money on lawyers who were good at shaping public opinion, they proved futile in the courtroom. After all, “I was framed by the cops” is just another way of saying “I have no defense.” Trust me, American cops are generally lazy and stupid, that is why they opt for extreme violence, or outright murder. Planting evidence and then covering your tracks is far too complex and requires too much effort (that stuff happens only in the movies, which is what this documentary is). I have several family members who are cops, and I’ve seen first hand how the police force screens out all potential applicants so that only those with lazy, dim personalities get the job. This phenomena coupled with the fact that the average American has the thinking capacity of a Disneyland movie, produces a conspiracy that Americans will swallow eagerly. Americans believe what they are told to believe. Sadly, it is that simple.

    • Fred

      I think you spend too much time in your parents basement sniffing paint, watching bad TV and playing with yourself…video games. Get out of the basement and engage other living people in the world. Try to actually experience real life so you have something tangible to reference when trying to generate a thought.

    • jg

      I don’t imagine the police in Manitowoc were lazy when there was a 36 million dollar lawsuit award looming on the horizon. MR. Kratz: Go ahead and publish your sordid piece of exploitative trash—but we know what you are and we know what you did. Shame on you.

      • Unreal!

        Thinking the only way he might actually sell a copy of his book will be if it’s Titled “How I Got Away With Being a Sexual Predator” – then maybe other sexual predators will purchase it!

  • ld

    Ken “The Prize” Kratz is such a slimeball. Yes Im so sure he is writing a book because he care so deeply about female victims (he was sexually harassing an abuse victim client of his.) No, this is just a way for him to make money. Thank god at least it is written word so we wont have to hear his creepy effeminate voice though. Nobody forgot Teresa – the point is that people are in conflict about who did it. I personally think Avery is guilty, but that the police planted evidence to ensure his conviction, and that Brendan is innocent.

    • Mandrew Garfielf (@IamGarfieldNow)

      I wonder how many people were murdered by the real murderer after the fact. I wonder if it was Andrew Colborn. He found the RAV-4 and called in the plates before it was found. My theory is he saw it in the sherriffs impound lot. He felt confused and called it in just to make sure, because it would not make sense the car was there or perhaps it was a mistake and they unwittingly towed the victims car to the lot. He makes the call realizes that it’s hers and then the wheels start spinning. He might start to put two and two together and then speaks to Lenk, who he collaborated with on the previous wrongful prosecution with Avery and the recent deposition he made.

      So, did Lenk kill her?, did he find her car on the side of the road? because what we do know is this story the prosecution and police fabricated is not the truth and I still have not ruled out Avery being the killer of Halbach, it’s just the evidence points to the police tampering with and planting evidence to ensure conviction.

  • Lek Domni

    Ken Kratz is the one who forgot about Teresa Haibach and her family when he knowingly and maliciously prosecuted the wrong person thereby allowing to the real killer to get away with this murder. Ken Kratz, along with the others who conspired along with him in both the Avery and Dassey cases – are the one who should be in jail. I feel for the Haibach family who has been bamboozled by these clowns.

  • Fred

    Yea, like Ken Kratz is a source of honesty, integrity and truth. Isn’t he the slimeball predator who stalked and propositioned women who were already battered by other slimeball men? THE ANSWER IS “YES”!!!!!
    This loser should be in jail along side anyone he ever prosecuted…..and again I ask whey he is still allowed to operate a private law practice?

  • Anthony

    I don’t think he did it. Its funny too b/c I was listening to several POD casts out of Wisconsin to get the feel for the local news. Man…completely bias! The locals all appear to believe he is guilty without any question. I think the radio stations and media are only filtering people who think he is guilty and allowing them to speak on their shows. At least an hour and a half went by and I don’t think one person spoke about him being possibly innocent. I find that highly unlikely.

  • amerciaFAILED

    Sorry dude, you’re a sexual predator. No one cares about your book. Or you. In fact, every case you’ve ever made against anyone you’ve ever prosecuted is suspect and should be thrown out since you have no credibility. No one who is this disgusting and vile should ever be taken seriously – especially when they are pretending to care about a young woman. Teresa Halbach would be in far more danger around this creep than Steven or Brendan.

    • Unreal!

      You NAILED IT AM!!! Just makes NO SENSE why this scum ball is still on the street – I just dont get it.. They tricked and conned Dassey into saying exactly what they wanted him to say, promising they would “have his back” in the process. Then when he gives them the confession that they have formatted and signs the “I AM SORRY” part of it they lock the kid up..
      Kratz on the other hand, after getting found out, confesses to his crimes (which, the more of those crimes that come out the clearer it becomes how deeply sick mentally and sexually he is) and says he is sorry and they let him walk.. Makes NO sense!!

  • Unreal!

    Now let me get this right..
    A man that is wrongfully convicted of rape spends 18 years locked up proclaiming his innocence all along, gets exonorated after DNA is found proving his innocence. Then it comes out that folks within law enforcement who had locked him up had received info 8 years before his release from outside Law Enforcement that they FOR SURE had the wrong man but they did nothing about it (***criminal obstruction of justice) until AFTER the wrongfully committed man is released 8 years later (***created a false legal document) and THEN they confess to it under oath after lieing about it (***perjury). Shortly after filing a 36 million dollar lawsuit for wrongful imprisonment by the Law Enforcement who had committed obstruction of justice and wrongful imprisonment would have had to pay the 36mil because their insurance companies smelled something dirty? Then a murdered young ladies body is found with “questionable” circumstantial evidence pointing back to this man who was in the process of trying to reclaim his life and he is locked back up and pleading innocent again. The DA (Ken Kratz) is able to convince a Jury who has had access to all the history surrounding the well publizised case (no possibility of bias here) at the man’s trial. Shortly there after that same DA (Ken Kratz) is exposed for and then CONFESSES TO taking advantage of at least 6 (he has only confessed to the ones who have come forward to this point) and committing multiple crimes (***solicitation for sex, ***abuse of power, ***drug abuse)? and has to be forced out of his position as DA by the Governor because he thinks saying “I am sorry” is good enough? A massive petition is then circulated, successfully completed and then turned into our President for consideration of a retrial, President Obama declines stating the Federal Gov cant touch it because it is a State’s matter BUT, during the trial DA Kratz was able to call in the Federal Gov (FBI) to protect himself and the other Law Enforcement folks?
    And I haven’t even touched on the mistreatment that the courts allowed to take place with the child (Dassey) involved in all this – Lord help us as a society – what a screwed up MESS!!
    For the life of me I still dont understand how all the people who openly committed to and confessed to the horrible crimes they have committed (especially Kratz – that one is BAD NEWS and should not be walking the streets!!) are not locked up.. Makes no sense… I have been searching and searching for the Petition to sign that demands an immediate lock up of Kratz for the crimes he has CONFESSED TO and an investigation into his past to find out just how deep the rabbit hole of criminal activity is under this scum..

    • Shaz Gaknar

      People in authority get away with crap for some reason. Even after Avery’s exoneration the state decided that no one involved in that had a case to answer which is why Avery decided to sue. It’s all BS. They a)close ranks to cover their asses and b)even if misconduct is revealed they don’t get held accountable so why wouldn’t they pull this crap over and over again.

  • Mike Green

    as a bookstore professional i can only say that i hope no publisher picks it up. it wont sell, Kratz is a reprehensible, unethical lout who should be disbarred. that being the case, as a bookstoe professional, i can only say that no doubt some bottom feeding publisher WILL buy it, because media and publictiy beats logic and values. after all, Regan books tried to publish O.J. Simpson’s “If I Did It”. I only hope that is Kratz does find a publisher all the women he sexually harassed while purporting to be their protector sue him for the proceeds.

  • JudyW.

    Of Course this PIG would be the first at the trough ready to cash in any way it can Seriously who would even want to touch a copy of that LYING Pig’s book much less waste good money on it? Take that money and give it to a Homeless person or donate it to a worthy cause. This Disgrace has been ignored by any and all reputable reporters for a solid reason. The only person I’ve yet to see interview him is a Comedian who used her Coy to make a bigger Laugh out of him yet he seemed clueless. But that is his problem, a desperate liar wanting someone to give him a voice. Oh, let’s not forget Nancy Disgrace who is also a Dishonored and defiled Prosecutor who was shamed and reprimanded by the High Courts for Misconduct and who is also a known and proved Liar to sell books. Don’t forget KRATZ’S pathetic correspondence to his victim. Even Teresa’s Mom is no longer convinced of Avery’s guilt. Don’t Feed this snake another morsel. At the least, remember Kratz’s own criminal misconduct with vulnerable and abused women who he loved to use his money and position to lure them into his sick web. I don’t know of a word low enough to describe this piece of Criminal Trash. Just REPULSIVE. Good Luck finding a Publisher Kratz. I don’t think there’s one who would risk their reputation on You.

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