“The truth will set me free:” Steven Avery sends letter to FOX6’s Ted Perry

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MILWAUKEE -- If you have seen the Netflix docuseries "Making A Murderer," you've undoubtedly wondered what Steven Avery thinks of it. FOX6's Ted Perry wrote to Avery in prison, where he's serving a life sentence for murder. We have now heard back from Avery.

Avery's response to FOX6 News is three pages long. The first page is written in cursive -- saying Avery will grant an interview if FOX6 News does an investigation into the Manitowoc County sheriff.

Steven Avery's letter to FOX6's Ted Perry

Steven Avery's letter to FOX6's Ted Perry

The second page is typed. Avery alternately refers to himself in both the first and third person -- addressing a recent interview his former fiancee gave to HLN.

Jodi Stachowski speaks exclusively with HLN

Jodi Stachowski speaks exclusively with HLN

"Steven`s one person I don`t trust. He`s like Dr. Jekkyl and Mr. Hyde. A nice person or semi nice person. And behind closed doors, he`s a monster," Jodi Stachowski said.

In a separate interview with TMZ, Stachowski said Avery shackled her in much the same way prosecutors say he restrained Teresa Halbach before killing her.

Stachowski told HLN she was scared of Avery.

In his letter to FOX6 News, Avery said she had no reason to be.

Steven Avery's letter to FOX6's Ted Perry

Steven Avery's letter to FOX6's Ted Perry

"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."

In the interview with HLN, Stachowski said she believes Avery killed Teresa Halbach.

Steven Avery

Steven Avery

"Yes I do -- because he threatened to kill me and my family and a friend of mine.  I was in a bath and he threatened to throw a blow dryer in there and he told me he could get away with it," Stachowski said.

To that, Avery wrote: "Why would Jodi now made accusations contrary to what she said on my 10-hour documentary unless Jodi was threatened in some way by the state of Wisconsin.

Avery ends the letter to FOX6 News writing: "I am really innocent of this case, and that is the truth. This is from Steven A. Avery. The truth will set me free."

CLICK HERE to read the entire letter from Steven Avery to FOX6's Ted Perry

NOTE: A portion of the letter from Steven Avery has been redacted because it involves an on-going custody issue.

Netflix "Making A Murderer"

Netflix "Making A Murderer"

Avery has not seen the the Netflix docuseries "Making A Murderer." There is no Netflix in prison, and Avery's request to view the series was denied.

Since the docuseries was released, Avery has obtained new legal counsel.

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.

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.

Steven Avery and Teresa Halbach

Steven Avery and Teresa Halbach

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."

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


  • Mark

    Say Ted, how about less “TABLOID” news and more real news stories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lambcock

    Actually Avery is 180 degrees off: the truth will keep him in jail. He Should wish for something other than more truth to come out; truth won’t help this guy at all. He should be saying that a really really juicy conspiracy theory will set him free. Short of that, he already sitting in his final resting place.

  • jeff q

    This documentary junk is just like the movie “JFK” by Oliver Stone I believe. Interesting story, but has absolutely nothing to do with fact or truth. This psycho and his nit wit relative tied this poor girl to a bed, raped her and beat her to death, and threw her body in a fire. The evidence is clear. Other people profiting on B S. goes on.-

    • Erik

      Oh so the fact that the body was burned in a quarry and moved twice. Why would he birth the body but her I a barrel. Burn her more and then move her directly I’m his backyard. There is no evidence in his room what’s so ever except a planted key. No blood. No rope fibers on the bed. Nothing at all I the mattress. The room would be a treasure trove of evidence if that really happened

    • Kathy

      Did you even watch the documentory? It’s the actual video of the court room testimony that proves reasonable doubt. 4 pieces of evidence that connect the murderer to the victim & not 1 of them makes sense if Avery is the killer.

    • honest dan

      If these half wits did this crime then they are where they deserve to be -but the fact is that the sheriff’s office definitely had motive to frame Avery and the dumb kid was just an added bonus conviction for the creepy prosecutor, Kratz to hang on his wall to entice “hot nymphs” (his own words).
      And Brendan’s wanna-be judge “lawyer” should be dis-barred for his conduct in his so-called defense, which did nothing but help the prosecution win their ridiculous conviction based on his “confession” and the pictures the defense investigator had him draw -as he was holding back his tears because of the ribbons at the poor victim’s church (the poor victim who’s family may never know the truth of what happened to her due to the gross negligence of the crooked sheriff’s department and prosecution.
      Back to Avery: And why was the prosecution so appalled at the accusation that the sheriff’s deputies might be out to frame him? They had sat on evidence that would have exonerated him before, after their idiotic prosecution -that send the wrong man to prison for the crime while leaving the perpetrator out to commit more violent crimes against other women. They had more motive to frame Avery than Avery had to kill Teresa Halbach!
      And then there are the weird video’s of Halbach -And I mean no disrespect to her -But she almost seemed like she was saying goodbye in the video where she was saying she had had a good life and felt loved, etc. What if she killed herself or something and she cops made it look like a murder to dispatch with Avery’s lawsuit??? We all not the cops didn’t kill her (although they had talked about killing Avery -weird) -What if there was NO murder at all? I’m probably giving these idiots much more credit than they deserve.
      And lastly there is the juries: Did they have to try hard to find such idiots -is that just a cross section of the population in northern Wisconsin? None of the main players from the area seemed to be very bright from what I saw.
      And all I know is what I saw on the Netflis series. I’m sure there is a lot more to the case that was not presented…

  • Kathy

    I thought Avery was guilty as hell. I wasn’t going to watch the series but after my son encouraged me I watched the 8th episode first and couldn’t believe how 1 sides the 2005 news coverage was on this. I don’t know who killed Teresa but there is more than enough reasonable doubt ths t Avery should have never been convicted.

  • S. Brin

    Good evening ladies and gentlemen, when I watched the Steven Avery case it is the very same experience African American families have experienced all our lives. We have been telling the world this is what we have had to endure in the American Justice System. I pray for Steven and his family. It is too much for anyone to have to endure. I pray they both get out. God bless them

  • Caira

    Everyone involved in the rape case would of owed the $35 million to Avery out of their own pocket if he won the case!! How did he from innocent man to murder??? Plus the evidence is bs!! I really dont think he did it but thats my opinion!

  • Jeri Jones

    I m pretty sure that if I were remembering the times my fiancé threatened to electrocute me and kill my friends and family, I wouldn’t be biting my lip to keep from laughing. But that’s just me….:/

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