If you’re one of the millions of Netflix viewers who watched the 10-hour documentary Making a Murderer, you probably don’t have a very high opinion of special prosecutor Ken Kratz. He was the man primarily responsible for putting Steven Avery in jail for a murder that he may or may not have actually committed. The series portrayed him as especially sleazy, even focusing on accusations of sexual harassment when he sent inappropriate text messages to a victim of domestic abuse from a case that he was handling.
Kratz resigned his position in 2010 and settled out of court with the sexual harassment accuser. In 2014, Kratz’s law license was suspended when he admitted to abusing prescription drugs and seeking treatment for sexual addiction and narcissistic personality disorder.
Now, Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner is taking Kratz to task over a letter he sent to the imprisoned Netflix star.
Posted to Zellner’s Twitter account on the weekend, the letter seems to scolding Avery for not “telling the truth” so that Kratz could write a tell-all book about the case. The letter was written before Making a Murderer became a huge pop culture sensation, so Kratz surely wouldn’t have figured it would ever be displayed to the public.
— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) January 24, 2016
Here’s the full transcript:
Dear Mr Avery:
I got your letter dated August 28 2015, wherein you tell me your visitor list is full, and ask if I checked out other fingerprints found on Teresa Halbach’s car, telling me that these people could have “set you up” for this.
I apologise for misunderstanding your letters from a couple years ago, as I thought you were interested in being honest about what happened and finally telling the whole story to someone. Since I’m the person who probably knows more about your case that anyone else, I hoped that you would chose me to tell your story to.
Unfortunately, you only want to continue your nonsense about being set you. That’s too bad, because you had ONE opportunity to finally tell all the details, but now that will never happen.
By the way, the difference between you and famous convicted murderers from the past is that they told their whole truthful story to someone, who then wrote a book about what actually happened and people got to understand both sides. I was willing to do that for you… but if you are going to continue to lie about what happened between you and Ms Halbach, I am not interested.
If you change your mind, and want to tell your story someday, please contact me.
Kenneth R Kratz
If you already believe that Avery is innocent of the murder of Teresa Halbach, then this letter is probably just another example of shady behavior from local law enforcement. However, if you have your doubts about Avery’s innocence, perhaps you would be interested in these interesting facts, conveniently left out of the Making a Murderer footage.