Tuesday 28 March 2017

Making A Murderer: Steven Avery's ex brands him a 'monster' and says 'he's guilty'

Making A Murderer: Jodi Stachowski and ex-fiance Steven Avery. Credit: Netflix
Making A Murderer: Jodi Stachowski and ex-fiance Steven Avery. Credit: Netflix

Sasha Brady

Jodi Stachowski, the ex-fiance of Making A Murderer's Steven Avery has said 'he's guilty' of Teresa Halbach's murder and alleged that he was violent and abusive throughout their relationship.

Stachowski appeared on American legal commentarty show Nancy Grace on Wednesday night to speak about her ex, branding him a "monster" who used to "beat her all the time".

“He told me once, all b*tches owe him, because the one that sent him to prison the first time,” she says, referring to Avery’s wrongful conviction for sexual assault in 1985.

“We all owed him. And he could do whatever he wanted”

The Netflix series cast doubt on Avery's conviction (AP)
The Netflix series cast doubt on Avery's conviction (AP)

“Steven’s the one person I can’t trust,” she added. “He’s a monster.”

Stachowski, who also appeared in Making A Murderer, said that she didn't want to be in the Netflix documentary but Avery convinced her to take part in it.

“Steven called me and told me that if I didn’t say anything good and nice about him, I’d pay,” she said. “He’d beat me.”

The Wisconsin woman also claimed that she believes Avery is guilty because "he threatened to kill me and my family and a friend of mine".

Compelling viewing: Stephen Avery today (right) with one of his legal team
Compelling viewing: Stephen Avery today (right) with one of his legal team

In the documentary, Stachowski appeared to be supportive of Avery but she claimed it was "just an act".

“He told me how to act,” she said. “Smile, be happy. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to get hurt.”

His ex-fiance also alleged that Avery tried to kill her.

"He choked me one night. Well, actually, he started hitting me, so I called the police. So he choked me and was dragging me out the door so we could leave before the police got there and we were driving down the road.

Ken Kratz, who acted as prosecutor in the trials of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey
Ken Kratz, who acted as prosecutor in the trials of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey

"The police that were on the way pulled over and they took me out of the car and asked me what was going on. They arrested him and ordered him to stay away from me for three days."

Stachowski goes on to say that she intentionally poisoned herself to get away from Avery: “I ate two boxes of rat poison just so I could go to the hospital and get away from him, and ask them to get the police to help me,” she says.

She also spoke of an incident in which Avery allegedly threatened to throw a blow dryer in the bathtub while she was taking a bath.

During the interview Stachowski likened her former partner to Dr Jekyl/Mr Hyde saying that he was a different person behind closed doors.

Stachowski and Avery were engaged when Avery was arrested on suspicion of killing Halbach in 2005. They broke up before his 2007 conviction.

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