Monday 23 April 2018

Making a Murderer prosecutor Ken Kratz writing a book to remember forgotten 'Teresa Halbach'

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
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Making a Murderer prosecutor Ken Kratz has revealed he is writing a book.

Kratz is the former Calumnet County District Attorney who prosecuted Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. 

They were both convicted and are currently serving life sentences, Avery without the chance of parole and Dassey eligible for parole in 2048 when he's 59 years old.

Avery had previously been convicted in 1985 for the rape of a woman based on evidence provided by Manitowoc County police and served 18 years before he was exonerated on the strength of DNA evidence which revealed another man had committed the crime. 

He had filed a lawsuit for €36 million against Manitowoc County for wrongful conviction before he was arrested by officers for the murder of Halbach, whose remains were found on his property.

Kratz, who now works in private practice having resigned in 2010 after he was accused of sexual harrassment, told WBAY in the US that he is writing a book to remember Teresa Halbach.

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

However, Avery's current lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, has responded to the news that Kratz will write a book with a tweet labelling him a "bloosucking vampire" and including a letter which Kratz allegedly sent to Avery in September.

Kratz had wanted Avery to tell him the 'truth' so that he could write a book about it and in the letter he berates Avery for not "being honest about what happened and finally telling the whole story to someone."

He added, "By the way, the difference between you and famous convicted murderers from the past is they told their whole truthful story to someone, who then wrote a book about what avtually happened and people go tot 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 Halback, I am not intersted.

"If you change your mind and want to tell your honest story someday, please contact me."

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