Steven Avery "Begged" Prosecutor Ken Kratz for Help, Claimed They Could "Get Money Together"

February 21, 2017
By: Catherine Townsend
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Ken Kratz

Steven Avery begged Ken Kratz, the special prosecutor who headed his investigation and trial, to represent him in an appeal, according to a letter that Kratz claims Avery wrote him from prison.

In the letter, which was shown exclusively to, Avery attempts to convince Kratz that he and the prosecutor could “get money together” if they worked on his appeal. Click here to read the letter.

“You don’t work for the State no more so why don’t you take my appeal?” Avery wrote to Kratz, who many Making a Murderer viewers believe was responsible for Avery’s wrongful conviction.

“You know the case and you got Candy Avery. See we can all get money together,” Avery wrote.

Steven Avery [Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department]

Steven Avery

Photo by: Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department

Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department

This would be the truth that she Candy did it good. See you can call up here a [sic] talk to me as a [sic] Attorney on my case!!! action right?”

In scrawled handwriting he adds: “You and another attorney can take it right? Let me know soon.”

Kratz reveals the letter in his new book Avery: The Case Against Steven Avery and What “Making a Murderer'”Gets Wrong, which is released today.

The former prosecutor has accused the filmmakers of presenting misinformation in the past, which meant that viewers did not get to see important evidence that helped lead to Avery’s conviction.

He portrayed the program as a tool of Avery’s defense and accused the filmmakers of intentionally withholding facts that would lead viewers to see his guilt.

In Making a Murderer, Kratz is portrayed as a bumbling villain, and his later admissions of prescription drug abuse and sexual harassment cemented this fact in many viewers’ minds.

Kratz told

It’s clear to me that it was Avery’s intention to profit financially by involving me in his case. Of course for me I had no financial motives at all. Most people don’t realize it was Avery who asked me to come visit him and asked me to represent him.”

Kratz said that Avery wrote him six letters in total from behind bars, and in one — which Kratz said was written before Avery hired Kathleen Zellner — he asked Kratz to be his appellate lawyer.

I declined of course, I said I want nothing to do with that. It became clear that he was using me to advance his agenda and I told him I didn’t want to correspond with him again.”

Kratz claims that Avery sent him a list of relatives he wanted Kratz to investigate, including Candy Avery, his sister-in-law. “This is clearly something he has done before, and I suspect this won’t be the last time Steven Avery blames somebody else for his behavior in the Halbach murder,” Kratz added.

Kratz insists that authorities have “no evidence” that anyone other than Brendan Dassey and Steven Avery were involved in Halbach’s murder.

Kratz initiated contact with Avery six years after the trial and attempted to visit Avery at the prison in Boscobel, Wisconsin, but his request was denied by authorities who were worried Kratz’s visit may harm Avery’s rehabilitative efforts.

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