Steven Avery‘s mom, Dolores, told The New York Times in a piece published Thursday, January 28, that she’s tired of answering questions related to Teresa Halbach‘s 2005 murder case following the mass popularity of Netflix’s Making a Murderer.
Dolores previously expressed to the Daily Mail that she was pleased — at least initially — with the public’s feedback after Making a Murderer was released in December. However, she appears to have changed her mind.
Dolores — who lives at what’s described by the Times as “the auto salvage yard, along dead-end Avery Road [where] tiny, jittery dogs watch from a green trailer” — told the paper that she was not a fan of people badgering her with constant questions about his innocence.
Mrs. Avery said she hoped viewers processed “the crooked things the county has done” to her family, and wanted everyone else to leave her alone.
“I’m too old for this,” she told the paper. “It’s too much.”
Prosecutor Ken Kratz also spoke with the Times about the 10-part docuseries that has the nation debating whether Avery is innocent or guilty in Halbach’s death. Kratz claimed that Making a Murderer is one-sided, and that the filmmakers left out big chunks of evidence. To him, one of the key pieces of information was Avery’s DNA, which was found on the latch beneath the hood of Halbach’s car.
“It’s not a documentary at all,” Kratz told the Times. “It’s an advocacy piece.” Kratz resigned from his post back in 2010 after his involvement in a sexting scandal. Since Making a Murderer’s release, he continues to argue that the filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos withheld key evidence in their series.
The directors told Us Weekly and other reporters at Netflix’s TCAs panel on January 17 that their intention as filmmakers was to present a compelling perspective. “We’ve said this before, that this is a documentary. We’re documentary filmmakers. We’re not prosecutors. We’re not defense attorneys. We did not set out to convict or exonerate anyone. We set out to examine the criminal justice system and how it’s functioning today,” Ricciardi said. “And it just would have been impossible for us to include every piece of evidence that was submitted to the court or attempted to be submitted to the court. And so we took our cues from the prosecution, what they thought was the most compelling evidence. That’s what we included. Of course, we left out evidence. I mean, there would have been no other way to do it. We were not putting on a trial, but a film.”
Like Dolores and Kratz, then-Sheriff Ken Petersen, former star reporter Aaron Keller and Avery’s ex-fiancées Jodi Stachowski and Sandy Greenman have spoken out — and they are divided about whether he was wrongly convicted in Halbach’s murder.
As reiterated in the series, Avery spent 18 years behind bars for a rape that he did not commit. Netflix’s Making a Murderer presents the theory that he was framed in Halbach’s murder by the local Manitowoc County police.
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