What Making a Murderer didn't tell you
The nurse who too took the groin swab threw it in a sharps bin herself; she did not give it to Wiegert
The dog scent trail through the quarry, in the back entrance of the yard, started at Avery’s trailer. This information wasn’t withheld from defense- they didn’t use it because it was more evidence against Avery. He drove the car in the back entrance instead of driving down the main road past his family members’ homes.
The car spotted at the turnaround actually was reported to officers, was checked out, and was not Teresa’s car.
The witness who claims to have told Colborn about it on Nov 4 may just be remembering Colborn’s face from when Colborn arrested him in 2006. Colborn was not working on Nov 4 and would not have been at Cennex in uniform.
Prosecution never claimed the bullet recovered went through Teresa’s skull. In fact ten shell casings were recovered, and prosecution believed she was shot multiple times, some bullets not hitting her skull. Not finding bone on the bullet doesn’t discredit prosecution’s case at all.
While Kathleen Zellner claims the wax on the bullet came from Chapstick, her own expert suggests it’s wax that was used to orient the bullet during ballistics testing
Teresa's phone, camera, and PDA were found in a burn barrel on Avery's property.
Robert Fabian, a friend of Earl Avery's, stated he saw Steven between 4:30-5pm on 10/31, freshly cleaned up with a change of clothes, acting very strangely, and having a fire in the burn barrel where Teresa's electronics were found
Avery called Teresa twice on October 31, using *67 to hide his number. He called again at 4:35pm, this time not using *67. At this time, her phone was already off and had presumably been destroyed. Those were the only calls that day he used *67 when dialing.
Also in Steven's earliest interviews, he lies about his activities on 10/31. He denies having used the burn barrel or burn pit recently. He claims to have spent most of the afternoon and evening alone in his trailer, not going back to work without informing anyone, which was very rare for him. He says he was in bed by 9pm. However, multiple witnesses see him using both the barrel and pit, and there are recorded phone calls where he tells Jodi Brendan is over and he’s been doing some cleaning. The evidence in the burn areas and garage had not been found yet, so it's unclear why an innocent man would lie about having fires and cleaning his garage with his nephew.
In Brendan's Nov 6 interview, he also lies about spending the night with Avery. He says he went over to Avery's to help push a car into the garage, but went home to eat supper alone and did not see Steven again until the next morning. Again, it is unclear why someone who had no idea there was a body in the fire would lie about having a bonfire with his uncle.
Police records and interviews show Avery had a history of violence against women, including beating, strangling, death threats, attempted abduction at gunpoint, two allegations of rape, and one allegation of groping underage neighborhood girls. He admitted to abusing Lori and his children in family court.
An underage female relative of Avery's accused him of sexually assaulting her, describing how he pinned her arms down and raped her, and threatened her to keep it a secret or he'd hurt her family. Many family members, friends, and Avery's fiance were aware of the sexual relationship he had with his teenage relative, and he openly discussed it.
Kayla's counselor testified Kayla had come to them in January 2006 saying she was scared of Steven, and he had asked one of her cousins to help move a body. This was before police had re-interviewed Kayla or Brendan.
All blood vials have a hole in the top- it's how the blood gets in
The evidence seal on the blood vial's box was broken in a meeting with Avery's own lawyers from his wrongful conviction suit
The FBI did release a report stating the detection levels of their EDTA test, and it was sensitive enough to find EDTA in a volume just 1% of what was in the vial. A dried spot of blood from the vial was swabbed up and tested, and found to contain levels of EDTA similar to a fresh vial, while none was indicated in the blood from the Rav 4.
EDTA testing had been improved since it's invention, and the test was reliable
The bullet with Teresa's DNA on it was linked to the exact gun that hung over Avery's bed
Avery's brothers worked on the yard daily and Chuck lived about 100 yards away from the crusher. Avery couldn't have crushed the car without his brothers noticing.
Lenk and Colborn were not named in Avery's lawsuit, and the county was not being sued for $36 mil. Vogel and Kocourek, who had both retired, were named in the suit and being sued for the majority of the money
It was Kocourek's personal insurance that was refusing to cover his liability, not Manitowoc County's. Manitowoc County's insurance did not refuse to cover the lawsuit, and in fact did pay out when the case was settled. The lawsuit was not a financial threat to the county.
Avery states in the documentary Lori took his kids away from him. In fact, a judge issued a court order barring his kids from seeing him, saying "He has huge anger. He has real potential to harm people, and he's not dealt with any of that."
The bullet was found on the first thorough search of the garage, and previously they had not even moved equipment out to search under it
The key was found on the second search of the trailer; the previous entries the documentary claimed were "searches" were: a 10-minute sweep to look for any sign of Teresa alive, an entry to retrieve the guns seen on the initial sweep, an entry to get the serial number from Steven's computer for use in a warrant, and the crime lab luminol testing the residence. The first search was cut short as it was 10:30pm, and when they continued the search, they found the key.
Steven's brother Earl saw him about two hours after Teresa's appointment, acting stiff and quiet and moving equipment into his garage.