The “notable” convicted claims to have killed the victim of “Making a Murderer” Teresa Halbach, not Steve Avery, according to the filmmaker.
A man working on a new documentary says another detainee has confessed to the infamous murder that drove Steve Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey to life imprisonment, but Avery’s lawyer calls for caution.
A documentary filmmaker claims that a well-known Wisconsin murderer confessed to killing Teresa Halbach, the victim at the center of the popular “Making a Murderer” documentary series.
Halbach, a photographer, was murdered in 2005 and his last known location was on the property of Steven Avery, who had been released from prison only two years earlier after being exonerated in a rape case. Halbach’s death quickly raised Avery’s suspicions. He and his nephew Brendan Dassey were sentenced to life imprisonment in 2007.
The first season of “Making a Murderer”, launched in 2015, recounts Avery’s initial unfair sentence and raises questions about his involvement and Dassey’s involvement in Halbach’s murder. The documentary suggested that the police could have had evidence on Avery’s property and that the investigators would have taken advantage of Dassey’s limited intellect to convince him to confess.
The Wisconsin authorities maintain their conclusion that Avery murdered Halbach and burned his body on his property.
Shawn Rech, director of the upcoming documentary “Convicting a Murderer,” not affiliated with “Making a Murderer,” told Newsweek that while filming his documentary, an inmate confessed to killing Halbach. The detainee was not named, although Rech claimed to have confessed to the investigators.
“We have not confirmed the legitimacy of the confession, but as it was given by a well-known Wisconsin murderer, we feel responsible for providing all possible evidence to the police and legal teams,” Rech told reporters. Newsweek. “After 20 months of production, we have discovered an unfathomable amount of information and evidence that leads us to the truth, and our investigation does not stop there.”
Rech confirmed that the recorded confessions did not come from Avery or Dassey.
However, Kathleen Zellner, a lawyer after Avery’s conviction, seems to have doubts about the credibility of the confession.
“We received the manuscript confessions last Saturday,” he tweeted Monday. “It’s worthless unless it’s proven.” He added the hashtags #WorkingOnIt and #NotsoFast.
The second season of “Making a Murderer” focused on Zellner’s efforts and the difficulties he encountered in releasing his client.
Rech said he wanted his documentary series to be the continuation of the “Making a Murderer” series.