Ever since Making a Murderer premiered on Netflix in December, the Internet has been rife with backlash, weird memes and petitions for Steven Avery’s release. In addition, broadcast and cable news are also smitten with the story, interviewing the filmmakers and inviting the prosecution and defense attorneys to debate one another. Even TMZ is on the case, and they’ve just discovered court documents shedding new light on Avery’s own suspicions about who killed Teresa Halbach, the woman he’s currently in jail for murdering.
According to documents filed two years after his 2007 conviction, Avery believes that one or both of his brothers, Earl and Charles, may have killed Halbach and pinned the blame on him. Both have a history of sexual assault complaints and charges that, as TMZ notes, are quite “problematic.”
Earl once pled no contest to sexually assaulting his 2 daughters. […]
Charles’ criminal conduct and actions are even more problematic. He was charged with sexually assaulting his wife by holding her down and trying to strangle her with a phone cord before having intercourse with her.
The docs say Charles also had a history of aggression toward women who visited the family’s junkyard. One woman, who was there to retrieve her car that had been towed, complained to cops she was afraid of Charles because he was aggressively pursuing her… sending flowers and money to her home, calling her incessantly and showing up at her doorstep.
Per this rundown, it seems Earl’s history of violence against women pales in comparison to Charles’ record. Aside from the woman whose complaint is detailed above, TMZ goes on to cite two more cases in which Charles followed and harassed women.
The website notes that all the claims against Charles occurred within a month of Halbach’s disappearance and murder. Plus, in the court papers he filed, Steven ascribes motive to both brothers because they were “fighting over the family business and were jealous he was on the verge of a multi-million dollar settlement” from his prior wrongful sexual assault conviction.
Of course, this is all speculation from Avery himself (and those reporting it). Don’t forget to take all this information in with a great deal of caution.