When Netflix‘s hit documentary show Making a Murderer first came out, audiences were torn over whether or not Steven Avery was really guilty of his crimes. True crime fans debated the subject, with strong feelings on both sides, but recently new information has been coming to light about the prisoner that doesn’t look all that good. Not about the Teresa Halbach case, but about what he was like before he was accused and found guilty of murder.
Just weeks after Season 2 of the show dropped on the streaming service, Radar Online is reporting that Steven used to boast about the big payout he was convinced was coming his way after his wrongful conviction for sexual assault. “He always bragged about his money, all the time,” a family member shared in a 2006 police report that the website uncovered. Before the murder charges, he was suing Wisconsin’s Manitowoc County for $36 million in 2003 because of his wrongful imprisonment — and he was convinced he was going to cash out big.
But that wasn’t all. The source also claimed that he believed his police persecution had made him pretty much “invincible.” Apparently, he seemed to be convinced that the cops wouldn’t be able to touch him again no matter what he did, and that he pretty much had immunity for any future actions because of the threat of his lawsuit. “He [thought he] could do whatever he wanted to whoever he wanted and nobody was going to stop him.”
This is the police report — and the same family member — that also recently revealed that Steven had committed past sexual assaults, specifically against the woman speaking in the report. “He would tell me things like, ‘If you don’t do this, I’m going to hurt you; if you don’t do this, I’m gonna set your house on fire or that I might hurt your dad,'” the then-teenager told the Calumet County Sherriff’s Department. Manitowoc County special prosecutor Ken Kratz even confirmed to Radar that the report is legitimate. “In reality, this guy is sadistic,” he said.
Though these reports didn’t come out in trial (Steven’s lawyer Kathleen Zellner told In Touch that “being accused of a sexual assault is meaningless in terms of providing evidence against Steven Avery in his murder conviction”), they don’t paint the criminal in as flattering a light as the Netflix would have you believe. When it comes to this case, though, there’s only one thing that we know for sure. There’s a heck of a lot that we don’t know.