Steven Avery’s former fiancée is convinced he is guilty of Teresa Halbach’s murder because she says he once tied her to the bed for sex.
Jodi Stachowski says Avery once restrained her to a bedpost with ropes and wanted to videotape their sexual encounter – but she adamantly refused to go through with it.
Because of this incident, she told TMZ she believes Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey’s account of Halbach’s rape and murder.
Dassey told investigators that he saw the victim tied to Avery’s bed and sexually assaulted her before cutting her throat on his uncle’s orders. He later said the confession was coerced.
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Jodi Stachowski (pictured) says Steven Avery once restrained her to a bedpost with ropes and wanted to videotape their sexual encounter
Steven Avery (pictured left in 2007) was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of photographer Teresa Halbach (right)
But Stachowski, who was in jail at the time of Halbach’s murder, was portrayed as Avery’s devoted girlfriend in Netflix’s Making A Murderer and repeatedly states that she believes he had nothing to do with it.
But now, she has said the truth needs to come out about ‘what a monster he is’.
Stachowski also says that despite being sentenced to life in prison without parole, Avery has continued to threaten her through letters.
She gave TMZ a letter, from August last year, in which Avery appears to threaten to report her to the police for drink-driving unless she pays him.
And in an interview with Nancy Grace last week, she claimed Avery had repeatedly physically abused her and insisted that she was never in love with him.
‘I ate two boxes of rat poison just so I could go to the hospital and get away from him and ask them to get the police to help me,’ she told HLN’s Natisha Lance.
Lance reported that multiple police reports corroborate the claim that there was a long history of abuse.
Stachowski also said she was not aware if the documentary’s filmmakers knew what her relationship with Avery was like.
But she said Avery always directed her to behave in a way that ‘made him look good’ when the cameras were rolling.
Her problems with alcohol abuse and repeated arrests are seen on the documentary until her relationship with Avery ends.
Because of this incident, Stachowski (pictured in Making A Murderer) she believes Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey’s account of Halbach’s rape and murder
Stachowski, who was in prison at the time of Halbach’s murder, claims that she was never in love with Avery
Last year, when Making A Murderer’s creators Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos asked her for one last interview, she said she declined – and even asked to not be featured in the 10-part series at all.
After the series’ phenomenal success – which sparked a number of petitions demanding Avery’s release – she said she realized she needed to speak out because it is ‘full of a bunch of lies’.
After his relationship with Stachowski ended, Avery started a relationship with Sandra Greenman while behind bars.
The 73-year-old first contacted him by sending him a letter after watching his 2007 murder trial.
She said she had been convinced of his innocence said she would rush home from her job as a phlebotomist testing blood at a local hospital to watch the six-week televised trial with her husband, Wallace.
She first went to meet him at her husband’s suggestion, who she says was also convinced of Avery’s innocence.
Wallace Greenman passed away in April 2008 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 88.
A year later, Avery asked Sandy to marry him after they realized their feelings had developed beyond a friendship.
Stachowski says she was physically abused by Avery. Pictured, Stachowski’s last known residence, outside Appleton, Wisconsin
Avery (pictured in his 1985 mugshot) initially served 18 years in prison for a rape he did not commit
But Greenman recently revealed to Daily Mail Online that she had broken off their engagement because Avery refused to adopt her Christian faith – but she is continuing with her fight to prove his innocence.
Making A Murderer has captivated viewers around the world since it began streaming on Netflix on December 18 last year.
It details the prosecution of Avery after Halbach, a 25-year-old photographer, is murdered in 2005. Her last known whereabouts was at the Avery family’s auto salvage yard in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, where she had gone to photograph a minivan for Auto Trader magazine.
Avery had initially served 18 years in prison for a rape he did not commit. He was exonerated of the 1985 conviction in September 2003 after DNA evidence proved he was innocent.
Shortly before he was arrested for Halbach’s murder, he had filed a $36million federal lawsuit against the county, its former sheriff and district attorney for the wrongful conviction.
The case was settled for $400,000 after Avery was charged with first-degree intentional homicide for the murder of Halbach.
Sandy Greenman and Steve Avery in a picture she keeps at her home of the two in her back yard. In fact, the two have never met outside of prison but she had the image created to show them as they would be
Greenman says she believes in Avery’s innocence and hopes that she will see him achieve his freedom
Avery’s defense attorneys Dean Strang and Jerry Buting argued that Manitow County officers, who were in the middle of being deposed in the lawsuit, were also involved in the gathering of evidence in the Halbach case and may have planted evidence to frame him.
But Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey, who was 16 at the time, then confessed to sexually assaulting Halbach and cutting her throat on his uncle’s orders – but later said the confession had been coerced by investigators.
Avery, 53, and Dassey, now 26, were both convicted in March 2007 and remain in prison. Avery was sentenced to life in prison without parole but Dassey, who is also serving a life sentence, has a chance for early release in 2048.
The documentary on Avery questioned the handling of his case and the motivation of Manitowoc County law enforcement officials.
Avery (left, in December 2015) and his nephew, Brendan Dassey (seen right in 2007) remain in prison
It suggests authorities planted evidence against the men, a claim that has been rejected by Robert Hermann, the current sheriff of Manitowoc County.
Both men continue to protest their innocence but despite the Netflix series casting doubt on their convictions, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has ruled out any chance of a pardon.
Meanwhile, authorities involved in the case insist the series is biased and omits crucial facts that led to Avery and Dassey being found guilty of Halbach’s murder in 2007.
Ken Kratz, the former Calumet County district attorney who prosecuted Avery, is one of the series’ critics, saying Netflix should not have billed the series as a documentary.
He said evidence that was excluded from the series included that Avery had called Halbach’s workplace to specifically ask for her the day she disappeared, that he had called her three times that day and that he once greeted her wearing only a trial.
Kratz also claimed that when Avery first served time in prison, he told an inmate that he was planning on building a ‘torture chamber’ on his release so he could rape, torture and kill young women.