A Wisconsin prisoner alleged to have confessed to the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, who was at the center of Netflix's Make a Killer series, despite two men serving more than a decade prison for the crime.
Sean Speech, the director of another documentary, Condemnation of the Murderer, told Dana Perino's Focus daily in the Daily Briefing on Tuesday that the confession of the bomb shell was taped and handed over to investigators who " they have to dig " 57-year-old Stephen Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassie were 29 convicted of Halbach's murder and sentenced to life in prison. They both maintain their innocence on "Make a Killer," which examines the conspiracy theories around their beliefs and examines whether law enforcement has arranged the two.
Reh, who did not release the prisoner's name, called the new confession "very strange," and explained how he fell into the lap of his production team.
"He is a convicted murderer in Wisconsin and sent us a letter some time ago trying to get even more involved with Stephen Avery. So now we end our 10-part series, which is an independent series of Making A Murderer, and we check facts and try to debunk certain information and create a prison invitation to challenge him on some of the things that writing this nine-page letter rather than sticking to it, he immediately said the letter was false and took the blame for the murder of Teresa Halbach. He describes it as a tragic incident. "
Still, Reh said he was afraid of the truth of the confession.
" He has already admitted that he is a liar, he is a convicted criminal, so that tells you he may not be the most faithful person in the world – said Reh. “But at the same time, he killed someone in Wisconsin and walked around freely when it all happened, and maybe that was the reason he was trying to point Steven Avery's finger in the first place. So, this is the kind of balancing act you have to do. "
Rech said he transferred the audio recording, almost 10 minutes long, to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, to Kathleen Zelner – who represents Avery – and to Laura Nrider, who represents Dassie – but he didn't hear from any of them.
"They are not involved in our project," Reh said of Avery and Dassie. "They see it as a racing project because we include a law enforcement perspective that was not included in the original two seasons. as a kind of racing series or think we are informative crap for the police, which is very, very far from the truth. "
Rech said this new information did not change the angle of his documentary, but" apparently debunked the letter he wrote against Stephen Avery because he left it alone. . "
The Wisconsin Department of Justice told Fox News that it takes all reports seriously, but the new recognition" directly contradicts information previously provided by the same person. " "
The Calumet County Sheriff told Fox News that he was not aware of any" new reliable information. "
'We were skeptical anyway, and we'll see what happens,' Reh said." We need to incorporate this development into our project, but there are many things we have done over the last 20 months and there are 10 episodes simply filled with information. This will be a small piece of it. "
Zelner also expressed skepticism during the confession, saying that her company had also received self-confession from an unnamed prisoner who confessed to killing Halbach. Zelner said her company had announced earlier this month that the citizen offered $ 100,000 for information related to the "true Halbach killer."
She explained that when the company failed to respond to the prisoner for cash, he turned to the production company with his story. Zelner tweeted that the handwritten note is "null and void unless "
Nyrider also admitted on Twitter on Monday that" she was aware of the alleged confession given by a prisoner in the Brandon case, "but did not develop
Former District Attorney Ken Kratz to handle the case. Halbach, tweeted on Monday: "To be clear, like everyone else, this is news to me. I have no comment until I see the details."
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Matt Finn and Daniel Wallace contributed to this report.