A “notable convicted murderer from Wisconsin” has allegedly confessed to the murder of Teresa Halbach, whose 2005 killing was examined in the Netflix docuseries “Making a Murderer.”
Halbach was 25 years old when she was killed Halloween night after visiting the property of Steven Avery to photograph his sister’s minivan that he was offering for sale on Autotrader.com.
Avery, who three years earlier had been exonerated after serving 18 years for a crime he did not commit, and his nephew Brendan Dassey were convicted in Halbach’s murder. Both say they are innocent.
A second docuseries on the case, “Convicting a Murderer,” is currently being worked on by director Shawn Rech.
It was while Rech and his crew worked on the follow-up series that a man currently in prison for a separate murder conviction allegedly came forward to confess to killing Halbach, Rech told Newsweek.
"We haven't confirmed the legitimacy of the confession, but seeing as it was given by a notable convicted murderer from Wisconsin, we feel responsible to deliver any and all possible evidence to law enforcement and legal teams," he told Newsweek.
Rech would not identify the person who allegedly confessed to Halbach’s murder, but did say it was not Dassey or Avery.
Avery’s attorney, Kathleen Zellner, said on Twitter she and her team received “the handwritten confession” on Saturday. “It is worthless unless it is corroborated,” she wrote.
Laura Nirider, an attorney for Dassey, tweeted that his team is aware of the alleged confession but did not say anything further.
The confession was captured on audio, according to Rech, who said there is more work to be done.
"Having been in production for 20 months, we've uncovered an unfathomable amount of information and evidence that is leading us to the truth,” he told Newsweek. “Our investigation does not end here."
Both Avery and Dassey were sentenced in 2007 to life in prison.
If Avery’s conviction in Halbach’s murder were to be overturned, it would be the second time he was found to have been wrongfully convicted. He has always maintained his innocence.
Dassey was 16 when he told investigators he helped his uncle rape and murder Halbach, and then dispose of her body, but he later said his statement was coerced. Lower courts found that Dassey’s confession, which took place without an attorney or his mother present, was involuntary, but in June 2018 the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago upheld his conviction.