The Innocent Killer: A True Story of a Wrongful Conviction and Its Astonishing Aftermath

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This is the story of one of America's most notorious wrongful convictions, that of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who spent eighteen years in prison for the violent assault of Penny Beernsten. But two years after he was exonerated, when he was poised to reap millions in his wrongful conviction lawsuit, Steven Avery was arrested for the exceptionally brutal murder of Teresa Halbach. The 'Innocent Man' had turned into a cold-blooded killer. Or had he?

Michael Griesbach is a veteran prosecutor who worked with the Wisconsin Innocence Project on the case which led to Avery's exoneration in 2003. Examining both trials in depth and presenting an alternative view of the Teresa Halbach case, The Innocent Killer exposes the failings of the justice system and its devastating consequences for both the accused and the victims.

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"An instant true-crime classic ... This shocking true story will be talked about, and argued about, for decades to come." (Burl Barer, Edgar Award-winning true crime author)

"A shocking example of what can happen when our justice system fails ... Griesbach's unflinching page-turner brings us closer to the truth." (Barry Scheck, Co-founder of the National Innocence Project)

"Destined to be one of this year's top true crime books." (Kimberley Cantrell True Crime Book Reviews)

"The Innocent Killer is about tragedy, but it's also about hope. I survived my own personal nightmare when I was assaulted on the beach that day only to learn years later that I unwittingly played a starring role in someone else's ... We can't unring the bell of an injustice; we can't right the wrong. But we must joust with humility and learn from our mistakes ― because to do anything less would be unforgivable." (Penny Beerntsen, crime survivor and restorative justice spokeswoman)

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The Sunday Times Bestseller

Steven Avery: innocent man or certain killer? Read the inside story from the lawyer separating the fact from the fiction in the case that has gripped the world.

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