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  • Published: 21 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473537729
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

The Innocent Killer

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.


This is the story of one of America's most notorious wrongful convictions.

Steven Avery is a Wisconsin man who spent eighteen years in prison for the violent assault of Penny Beernsten. But two years after he was exonerated, just when he was poised to reap millions in his wrongful conviction lawsuit, Steven Avery was arrested for the 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.

  • Published: 21 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473537729
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the author

Michael Griesbach

Michael Griesbach is a veteran prosecutor in the state of Wisconsin where the events recounted in his book occurred. He wrote The Innocent Killer as a challenge to the system. He hopes to leave readers better informed about the inner workings of the criminal justice system and more concerned about those whose lives it deeply affects. He worked on the case to overturn Steven Avery's original rape conviction and has reviewed all of the evidence in the Teresa Halbach case, to produce a work of non-fiction that will make you think again. He lives in North Eastern Wisconsin with his wife Jody and their four children.

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Praise for The Innocent Killer

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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