Steven Avery’s Ex-Fiancée Now Says He's Guilty

Jodi Stachowski calls Avery a 'monster'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2016 12:55 PM CST

One of Steven Avery's biggest defenders in the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer—his former fiancée Jodi Stachowski—now says everything she told the directors was a lie and that Avery is guilty, Vulture reports. Stachowski gave an interview Wednesday on HLN, her first since the hit show was released. Not only did Avery kill Teresa Halbach—a crime he's currently in prison for—but Stachowski says he was physically abusive to her throughout their relationship, according to Vulture. "He’d beat me all the time, punch me, throw me against the wall," NBC Chicago quotes her as saying. Avery was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault and spent 18 years in prison. He was later convicted of murdering Halbech. Making a Murderer questions whether he was set up by police.

In the interview, Stachowski says she wants the world to know "what a monster" Avery is, Vulture reports. She says Avery threatened her from jail and told her to "make him look good" for the documentary. She denies she ever loved him. According to NBC, Stachowski says Avery would follow her to work, smash her windshield to keep her from leaving the house, and once threatened to kill her by throwing a blow-dryer into the bathtub with her. She says she went as far as to eat rat poison twice in order to be hospitalized and get away from him, HLN reports. According to NBC, Stachowski says Avery thinks all women "owe him" because of the woman who misidentified him as the suspect in the sexual assault case. Avery filed a new appeal over his murder conviction this week. (Read more Steven Avery stories.)

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