Winner of the True Crime Book Reviews Editor's Choice Award!
This is not just another wrongful conviction book. The Innocent Killer begins with a brutal assault on a remote stretch of beach on the Lake Michigan shoreline and ends twenty years later with a history-making verdict. It tells the story of one of the nation's most notorious wrongful convictions, that of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who spent eighteen years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
In addition to being a fascinating true crime story, it's also a chilling example of what can happen when those responsible for administering justice lose sight of their calling and a stark reminder of the unintended consequences that can flow from a single wrong.
Police and prosecutors were forced to make decisions in this case that tested their moral fiber. Their failure to make the right ones ruined the already troubled life of one man and tragically wreaked havoc on the lives of additional victims and their families. But the most singular feature of The Innocent Killer lies in what occurred after Mr. Avery's wrongful conviction...
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Praise for The Innocent Killer
“In this meticulous, riveting narrative, Griesbach explores the unanswerable “what-ifs” of one of the most haunting criminal cases in Wisconsin history.”
– Milwaukee magazine
“The Innocent Killer is a shocking yet effective example of what can happen when our justice system fails. It poses the provocative question - one which those involved in the criminal justice system must ask themselves time and time again: ‘What if?’ What if the investigation of Steven Avery's alleged crime and its prosecution had gone differently? Would the tragic event that happened eighteen years later still have come to pass? Unfortunately, we'll never know. Griesbach's unflinching page-turner raises all the right questions and brings us closer to the truth.”
-- Barry Scheck, Co-founder and Co-Director of the National Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
“Brilliantly written, The Innocent Killer is an instant true-crime classic that will either re-affirm or shake your faith in American justice. A non-fiction thriller with more twists and surprises than any fiction novel. This shocking true story will be talked about, and argued about, for decades to come.”
--Burl Barer, Edgar Award winning true crime author
“In a narrative that reads like a novel, Michael Griesbach, a prosecutor in that same Wisconsin county, passionately lays out the differences between working for justice and just racking up a conviction. It should be required reading for criminal attorneys. It’s not just a good read. It’s an important read.”
--Michael Kiefer, Justice and Legal Affairs Writer, The Arizona Republic
“The Innocent Killer illustrates why it is so important for law enforcement and prosecutors to follow the evidence and only the evidence. Hunches and "gut instinct" are a good starting point, but must be born out by the evidence. If not, you risk outcomes like this. This is a scary tale every practitioner must understand. If your hunch is right, there will be evidence. If there is no evidence then your hunch may be wrong, or at a minimum your investigation has to continue."
--Richard Cole JD, Instructor, Milwaukee Area Technical College
“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. The ripple effect of this single injustice has lasted for decades, with devastating consequences for other victims and their families. 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 nationally known restorative justice spokesperson
“Griesbach tells an electrifying story about how justice isn't just blind but downright narrow minded. ... Well-written, fast paced, with an avant garde storyline, The Innocent Killer is destined to be one of this year’s top true crime books.”
– Kimberley Cantrell, True Crime Book Reviews