Jodi Stachowski was engaged to Avery at the time of his arrest
Steven Avery’s ex-fiancée, Jodi Stachowski, has said she believes he killed Teresa Halbach and has labeled him “a monster”.
Avery is the focus of Making A Murderer, the Netflix documentary which tells the story of his conviction for the murder of Halbach in 2005. Both and nephew Brendan Dassey are serving life sentences for the murder, having been convicted in 2007. Making A Murderer pays particular attention to perceived injustices in the case.
Stachowski spoke to HLN’s Nancy Grace about her time with Avery and claimed that he threatened her life, leading to her poisoning herself in a bid to get away from her home.
The Nancy Grace interview begins with Stachowski saying that she believes her former partner is capable of murder, pointing to times “he threatened to kill me and my family and a friend of mine.” Although she says she wants to tell “the truth” and that “he’s not innocent,” she said Avery had never admitted to killing Halbach to her.
Police reports confirm that Avery’s relationship with Stachowski was a violent one and she made claims of a drastic plan to escape. “I ate two boxes of rat poison just so I could go to the hospital and get away from him and asked them to get the police to help me,” Stachowski says. She also alleges that she has received further threats from Avery from prison in the form of letters.
Stachowski claims that Making A Murderer is “all lies” and alleges that she declined a final interview with the filmmakers and asked to not be included in the documentary at all.
Last week the filmmakers behind the Netflix series appeared on BBC’s ‘Newsnight’ to answer host Evan Davis’ questions about the series.