"Making a Murderer" swept the nation when it premiered on Netflix this past December. The 10-part documentary series gave us everything we could ask for in a true crime story: a tragic story of murder, a seemingly mistreated protagonist (Steven Avery), two ~dreamy~ defense lawyers fighting for justice and one prosecutor everyone loved to hate. His name, in case you forgot, is Ken Kratz.
Throughout the series, Kratz was presented as someone who would do anything to get Avery behind bars forever, possibly at the behest of law enforcement officers who seemed to have it out for the Manitowoc County resident. In short, Kratz seemed like a total dick, and he's not afraid to admit it.
In an interview with comedian Jena Friedman for Gothamist, Kratz acknowledged how he came across on the show, saying, "I was a dick."
"Some of that was bravado that was necessary for the presentation of the case, but some of that was me," he continued. "I think it’s important that people understand that I’m not that person anymore."
Kratz then went on to talk about all the hate he received following the series.
"The first three weeks of criticism I received on emails on the Internet kind of went like this: 'Ken, you're a piece of s**t and Steven Avery is innocent. How dare you convict him!'" he said, adding, "About a week and a half ago, that narrative changed to: 'Ken, you’re a piece of s**t' -- which didn’t change -- and ‘Although Steven Avery may be guilty, we still think the cops may have been involved where he deserves another trial.'"
But while watching the video interview, which has its fair share of awkward, cringeworthy moments, it's tough to feel empathetic. Kratz may think he's changed since filming took place, but we'd beg to differ.
In the eight-and-a-half-minute clip, Kratz told Friedman to stop when she tried to reiterate one of his answers, called her pathetic and refused to play both "F**k, Marry, Kill" and with a Ouija board.
He did, however, share an interesting piece of clarification on that suspicious vial of blood.
"The purple-top tubes have to be filled up somehow. When they're sitting by the phlebotomist, they're empty, right? The blood gets in there through a needle -- through a needle going through the top of the purple-top tube. It's no more complicated than that," he said.
But wait, there's more!
"The lawyers knew that there was a nurse who was interviewed, a report was done. She said, 'Yeah, I was the one that put that hole in the tube.' Nothing secret about this at all," Kratz told Friedman. When asked to recall the nurses's name, he couldn't, but he did know that she had recently died.
We did a little digging ourselves and found that the nurse's name was Marlene Kranitz. According to documents obtained by OnMilwaukee, Kranitz was willing to testify that she was the one who punctured the tube top. She ultimately didn't testify because the prosecution reportedly didn't think the defense's tampered evidence theory was strong enough.
Excuse us while we go read a million more theories.
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