Avery is still in prison after being convicted of the murder of Teresa Halbach, who was killed in 2005. In August 2016, his attorney filed motions in Wisconsin to have his conviction overturned after his nephew Brendan Dassey’s conviction in the same case was overturned.
The 53-year-old Hartman has taped an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw, which will appear on Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil. The segment will include an interview with Avery himself, who called into the show. However, a friend of Avery’s wrote on Facebook that they are no longer engaged and that Avery considers her a “golddigger.”
Here is a look at Hartman and her relationship with Avery.
1. Hartman & Avery Dated for 8 Months Before Finally Meeting in Person in September
On September 23, The Daily Mail reported that Hartman and Avery have been dating for eight months and did not meet for the first time until a week before the Daily Mail broke the news. They began communicating through letters and phone calls before they met at the Waupun Correctional Institute.
Although they kept their relationship a secret, Hartman said she was still a victim of online critics who say she is only after his fame and possible fortune if he is released from prison.
“She’s going to be my future wife, we’ll be laughing forever,” Avery told the Daily Mail from prison. “I’m happy, she treats me decent, she loves me, she’s kind of spoiling me right now. I just want to be happy and enjoy my life, I think I did enough time.”
2. Avery’s Lawyer Confirmed That He Is ‘Very Much in Love’ With Hartman
After the news that Hartman, a legal secretary, and Avery were engaged broke, Avery’s attorney, Kathleen Zellner, confirmed their relationship to People Magazine.
“Steven deserves every bit of happiness that comes his way,” Zellner told People. “He is very much in love and happy with Lynn so we are happy for them.”
“Steven Avery’s engagement to Lynn is one bright spot in an otherwise unbelievably tragic and unfair life story,” Zellner told Us Weekly. “Cheers to them both.”
3. Sandra Greenman, Avery’s Previous Fiancee, Thinks a Las Vegas Woman Only ‘Wants Fame’ & Is ‘Looking for Money’ From Avery
Avery was previously engaged to Sandra Greenman, a 73-year-old who frequently visited Avery after his conviction in the murder of Halbach. On January 11, 2016, Greenman told the Daily Mail that she was no longer engaged to him. HOwever, she also went on Dr. Phil days later and said she still believes Avery is innocent.
In an August 2016 interview with The Daily Mail, Greenman claimed that Avery was getting “40 letters a day, some of these women are falling at his feet, they want to be a celebrity.”
In that same interview, she referenced a woman who lived in Las Vegas, although she didn’t name the woman.
“There’s this other woman, originally from California and now living in Las Vegas, who’s going to see him,” Greenaman told the Daily Mail. “She’s very pretty, there’s no way she’d want Steven Avery usually. All the family are afraid of her, something isn’t right, I know she wants fame, and she’s looking for money.”
4. Hartman Told Dr. Phil She Thinks He’s Innocent & ‘Needs Help’
Hartman’s interview with Dr. Phil will air on Monday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 4. She told Dr. Phil McGraw that Avery signs his letters with “Your husband.” She also says that she thinks he is innocent and “needs help.”
“There are a lot of people that want to help him, but don’t want to marry him,” McGraw tells her.
When McGraw asks her if she is insane, she replies, “Yes.” The segment will also include comments from Avery himself, who called into the show.
“I haven’t been in love my whole life. It’s not the same as the others. Everything is all different with her,” Avery tells McGraw. He also says that he wants Brad Pitt to play him in a film about his life.
5. Greenman Wrote on Facebook That He Dumped Hartman Because She’s a ‘Golddigger’
Dr. Phil might need to add an update to the show before it airs on Monday because Avery has dumped Hartman. Krystyne Frandson, the administrator of the Facebook Avery family Facebook group, tweeted a screenshot of a message she posted from Greenman, who wrote that Hartman received “at least 5000.00 dollars from Dr. Phil, and [Avery] thinks more.” Greenman wrote that Hartman “got another 1000.00 for doing other shows.”
Greenman wrote that Avery called Hartman a “golddigger,” adding:
“He wants someone to contact Dr. Phil before Mon. show annd [sic] let him know she was only in the relationship for money. I checked and doublechecked with him to make very sure he watched this put on and he said very much so.”
People Magazine, citing an anonymous source, also reported that the engagement is over. The source claims that HArtman hasn’t spoken to Avery since the Dr. Phil segments were taped. Whenever Avery tries calling her, “the number is blocked,” the source said.
“The family thinks she is trying to cash in by doing interviews, and now she’ll do even more about the break up,” the source added.
The source said that their physical meeting was uncomfortable for Hartman. “If you look at the pictures of that first meeting [in prison], you can see she looks so uncomfortable touching him. I think she thought in her head, ‘I can’t actually have sex with this person,'” the source told People.
Avery was previously married to Lori Dassey from 1982 to 1988. In addition to Greenman and Hartman, Avery was also engaged to Jodi Stachowski at one point while in prison.