Ken Kratz, the former district attorney for Calumet County in Wisconsin, quickly gained prominence for trying the infamous Wisconsin v. Steven Avery case that the original 2015 Making a Murderer documentary was based on.
Kratz’s role in the Steven Avery case has been the subject of much debate since the series first debuted. Kratz reportedly refused to cooperate with producers or interviewers during the filming of the series, and he later criticized them, claiming they had deliberately left out key pieces of evidence.
Kratz Has Done Several Media Tours, Written a Book & Given Multiple Interviews In Response to His Portrayal on the Show
In response to his adverse portrayal in the series, he went on a media tour, gave numerous interviews, and wrote a book called The Case Against Steven Avery and What ‘Making a Murderer’ Gets Wrong. Kratz refused to take part in the second season of the show, and his opinions of both Avery and Brendan Dassey, Avery’s nephew who was also accused of involvement in the murder of Teresa Halbach, have not changed since 2007.
In The Case Against Steven Avery, published in 2017, Kratz wrote that he “didn’t make anyone a murderer,” he “did [his] job and convicted one.” He has since used the elevated platform provided to him by Making A Murderer to reiterate his confidence in the conviction.
Krazt Appeared on Dr. Phil to Debate With Avery’s Former Defense Attorney Jerry Buting
In 2017, Kratz appeared on Dr. Phil with Avery’s former defense attorney Jerry Buting to debate elements of the case. When Buting said that he believed Avery did not get a fair trial, Kratz retorted by claiming that the only reason Buting wanted to try the case in Manitowoc was because he “didn’t want an impartial jury, he wanted a biased one that knew about [Avery’s 2003] exoneration.”
Although the second part of Making a Murderer features some clips of Kratz’s life since the first season debuted, the attorney has tweeted that he is far more interested in the 2019 documentary Convicting a Murderer, which Deadline reports is a follow-up to Making a Murderer, but with the story retold from the point of view of the prosecution.
“Every court in the US has now reaffirmed both Avery and Dassey’s guilt – what can they say?” he tweeted last month. “I can’t wait for the other side to finally come out.”
He Has Appeared on Several Media Programs to Express Criticisms of Making A Murderer
Kratz has appeared on a variety of television programs and radio programs to express his criticisms of Making A Murderer, including ABC News, Dr. Phil, Nancy Grace, Jim and Sam Show, Crime Watch Daily, and Dr. Oz.
“Most of [the] honest men and women of Wisconsin law enforcement [involved in the Halbach case] were never interviewed for the Netflix docu-drama Making a Murderer,” Kratz told The Post Crescent, “and if depicted in that series at all, it was to blatantly accuse them of everything from planting evidence to murdering Ms. Halbach themselves. Finally, it looks like the truth will come out.”
Aside from frequently making his views on the Making a Murderer documentary very clearly known on his social media pages, Kratz posts several pictures of his wife, dog and home life on his pages, as well as several posts referring to baseball. His pages are still quite public, and the comments of his posts are still often updated with angry messages from fans of the show. After release of the documentary in 2015, Kratz reports that he received several death threats, and his Yelp page was flooded with negative comments criticizing his tactics during the case.
In October 2009, Kratz was involved in a scandal after the former D.A. was accused of “sexting” a domestic violence victim whose boyfriend he was prosecuting. The victim filed a police report in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, alleging that Kratz had sent her 30 sexually suggestive text messages over the span of three days. She told police she felt that Kratz was trying to coerce her into a sexual relationship at the risk of dismissing the case against her boyfriend. During the investigation, two more women came forward accusing Kratz of similar intimidation and harassment. At the time, Kratz was serving as chairman of the Wisconsin Crime Victims’ Rights Board. He resigned the following October, and settled in court with the victim in 2013.