The investigative TV show Dateline NBC promises to deliver both sides of the Steven Avery case, made famous by the documentary Making a Murderer. Avery served 18 years in prison on a sexual assault conviction. Cleared after new DNA evidence was presented and released in 2003, Avery filed a $36 million lawsuit against the County, the Sheriff’s department, and the former district attorney. Then in 2005, Avery was arrested again and charged with the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. Calumet District Attorney Ken Kratz was assigned to the case. On Dateline NBC, Kratz refers to Avery as a “very sadistic individual.”
Two years after Avery was convicted of murdering Halbach, Kratz was accused of sexting a 26-year-old domestic violence victim. Kratz was prosecuting a case against her boyfriend. Soon after, two other women came forward with accusations of sexual harassment and intimation against Kratz. In 2010, Kratz resigned as District Attorney. In 2014, his law license was suspended for four months. During his disciplinary hearing, Kratz admitted to abusing prescription drugs and being treated for sexual addiction and narcissistic personality disorder. Dateline NBC airs Fridays at 10pm.