Review – The Innocent Killer by Michael Griesbach


If you haven’t heard of Steven Avery, and the NetFlix hit The Marking of a Murderer, then you must being living in a library! LOL. This case has been everywhere on the internet and social media, and not without it’s controversy.

In brief Steven was wrongly convicted of a violent sexual assault when he was 23 and spent 12years in jail for it when the real killer was on the loose and went on to assault at least one more women before he was jailed.  When he was released in 2003, after DNA cleared him, a short while after he was charged with the murder of Theresa Holbach and sentenced to life in prison.

This book by prosecutor for the state Michael Griesbach, was very well written, I thought. I’ve seen some review that have been quite scathing, mentioning his bias and lack of writers flair towards the end of the novel, as well as a personal opinion on the facts of the case.  But this review isn’t concerned with the rights and wrongs of Stevens case.  Personally, I’m on the fence with whether or not he murdered the victim. But the book was very pleasant to read. I thought the author had a particularly nice way with words. Was descriptive without being overly, and wrote about the case with attention to detail but not too much. I know there are true crime readers out there that don’t care for boring, technical legal jargon, which I think this author avoided.

I enjoyed the back story that was provided about Steven, as well as a personal side that the author shared about himself. Was there some bias? Quite possibly. But that’s down to interpretation, which most of life is.  To me, he wrote about the case as neutrally as I think he could and for me, that was very well because I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Yes, he believes that the right person is in jail, and that there wasn’t a a police conspiracy. He’s entitled to that opinion, because afterall, he knows a hell of a lot more than us readers do. I won’t comment on that with my opinion, I respect his right to it, I’m not going to argue it.

While it took me a while to finish this, if you’ve been following me on good reads, please don’t think it was because I didn’t enjoy it. That couldn’t be further from the truth! I’ve just got to find time to read for pleasure while I’m in the middle of semester and usually that’s a few minutes before I jump into bed in the wee hours of the morning. If you enjoy true crime, then I think you’ll enjoy this one!

I gave this ebook: large_cute-bookworm 1large_cute-bookworm 1large_cute-bookworm 1large_cute-bookworm 1large_cute-bookworm 1/5

Purchase the ebook here

Happy reading!



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Avid reader and 'collector' of books. I'm a prison psychologist and criminologist, so no surprise when I admit I have a particular like in true crime and psychological/police procedure thrillers and suspense books.

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