Anonymous Plans to Reveal Documents to Help Release a Man Wrongfully Convicted of Murder
[h2]Anonymous Plans to Reveal Documents to Help Release a Man Wrongfully Convicted of Murder[/h2]
[bold]Hacktivism group plans to reveal police corruption[/bold]
Anonymous announced that it would get involved in the legal dispute between the Manitowoc County Sheriff Department and Steven Avery, the star of a recently released Netflix documentary called “Making a Murderer.”
Brendan Dassey, was accused and sent to prison in 1985 for the rape of a Manitowoc (Wisconsin) woman, Penny Beerntsen. He served 18 years in jail and was released in 2003, the same year when he was exonerated for his crime, following DNA analysis.
[bold]A murder investigation with lots of holes[/bold]
Two years later, Avery filed a $36 million civil suit against Manitowoc County, accusing the Sherrif’s Department of discovering and not releasing evidence that would have released him from jail years earlier.
A few months later, Avery and his nephew were charged with the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach, a photographer for Auto Trader Magazine that was last seen on Avery’s property.
Even if the Manitowoc County district attorney requested that nearby Calumet County authorities should lead the investigation, Manitowoc police officers remained heavily involved in the case.
The Sheriff’s Department’s Sergeant Andrew Colborn and Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant James Lenk, two of the people involved in the murder investigation and responsible for finding crucial evidence, were also two of the people named in the civil lawsuit.
In 2007, both Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, were sentenced to life in prison without parole.
On December 18, Netflix launched a ten-episode documentary called “Making a Murderer,” which investigated all of Mr. Avery’s crimes and led viewers to the conclusion that the suspect may be the subject of a setup to discredit his civil lawsuit.
[bold]Anonymous says it has evidence that points to a police conspiracy[/bold]
Following the ruckus created by the documentary, some members of the Anonymous group announced their intentions to investigate the case, but using some non-standard methods.
Via an newly created Twitter account, Anonymous is now teasing the release of new documents that show messages exchanged between Lenk and Colborn. According to hints left online by the hacktivism group, these messages show collusion between the two officers to frame Avery.
The documents are set to be released on December 30 on the @OpAveryDassey Twitter account.