Ken Kratz’s Preoccupation with Sweat
An alert viewer compiled a photo montage of all the times that Ken Kratz referred to Steven Aver’s sweat in a tone of complete disgust in an effort to make him appear as sub-human scum. I noticed this too, and thought it spoke volumes about the level Kratz was willing to stoop to prejudice the public at large. Though it may seem like a minor detail, even in these asides we see that Ken Kratz is dishonest and willing to make things up out of whole cloth. How, for example, does Kratz know whether Steven Avery was ever sweating on any of the occasions he refers to Avery as being covered in sweat? I don’t believe this is something he could have known, so what should we conclude about a prosecutor who is willing to make up false information?
I personally believe the courtroom is the last place to degrade something about someone’s personal appearance, and I believe to do so is to reveal something about a prosecutor’s ethics or lack thereof.
As one incident like this after another comes up to reveal the character of Ken Kratz, one thing I believe is important to keep in mind when thinking about both cases is to what degree the narrative was influenced by Ken Kratz. For that matter, we also must keep in mind whenever we hear something parroted by Nancy Grace, or some other talking head that what they know of the “evidence” in the case has also largely been controlled by Kratz at this point.
Kratz has so far proved himself to be a PR genius because at this point I’m quite sure that a healthy percent of Americans, if not most, believe that Making A Murderer was slanted in favor of the defense. Often, to support this claim, people will bring up one or more pieces of Ken Kratz’s excluded evidence without being aware that though Kratz continues to refer to “sweat” DNA, to name but one thing, as something that exists, it is, in reality something he invented. He insists that the magic bullet that was found in the garage had Teresa Halbach’s blood DNA on it, and that the bullet could only have come from the gun Steven Avery had hanging over his bed. Neither statement is true, according to many other sources.
Yet, it is Ken Kratz, and others who are willing to affirm Steven Avery’s guilt who have been most vocal, and who have gotten the lion’s share of the media attention so far. Ken Kratz has been given a giant megaphone to continually repeat a pack of lies, when it comes right down to it, and our media is just too damn lazy to validate or debunk any of his claims. Either that, or they relish the ambiguity fearing that adding clarity to the matter would prematurely end a story that hasn’t been fully cashed out yet.