Manitowoc Locals At Starbucks Hostile to Alternative Theories
I went to Starbucks earlier today, and heard a family talking about Making A Murderer. The view was unanimously expressed that Steven Avery is guilty. When I heard this, I asked them how they could be so sure. An elderly woman began to engage my question, but was immediately cut off by her daughter who, speaking for the group, said they weren’t going to talk about it because their family was “personally involved”. OF course I wanted to know how, but they were unwilling to say. I told them that back in 1985 when everyone was so sure of Avery’s guilt, it turned out that they were wrong , and that should give everyone pause this time, even thought it doesn’t.
“Oh Steven Avery did that one too! The pubic hair that belonged to Gregory Allen was found on a beach towel, and he used to go to that beach often. Penny Beernsten, despite what she says publicly, still has serious doubts about his innocence”. I was only a little surprised to hear this, and I got the impression that this woman knows Penny Beernsten on a personal level.
We went back and forth for awhile. The hood latch came up, and they asked how his DNA ended up “all over the crime scene”. But as soon as I began to answer, I was cut off, and whenever I asked a question, it went unanswered.
Eventually, I pulled out my cell phone and began recording the interaction. Once again, I found the locals afraid to express their views on camera. As the party got up to leave, I asked them how they felt about Brendan Dassey, and if they were as sure of his guilt as they were of Steven Avery’s. Again, they refused to say any more.
As I was walking back in the Starbucks, an employee dressed in a balloon told me to come back into the store, and that the police were called. I went back into the store as she asked, and asked her why she called the police. She wouldn’t answer, and eventually came back out to say that I could stay, and that they weren’t calling the police after all.
As I was headed back to my chair, another Starbuck’s employee approached me and asked me not to be “disruptive”, and I said that was fine. I went back to where I was sitting, but within ten minutes, the woman you see in the video came up to me for some reason to repeat what the others had said. This time I had my phone ready and recorded the entire session. She didn’t like that and asked me to leave. I complied.