Jerry Buting won the hearts of Netflix viewers far and wide with his impassioned defence of Steven Avery in the crime documentary series Making A Murderer.
By contrast, his opposite number and prosecutor Ken Kratz was pretty much universally despised for his approach to the case, which saw Avery accused of murder in suspicious circumstances.
After the trial finished, Kratz was even hit with accusations of inappropriate conduct relating to a serious of suggestive text messages he allegedly sent to a colleague.
By the end of it all, Kratz’s name had become dirt to most folk, particularly any who happened to have Netflix.
However, what many people probably didn’t realise is just how much Buting hated him before any of this stuff came out.
They certainly know now though, after an extract from Buting upcoming book “Illusion of Justice” was published by Entertainment Weekly.
Buting’s ire isn’t related to anything that came out after the case though, but rather the approach Kratz took when talking to the witnesses.
Basically, that creepy soft voice he put on during the trial that we ALL noticed when the series first arrived on Netflix:
“When any civilian witness testified, he would soften his voice and make a conspicuous effort to appear gentler, more tender, as if he were so sorry that the defense was making them suffer through a trial and the ordeal of testifying in court. Perhaps he thought this would make him seem like a good guy to the jury, but it struck me as smarmy and fake.”
It’s really no laughing matter for Buting though, as he goes on to explain.
“A criminal investigation and prosecution is not a popularity contest. A professional approach to the circumstances is not demonstrating callousness to the survivors of a crime but rather the ethical duty of police and prosecutors. Not letting his manner bug me was part of my duty, I realized, so I did my best to filter him and concentrate on what the jury was hearing and seeing.”
The second series of Making A Murderer is due to be released in 2017 – fingers crossed Kratz drops that creepy voice this time round.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.