Has Reddit found evidence to exonerate Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery?

Bird is the word.

Making a Murderer's Steven Avery
Guilty or innocent? Making a Murderer's Steven Avery. Image Picture Netflix

Making a Murderer will soon be returning for a second series, but fans of the hit show aren’t willing to wait until then for answers.

Sleuths on Reddit have been trying to figure out what really happened to Teresa Halbach, the victim of a gruesome murder in 2005, for months.

The man serving life imprisonment for the crime, Steven Avery, has a crack legal team led by Kathleen Zellner trying to exonerate him – and now Redditor foghaze from the Tick Tock Manitowoc sub has uncovered an intriguing piece of this elaborate puzzle.

“The presence of a chicken bone taken from the burn area tends to preclude the theory of the intense fire claimed to cremate a body.”

In the evidence files for the Halbach case, bone fragments said to be the photographer’s remains – recovered from a burn pit on Avery’s property – bear a strong similarity to a bird’s carpometacarpus bone, a small bone found in the wing.

“The presence of a chicken bone taken from the burn area tends to preclude the theory of the intense fire claimed to cremate a body,” said one commenter on the Reddit thread. “A fire that powerful, enough to denature a human, would destroy an unprotected, fragile chicken wing.”

The discovery of a bird bone backs up the claim from Avery’s defence that he used the pit to dispose of animal remains.

As isolated evidence this doesn’t prove Avery’s innocence, of course. But it throws up yet another big question mark over the evidence used by prosecutors to put him away.

Answers may be forthcoming when Making a Murderer returns for season 2 on Netflix soon.

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