The former fiancee of Steven Avery, the subject of the Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer," spoke out against the controversial figure in a new interview with HLN.
Jodi Stachowski said during an interview with Nancy Grace that Avery physically abused her and that he is “not innocent," New York Daily News reports. The interview aired on Jan. 13.
Stachowski, who was in prison during the time of victim Teresa Halbach’s murder, said that she was never in love with Avery and that he felt entitled to abuse her because he spent 18 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit.
“He told me once, excuse my language, all b------ owed him because of the one that sent him to prison," she said. "We all owed him, and he could do whatever he wanted."
In the documentary, Stachowski was portrayed as a loving girlfriend who supported Avery in his innocence. In actuality, she said, her support was a lie.
“It was all an act," she said. "He told me how to act: smile, be happy. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to get hurt.
“ ... He’s not innocent. I ate two boxes of rat poison just so I could go to the hospital and get away from him and ask them to get the police to help me.”
Stachowski claimed that Avery, at one point, broke her car windshield.
“He choked me one night," she said. "Well, actually he started hitting me, so I called the police, and he choked me and was dragging me out the door, so we could leave before the police go there.
“And we were driving down the road and the police that were on the way pulled over, took me out of the car and asked me what was going on, and I told them and they arrested him and ordered him to stay away from me for three days.”
Avery was convicted of Halbach’s murder in 2007 after first being accused in 2005.
“He threatened to kill me and my family and a friend of mine,” Stachowski said.
“I was in the bath and he threatened to throw a blow dryer in there, and he told me that he would be able to get away with it," she added.
Stachowski said that it was “hard” having to be in the documentary and that she had “a lot of guilt” because she was supposed to have been picked up by Avery on the day of Halbach’s murder for an alcohol education class. For some reason, however, she was not released from jail that day to attend the class.
“If they would have let me out, she’d still be alive, because I would have been there,” Stachowski said.
Avery’s lawyer declined to comment to HLN on Stachowski’s claims.