The wife of "the German" had a grudge
To understand the following doozy, you have to know a little about the enduring "German" figure. It's all laid out in this blog post, but basically, a psychologically disturbed guy -- whose last name was supposedly German -- was allegedly living near the Averys at the time of Halbach's murder. He told his wife about visiting an auto salvage yard and meeting a "stupid" photographer on Halloween. Later on, the wife found a blood-stained pillowcase containing a strange woman's clothes and called the cops, worried that her husband had something to do with the Halbach case. They assured her they already had their suspect and moved on. End of story.
But that's not the crazy theory. The crazy theory is that said wife was mad at Avery for mistreating one of her dogs, so she spotted Halbach on his property, killed her, framed Avery for the crime, and then decided to (unsuccessfully) blame it on her husband instead when he pissed her off. Props to Redditor cescalina, who should probably lay off the cold medicine.
The filmmakers are criminal masterminds
Someone had to accuse directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos of engineering the whole thing for sweet Netflix cash, and so the noble soul known as TILwhofarted rose to the occasion. He/she offers zero evidence to support this claim, but considering how both Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey's trials went down, that feels right.
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Kristin Hunt is a freelance writer for Thrillist, and wants to punch Len Kachinsky more than words can express. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.