Making a Murderer fans know (and some love) reporter Aaron Keller.
Keller covered the Teresa Halbach case for NBC26, the Green Bay affiliate of NBC, starting in 2005. This week, he spoke with Rolling Stone about his own lingering questions on the Steven Avery case. He admits that he hasn’t watched Making a Murderer all the way through yet. Today, he has a law degree and teaches law at the university level. Steven Avery’s lawyers Dean Strang and Jerry Buting inspired him to get his law degree.
Keller’s questions include whether evidence that could have been used to save Avery could have been wiped away in a thunderstorm. He tells Rolling Stone, “At one point, we had to pull out of a live shot because we couldn’t have the mast for the live truck up in the sky when there’s lightning. I’m trying to remember when that was, because one of the big questions has been whether Avery’s fingerprints could have, in theory, survived on the Halbach vehicle — assuming that he had touched it — and I’m trying to remember whether there was a really bad thunderstorm within those first couple of days when she was reported missing, and when they were looking for her, because my memory seems to indicate that there might have been. Because if there was a deluge, would it have wiped away some potential evidence? But it might have been when they were searching like a year later, because there were a couple of searches in there.”
He also raises the issue of the “media environment” at the time — meaning that the reporters were largely entrenched in Manitowoc County. His station had a harder time getting evidence than the “outsiders.”
“It paints a picture, potentially, of the media environment in Green Bay at the time. Channel 2 in Green Bay was the legacy station that had primarily been No. 1 through most of its existence, and to this day, they are pretty tight with the law-enforcement community. We [employees of the NBC affiliate] were mostly outsiders. They were insiders. We were more apt to ask really tough questions because we weren’t friends with people from elementary school who worked other jobs in that area. So there were some elements of stories that the NBC station was not able to break because we didn’t have entrenched friendships.”