Book Review|Wrecking Crew|John Ferak

I am quite partial to a bit of true crime and actually a bit of junkie. After watching the Netflix series, Making a Murderer some time ago now, and following Steven and Brendans case for a while, I was eager to read this book.

Publisher WildBlue Press Published 20th November 2018 Genre True Crime Edition Paperback Pages 363 ISBN eBook 978-1-947290-97-6 ISBN Paperback 978-1-947290-98-3 Available on Amazon.


“Whatever you thought you believed about this infamous case, get ready to change your mind or be more convinced than ever. … Fascinating.”— New York Times bestselling author Steve Jackson

In 2016-17, while working for the USA TODAY NETWORK’s Wisconsin Investigative Team, author John Ferak wrote dozens of articles examining the murder case again Steven Avery, who had already beat one wrongful conviction only to be charged with the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2005. The case became the wildly successful Netflix “Making A Murderer” documentary.

In WRECKING CREW: Demolishing The Case Against Steven Avery, Ferak lays out in exacting detail the post-conviction strategy of Kathleen Zellner, the high-profile, high-octane lawyer, to free Avery. To write this book, Zellner, perhaps America’s most successful wrongful conviction attorney, gave Ferak unique access to the exhaustive pro bono efforts she and her small suburban Chicago law firm dedicated for a man she believes to be a victim of an unscrupulous justice system in Manitowoc County.


My Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A corking and a really fascinating read. The Netflix series Making a Murderer gave this case a violent shove in to the limelight and millions of viewers around the world watched mostly in horror as a once wrongly convicted man, released and pursing a wrongful conviction lawsuit was once again imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit just two years later. So many red flags are thrown up whilst watching the series and this book goes in to more depth, ripping back the layers of the case and reinforcing mine and manys belief in Steven and his nephew Brendans innocence. The book is titled wrecking crew and its an absolutely appropriate and fitting tile not only that, whether you have seen the series or not this book will most certainly wreck your head. I would honestly say take notes if you unfamiliar even if you are. There is so much information and it’s hard to wrap your head around the fact that a whole police department and a state in one of the world’s power house countries are so damn corrupt. To allow such injustice to occur is beyond belief, not just for the men in prison but for the victim and her family. Everyone should read this book, everyone regardless of your feelings on the case, this may just open your eyes.

About The Author

A native of Joliet, Illinois, John Ferak returned to his roots in 2017 to become the editor/reporter for the Joliet Patch. He previously spent five years with the Wisconsin Investigative Team for USA TODAY NETWORK and nine years in Nebraska at the Omaha World-Herald newspaper.
He is an authority on wrongful arrest and conviction cases. His 2016 book for WildBlue Press, FAILURE OF JUSTICE, chronicled the nation’s largest wrongful conviction case. His first book, BLOODY LIES told the story about a CSI director who went to prison for planting blood in high-profile Nebraska murder cases.

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If you are interested in keeping upto date with Stevens and Brendans case and becoming a supporter you can follow Kathleen Zellner on Twitter or the Facebook page StevenAveryProject


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