A week after news emerged that Steven Avery, subject of true crime documentary “Making A Murderer”, had gotten engaged to a legal secretary from Las Vegas, it appears the engagement is off — and Dr. Phil may be to blame.
According to People, Avery’s relationship with Lynn Hartman “is already over” after Avery’s family began questioning Hartman’s motives (she began writing to Avery several months ago, with the couple getting engaged when they met face-to-face for the first time).
Speaking to People on the condition of anonymity, a source claims that Avery and Hartman haven’t spoken since they taped their segments for “Dr. Phil”, with the two episodes airing on Monday, Oct. 3 and Tuesday, Oct. 4. When Avery tried to call Hartman, claimed the source, “the number is blocked,” adding: “Steven just called his mother and told her that he hasn’t talked to Lynn since she filmed ‘Dr. Phil’. Something happened at ‘Dr. Phil’.”
In addition, the source revealed that Avery’s family thinks Hartman (who has yet to comment) is only after a payday. “She sent him a letter eight months ago, and they started writing back and forth to each other,” adds the source. “If you look at the pictures of that first meeting [in prison], you can see she looks so uncomfortable touching him. I think she thought in her head, ‘I can’t actually have sex with this person.’ The family thinks she is trying to cash in by doing interviews, and now she’ll do even more about the break up.”
Avery has made the split official, calling things off by having friend and former fiancee Sandra Greenman taking to Facebook on his behalf to announce he’s ended the engagement because he now believes Hartman “is a gold-digger.”
Greenman writes: “I have a statement that I need passed around to groups. Steve called me two times tonight and wants everyone to know that Lynn and him are done. She has been in this relationship for money and publicity. His eyes are finally opened!!!”
Greenman adds: “Lynn received at least $5,000 from ‘Dr. Phil’, and he thinks more. She got another $1,000 for doing other shows. She also wanted to be on as many as possible.”