As I have written in our first three parts of the Making a Murderer special – Part 1 – What is Making A Murderer, Part 2 – The Facts Not Shown in the Documentary , Part 3 – Was There a Conspiracy and How? Manitowoc, PD. – this has turned into the biggest “Who Done It?” in history and all the allegations and evidence in the Steven Avery case raises deeply troubling questions about the actions and real intentions of certain Manitowoc law enforcement officers, judicial officials, and the earlier defense teams of a young Brendan Dassey; officials who were convinced to their very core of the two men’s guilt even before their convictions.
It’s clear Steven Avery’s lawyers wanted to argue someone else on the property at least could have done the crime, and that the cops – thinking (hoping to God) it was Steven Avery who would be the guilty one. So in theory these couple of police could easily have planted the evidence pointing a solid finger at Avery, thus having the heat of a career ending lawsuit for $35 million taken off them.
Avery’s original defense team was prevented from discussing other possible suspects in court. The filmmakers don’t tell you that those suspects were all related to the Avery clan and surrounded the salvage yard at the same time Teresa vanished. They included Steven Avery’s brothers, Earl and Charles Avery, his brother-in law Scott Tadych, his nephew Bobby Dassey and even Brendan Dassey. But with all those damaging “confessions,” Avery ultimately never did choose to blame Dassey at trial.
But not all the Dassey’s are against each other. Brad Dassey has made a Christian rap song about his brother and his uncle’s proclaimed innocence. Nothing about his step-dad or other brother…
The details and allegations below come directly from court documents, including the appellate decision and a 2009 post-conviction motion filed in court by the defense. Tons of research done on this case and sources listed at the bottom. My opinions have been added.
Steven Avery did it, with or without the help of Brendan Dassey Theory:
There is the scenario that the State says is clearly the way it happened:
Oct. 31st, Teresa Halbach had three appointments to photograph vehicles for sale for Auto Trader magazine. The Avery Auto Salvage was slated to be her last stop of the day. She was running late to all her appointments.
Steven called in her office to demand they send her over. Even though she told a few people she was creeped out by Steven Avery, she goes to the property anyway. Steven then calls her personally on her cell phone twice using *67 (caller ID block) and says he is his sister in one of the messages left. Steven then tells everyone on the property he has to meet Halbach for pictures to sell his sister’s car. The State’s assumption here is Avery is making it SO obvious that he will not become a suspect later if it looks like Teresa never made her appointment. So Steven counts on he won’t be investigated if he makes one more call on her cell phone without *67 to find out where she is after she was supposed to be there. Only she’s been seen by a multitude of witnesses on the property at the time she is there, Steven still goes ahead with his plan.
Avery has planned out kidnapping Teresa when she goes to his door and takes her car away to fool all witnesses. (He could be doing so with a living victim, but that’s not even brought up in the State’s case at all.)
So during this scenario – Steven gets back quickly for sexual gratification, having time to involve his bumbling nephew (if he was there) in a few grotesque acts as they have their way with her. The boy goes home without his mother noticing any signs of trouble at all. Steven talks to his girlfriend calmly for 15 min, goes back to his plan. Brendan returns, they torture her, stab her, shoot her five time with one in the head. Avery disposes of Halbach (with Brendan) as they shoot her in the house and garage (because the State cannot prove where she died but they have two scenarios), build a fire, twist Teresa Halbach in with tires and make their bonfire. They manage to clean up a bloody crime scene so absolutely spotless of her blood but leave deer blood one the floor, all while they go on leaving a car full of evidence on their property as they leave for the family cabin the next day.
Both men did this without the knowledge of anyone else on the property or the people they communicated with at the time of the murder and disposal. Both this man and a 16-year old boy with an IQ less than that of a High School dropout did all that.
Even when they come back from the cabin, Avery still does not dispose of the car while he has a crusher on site and has been questioned by police and reporters about him being the last to see her. Avery is still counting on the fact he won’t be a suspect if he now says he saw her leave, made the call and someone planted any evidence found.
Like I said in part 3 of this series, something isn’t adding up.
Motive: Even with Avery’s life going as well at that point in time, as he was poised to certainly win $400,000 in a pre-suit that would let him stay in a multi-million-dollar civil lawsuit against Manitowoc officials for his 18-year wrongful conviction. Even after Avery had become a bit of a Wisconsin celebrity with a law in his name about to be signed. With all that, Steven Avery was sexually targeting Teresa Halbach as revenge for her being disgusted over the time Avery (allegedly) opened his front door to her only wearing a towel.
The State’s case also sets their motive; because Avery had a girlfriend who was in jail (Jodi), his impulsive sexual deviancy set him on a course to kidnap a woman known to be coming onto his property.
So this is how, the State explains, no one ever saw the victim again after her stop at the salvage yard, why her cremains were found on the property, and why there were multiple calls to her cell phone from Steven Avery’s phone, including calls using *67 to block his ID, as the appeal defense lawyers’ documentation shows. The key and bullet later found by Manitowoc’s police that were not supposed to be on the scene.
Evidence & Problems with this Theory:
If you just look at the time period around when Avery says she stayed for ten minutes and the propane man saw a RAV4 leave (driver not identified), the time the bus driver sees Teresa, the time amount of horrific things done to a poor woman, shot and killed her, dispose of her body and Avery still had the ability to do all this with his very slow nephew and avoided being seen?
I wonder why if the propane man is close enough to notice the car, he also would have heard the gunshots around the time seeing the car. No one on or near the junkyard heard any shots on the property that day.
Jodi calls Steven from Jail (this is from the documentary when Jodi gets the phone bill records – audio is heard)
-Jodie calls him at 5:36 – talked for 15 min
-Jodi calls at 8:57 he already was in bed like Steven says he was
Never a sound of being tired, rushed or worn out – if he had done everything the State says in just 6 hours.
Still why would Halbach’s bones have ended up in a burn pit on the salvage yard property where Avery lived and why was sweat DNA found under her car’s hood latch?
The only physical evidence linking Steven Avery to the crime: his blood in Halbach’s car (found on the property), his DNA on Halbach’s key (found in his bedroom), and Halbach’s DNA found on a bullet in his garage. Again, all this is the evidence Avery’s lawyers attacked as planted. Along with the alarming question of how Teresa’s key was discovered with not even a single drop of her DNA on it. Also, where are the rest of her keys that are shown in the picture above with Teresa and her RAV4?
Buting also called out former District Attorney Ken Kratz for “continuing his public misinformation campaign.
“He is making statements he should know are untrue, like claims about Steven Avery’s ‘sweat DNA‘ being found on the hood latch of the Rav4,” says Buting. “There is no such thing as ‘sweat DNA.’ DNA is found in all nucleated cells, but there has never been a test to determine that a sample of DNA came specifically from perspiration.” He adds: “What Attorney Kratz also has not mentioned is that there are many studies that show ‘touch DNA‘ can be innocently transferred from one object to another, or one person to another, without any connection to a crime. Whether the mechanism is via shed skin cells is as yet unknown. Because evidence can be transferred from one object to another evidence techs know they must change gloves after each area tested to avoid contamination.” Buting concludes: “The crime lab analyst admitted in the Avery trial that he opened the hood latch without changing gloves, so he may have been the source of that DNA Attorney Kratz keeps mentioning. Moreover, none of Avery’s fingerprints were found anywhere in or on the car, including the hood.”
The Usual Suspects?
The Avery clan had a long history of violence against women. It’s not unthinkable that any one of them might have tried to lure and sexually assault the young photographer.
And there’s no reason any member of the Avery clan couldn’t have done any of his calls with Steven Avery’s phone.
Imagine the scenario where one or more of the extended family members murdered Teresa. If the police hadn’t come planting evidence, that person could have tried to blackmail Steven Avery out of some of his settlement he was just about to receive.
Needless to say, for any of these theories to work, the police STILL had to have a hand in a cover-up. This is something I DO believe happened, since the police officers in question of “finding” evidence have a much stronger motive to pin the murder on Steven than they did to go after any of the other Averys. If Steven was the murderer, their settlement payment problems vanish into thin air and their reputations were well on the way to repair, just like it has so happened.
Ryan Hillegas: Teresa’s ex-boyfriend killed her (maybe with help Teresa’s roommate Scott).
Teresa Halbach’s ex-boyfriend and her roommate look bad without having a single scrap of evidence against them. 8:00 AM Nov. 2nd records show inbox activity on her phone, something was going on here? (The States theory is that Avery destroyed the phone in the bonfire Oct. 31st) The state does not know, or has even investigated, who had access to her phone accounts. About the phone records: Mark Halbach also testified in court that he figured out his sister’s password and listened to her phone messages on the 3rd of November and did not erase any messages from the full inbox. Nov. 4th messages had been found erased on her inbox, why? She is missing, she is still not found! Nov. 5th her car found.
Hillegas testified that after Halbach went missing, he hacked into her voicemail and he guessed her password successfully so he could listen to her messages, which strikes some as very suspicious and highly unlikely to guess a password. A cell phone expert testified that though Halbach’s voicemail filled up in the days after her death, some messages had been deleted days after the 31st – did Hillegas delete them because they made him look guilty?
If this is to work, Hillegas would have had to stalk and kill Halbach, planted the car, and her remains back or near on the Avery property. His main involvement in the search and maybe leading the finder of the car to the right location to look on the Avery farm where he or police planted the car, thus throwing off suspicion to himself.
A friend had testified that Halbach had been getting calls for a few weeks’ prior to her missing. It was the same phone number she recognized and would not pick up the calls. She didn’t want to talk to this person.
Scott had not reported her missing for 4 days. Scott had told Ryan that Teresa was missing. He found her cell phone records, he found a username that worked, and guessed her password. Her sister’s birthday is what he claims it was, but does not remember the password on the stand. He talked to her on Sunday the day before she went missing but does not remember what time. He was never questioned or treated as a suspect. He was able to get past checkpoints on Nov. 4th, the Friday after she went missing. He was a coordinator that asked Pam and Nichole Sterm, Saturday morning, if anyone checked the Avery farm, to which she she volunteered. Scott borrowed her his digital camera
Motive: Usually when a person, especially a woman, is murdered, investigators put boyfriends and ex-boyfriends at the top of their list of potential suspects, as intimate partner violence is exceedingly common. Yet Hillegas was never treated as a suspect by investigators. He claims not to know that Teresa and roommate Scott might have “hooked up.” Was there a three-way jealousy going on here?
Other than his cold and strange demeanor and the way he comes off as way too calm and full of a cockiness smerk for someone in his position, that of one trying to desperately find an ex-lover, I don’t see much from this angle
Earl Avery: According to the defense’s motion, Earl had been charged in 1995 with sexually assaulting two relatives. He was allegedly hunting rabbits with a gun the day Halbach disappeared, had been riding around the property on a golf cart, and had easy and regular access to the property. The defense claimed that a cadaver dog alerted on part of a golf cart on the property. According to the defense, Earl allegedly knew Halbach was coming to the property. He gave searchers the permission to search the lot. When police came to take a DNA sample, he allegedly hid in an upstairs bedroom under clothes.
According to CCAP and news reports, Earl was later charged criminally with setting up hidden cameras in his house to photograph women (several years after the defense post-conviction motion and well after Avery’s conviction). According to a news report from 2012, he was “accused of videotaping people in various stages of nudity” at his home, including a teenage girl and adult women and small children, both boys and girls – including two girls as young as 3. According to a news account, the criminal complaint said he tried to burn the tapes.
According to CCAP, he was convicted of two misdemeanor counts of invading privacy by using a surveillance device. He was sentenced to six months in jail and two years of probation. According to CCAP, he was also previously convicted of battery and fourth degree sexual assault in 1995.
Charles Avery: According to the defense’s motion, Charles had allegedly “assaulted his former wife and had an aggressive history with women who came to the Avery Salvage Yard.” In 1999, this man was charged with sexual assault with use of force for a case involving his then wife. The criminal complaint stated that she also reported he had tried to strangle her with a phone cord and told her that, “If she did not shut up, he would end it all.” In another criminal complaint filed the same day, she alleged he had violated a domestic abuse injunction, entering her residence without permission, ripping the phone from her hands when she tried to call the police, and blocking the door.
The defense motion says that the Sheriff’s Department interviewed a woman who had business on the property and who allegedly said Charles had started to send her flowers and repeatedly asked her to go on dates, “which she found disturbing.” He allegedly sent candy to her home. She allegedly told her co-workers she was afraid of him. Another woman allegedly said she had a similar experience. The defense alleged there was jealousy between Charles and Steven’s girlfriend, she had allegedly stated that she was afraid of Charles because he had allegedly come to Avery’s home with a shotgun because he was angry they were dating. She allegedly said she awoke once to find him in her residence.
He was on the property regularly. He had allegedly asked Steven Avery if “the photographer” had come to the yard the day she disappeared, according to another man. He allegedly told law enforcement that he recalled Steven may have left work to “go and meet with a girl to take some pictures.” He allegedly had no alibi for the night. He is a hunter with access to guns. According to CCAP, Charles was found guilty in the following cases: violating a domestic abuse injunction in 1999; of bail jumping in 1999; and of disorderly conduct in 1998. He also entered into a deferred prosecution agreement for a third-degree sexual assault charge that resulted in it being dismissed. In 1999, a restraining order was issued against him.
The Brother’s Avery Theory:
Chuck and Earl Avery killed Halbach and framed their brother. Or one or both brothers helped Steven.
Motive: According to TMZ, the defense also had the Avery brothers on their list of possible alternate suspects. Steven Avery filed legal documents in 2009 which pointed the finger at his brothers, saying there had been a fight over the family business and that the pair was jealous of the multi-million dollar settlement he was expected to get from his civil case.
Evidence: Chuck and Earl lived and worked on the Avery property and had access to all the same locations where evidence was found. Both have disturbing criminal histories, including allegations of rape, child molestation and violence against women. The day that Halbach’s car was found “hidden” in the Averys’ salvage yard, Earl was working and allowed volunteers to search the lot for Halbach’s car – which they found in less 30 minutes. According to the documents filed by Steve Avery, Charles Avery had allegedly harassed at least three women who visited the junkyard within a month of Halbach’s death.
Scott Tadych: Scott is Brendan’s step-dad and Barbara Dassey’s husband and Steven’s step-brother. Scott claimed he left the property to go hunting. He is the only alibi for Bobby Dassey as they crossed paths on the highway. Scott was on the stand caught exaggerating the level of flames he supposedly seen on his return to the lot. On the stand he was making it sound like a raging inferno of at least 10-feet high and as tall as the barn. But once confronted with his police statements from the night, the flames were only 3-feet high.
A co-worker allegedly reported Scott approached him to sell a .22 rifle. A .22 rifle was believed to be the murder weapon in the case. A co-worker allegedly stated that Scott left work on the day Steven Avery was arrested and was a “nervous wreck”.
Charged in 1994 with criminal trespass and battery, a criminal complaint alleged Scott went to a woman’s home at 3 a.m. and knocked on her bedroom window. Then he allegedly walked into her home and stated, “You will die for this, b-tch.” Then Scott allegedly knocked out a man with the woman unconscious.
Three years later, he was charged with recklessly causing bodily harm to another male, as well as disorderly conduct and damage to property.
He allegedly swung at a woman, pushed her down basement stairs, pulled her hair, and punched an 11-year-old and then damaged property.
In 1998, he was charged with trespass and disorderly conduct for allegedly entering his mother’s home without permission. He allegedly shoved her and called her vile names.
In 2001, a woman filed a petition for a temporary restraining order against Scott, alleging he threatened her repeatedly, spit on her car, and pushed his way into her home.
In 2001, he allegedly assaulted the woman again, shoving her and punching her. This man had easy access to the salvage yard property, and admitted he was on it twice on the day that Halbach disappeared. His alibi in the case was one of the other people on the alternative suspect list.
On CCAP, the state’s court website: last criminal case was a conviction in 2002 for disorderly conduct. Also convicted of the following cases – per CCAP: 1998 of criminal trespass to dwelling; 1997 for disorderly conduct; battery in 1997; and battery in 1995.
Scott has a known violent and volatile personality. His co-workers allegedly described him as a short-tempered angry person capable of murder. He was allegedly described as a chronic liar who blows up at people, “screams a lot” and is a “psycho.”
Scott was the only family member seen to have had great pleasure in Steven being found guilty. On live TV, he said about Avery’s conviction saying, “What happened yesterday is the best thing in the world,” adding, “He got what he got comin’ to him.”. Still his wife’s son was being convicted of the very same crime. Odd
Bobby Dassey: Meanwhile, a very nervous Bobby Dassey’s testimony at trial had notable inconsistencies and misleading statements as well as with Scott Tadych.
Bobby has admitted to being on the property at the time Halbach showed up. His only alibi was Scott Tadych, as they both stated they saw each other on the highway to go hunting at that time. Scott allegedly told police that Scott would be able to “verify precisely what time he had seen” him. “He did not explain why that time would be so important” that Scott would remember it so precisely, the motion says. Also, Scott made it a point to say he allegedly had taken a shower both before and after returning from hunting.
“A physical examination of (Bobby) allegedly showed that he had scratches on his back. He told law enforcement that the scratches were from a puppy.” A doctor stated it was unlikely since they were over a week old.
DA Kratz asked Bobby if on Nov. 3rd Avery had made a joke? Bobby then says that Avery told him and a friend, “Wanna help him get rid of the body?” Teresa Halbach isn’t even reported missing by this time. Ex-DA Kratz is the one to bring this fact up in court while Bobby is on the stand and the only reason Kent asked this, is because Bobby brought up this “joke” and when it supposedly happened.
It was the third-party friend who reported “the joke” to police. Kratz brings it up in court to make Avery look dirty again but it backfires as Avery’s lawyer have a statement from another friend who says he (this friend) made the joke up and told Avery if they “could help with getting rid of the body,” to which they all laughed. This witness says this joke actually took place on Nov. 10th. Why is Bobby lying so much? He never told investigators about that joke until he was to head to the stand to testify in court, so why tell Kratz this now? Bobby Dassey does put himself as the very last person to ever see Teresa Halbach alive from out of his window.
Father and Son Theory:
Scott Tadych (Avery’s brother-in-law) and Bobby Dassey (Avery’s nephew and Branden Dassey’s brother) killed Halbach (purposefully or accidentally) and framed Avery for the crime, then sat back and watched as the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department separately did the very same thing.
Evidence: With the amount of evidence found on the Avery property, the real killer would still likely be someone who had similar access and opportunity, both to Halbach herself and the Avery property. A number of other Avery clan members who also lived on the property at the time,
With Barbara’s car for sale, Halbach came to photograph it for Auto Trader magazine, and Tadych more than likely was privy to her visit. Bobby Dassey testified to seeing Halbach taking pictures of his mother’s car, but was never fingerprinted or asked for submitted DNA. The trailer where the family lived was not searched, so there’s no way of knowing if there was evidence linking them to Halbach’s murder, because they were not investigated.
The pair conveniently had alibis for each other at the time of the murder. Both claimed to have gone hunting that afternoon/evening, but not together, and said they passed each other on the highway during the window of time Halbach is believed to have been killed – but there are no other witnesses to offer further corroboration. Bobby Dassey’s testimony at trial had notable inconsistencies and misleading statements, and an unrelated examination the same week as the murder reportedly revealed that Bobby had scratches on his back.
Tadych, meanwhile, has a long history of being violent towards women, and showed a strange level of enthusiasm for his brother-in-law’s conviction (he called it “the best thing to happen to this family ever”) despite knowing his son-in-law, Branden, was facing similar charges. Meanwhile, shortly after Halbach’s death, a co-worker of Tadych’s claimed that he was trying to sell a .22 rifle, the same as the gun believed to be the murder weapon, which he said belonged “to one of the Dassey boys.”
Motive: There could be two motives in the works here. One: The two wanted to frame Steven for part of his upcoming lawsuit money. Two: Either one of these two men could have targeted and accidentally taken things too far with Teresa Halbach causing her death, forcing the other to help cover up the mistake. Three: If they killed Teresa and seeing Steven take the fall was great but also having the very slow and “stupid” Brendan out of the way was an added bonus for the two while still maintaining a happy family lifestyle with the mother of Brendan, Barbara Dassey.
After all, the case is based on that he was the last known person to see her alive, because she was photographing a van on the property. Bobby had put himself as being one of the last to see her alive, but why did investigators not look into Scott’s arriving at the same time Halbach went missing? Bobby also puts his Scott as heading toward the yard when he says they crossed paths in their alibis.
The Perfect Storm theory
My Theory: Fully suggesting that the police didn’t care about who killed Halbach, but wanted Avery to take the fall because his multi-million dollar civil suit settlement was going to bankrupt the county, they themselves also wanted to humiliate many members in local law enforcement and ruin the careers of people in law enforcement and the government had made off of Steven Avery’s first conviction 18 years prior.
Evidence: Avery’s lawyers, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, pointed to Lenk and Colborn’s continued involvement in the investigation even after the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department was taken off the case. In fact, Lenk and Colborn were present for, or linked to, discovery of a couple key pieces of physical evidence, including the key to Halbach’s RAV-4, which was suddenly found in Avery’s trailer after it had already been searched multiple times to no avail. Not to mention, on the same day that Halbach was reported missing, Colborn called in a license plate number that matched Halbach’s plates. Two days later, her car was found by a couple of volunteer searchers, only the plates had been removed and tossed into another nearby vehicle.
Nov. 3rd – 9pm, Teresa’s mom reports her missing
Nov. 3rd – After that call, Manitowoc gets a call for assistance in the missing case – Colborn gets the call – He is asked to check two residences, the Avery’s farm and the Zipperer home, to see if she did check in on Monday the 31st of Oct. – Colborn only goes to the Avery junkyard.
Nov. 3rd – Lt. James Lenk chief detective calls Calumet County to check in on the Halbach report . He was not asked for, it was not his case, it’s in another county, but he took it upon himself to find out more. Offers to assist because Avery’s name is brought up. Why?
Nov. 3rd – Colborn makes a phone call about Teresa Halbach’s license plate number and is told it is a missing person’s vehicle. Colborn says the make of car, which he was not even supposed to know. On the stand, Colborn cannot explain why the call was made in, why he knew the plate numbers, or why he knew the make of car. He says he was not looking at the plates when he called them in. Says Mark Weigert must have given him the number.
Nov. 3rd – 4th – Here I believe that Colborn found the car and body of Teresa Halbach, already shot and murdered. Colborn coordinates with Lenk and Wiegert and they can’t prove it is Steven for sure, so they decide to do what they must to make it so. They plant the car on the Avery yard.
Nov. 5th – Before the car is found, Mark Wiegert calls Calumet PD and says that his boss has a new plan and wants to check the Avery grounds. First search party is out there but they want permission to look, which they had already been given. Wiegert meets with, and gathers, men in one area to plan.
Nov. 5th – Car is found by a volunteer who is told where to look and has a direct line to an officer given to her, as well as the only camera of the day is given to her. Even before they check, they secure the car before they have searched the car or find any evidence of blood, before they even know if Teresa Halbach is hurt or even dead, the call on the radio as the police head to junkyard was Det. Jacobs, who asked, “Do we have body or not? Do we have Steven Avery in custody though?“. The first bone is not found for three days but the police have a lazer focus on who they want to be guilty. Steven is at a family cabin 96 miles north, his brother is running the yard and gave permission to search.
Colborn must have found the car and Halbach’s body in an entirely different location, and with the help of one more (Lenk and maybe Wiegert) they burned her body to get rid of any other forensic evidence/DNA of anyone else and then planted her remains and the car on the Avery property, removing the plates and stashing them elsewhere to increase the chances of one the items being found first.
If they did indeed have access to the RAV-4 before it was officially discovered, Lenk and Colborn could have planted additional evidence, as the defense also proposed at trial, that Avery’s blood, a vial of which was stored at the city clerk’s office, was used. Lenk was one of the few people who knew about the blood vial and would have had access to it and the box the vial was stored in; the vial itself appeared to have been tampered with. (Ultimately, the State had the FBI create a test which their expert witness claimed proved the blood in Halbach’s car couldn’t have come from the vial, but the defense’s witness disagreed that such a conclusive result could be reached.)
Why three burn sites? Simple. Trying to do a cover up, even for a police officer would leave one in a panic state still. Burning a body would add to that “WTF am I doing” high stress moment. To eradicate evidence they burn the body with tires at the main gravel pit, then move the remains to the burn pit with the phone underneath and the rest in the bon-fire pit for the set-up. Too bad it must have been dark because they forgot some stuff at the original gravel pit.
Bobby Dassey, had testified for the prosecution that he looked out the window of his trailer to see Halbach about 2:30 p.m. that day. He said he last saw her walking toward Avery’s trailer next door. Kent contradicts his very own theory that Teresa was fearful of Avery if he’s going with Bobby’s account.
The police officers in question were not among the four alternative murder suspects presented by the defense in a motion denied by the judge. Nor do I think they had a hand in the murder, unless these are some very cold-hearted police and we honestly cannot look past that notion with so much political and law enforcement corruption being discovered around the nation today.
The only suspect the judge would allow the jury to hear about was his 16-year-old nephew Branden Dassey, who had confessed – and unconfessed – and we later learn Branden was told what to say in his “confession” and another even more damaging “confession” orchestrated by his very own lawyer, (the drawing) which was later made admissible in court.
Put all these ingredients together and you have the perfect storm that is Making a Murderer out of Steven Avery and young Dassey.
The Oct. 31st Timeline
2:40 This only comes from Bobby Dassey’s account – he says he saw Teresa arrive and from his window he saw her head toward Avery’s trailer. He says he got out of the shower and left by 2:40-2:45 pm because that’s when he wanted to go hunting by 3:00PM. Halbach’s car was still in the driveway by his account when he drove away. Crossed paths with his Dad on the highway and they are the only two to have alibis with each other and their times.
Phone records show Halbach’s cell phone itself made no more activity from this point on.
A propane delivery man says he saw the Rav-4 leave the Avery property while he was filling up his tank at a nearby station. He says that he usually fills up at 3:30 and it takes a half an hour.
The first defense witness testified that she saw a woman outside the trailers about 3:30 p.m. Lisa Buchner, who drove the bus that took Dassey’s younger brothers to and from school, said she remembered the scene because she wondered why the woman was taking photographs of “that piece of junk.” The bus driver should be considered the most trusted source in this. It is her job to be at certain locations at the same time five days a week. 3:40, sounds like it’s probably the most accurate. Assuming this is a more correct time than Halbach gave her boss and the 2:20 expected time on the Avery’s answering machine, it would also line up with the propane delivery man as well as Avery’s statement that Teresa was on the property for only 10 minutes.
Steven Avery says he only met with Teresa Halbach for a few moments as he gave her money, she gave him a bill of sale and a magazine. She drove off as Steven, and as he went inside to drop off the items, he comes back outside and Bobby Dassey’s car was gone also.
Branden arrives at the Avery property from school on the school bus. (In the “confession”) Brendan says he heads to Steven’s to give him mail.
Steven Avery calls Halbach’s cell phone without using the caller ID block that he’d used earlier in the day when she was late for their appointment. Avery is not the smartest person in Wisconsin by any stretch and to think that he’d destroy the phone and then call it 14 minutes later to establish an alibi would imply he knew about as much as anyone else in 2005 about cell pinging, tracking and towers at that time.
So why the call? It could be a pocket dial because she was the last number he’d called on that phone or another person trying to cover up their tracks with Avery’s phone. Her phone records and tracking really have to be looked at with today’s technology if possible.
Steven calls his girlfriend, who is in jail for 15 minutes. It is recorded and not only does Steve sound calm and collected, flirtatious and playful, he also sounds stationary and indoors.
Branden is back home and talks to his mom before she has to leave for the hospital to visit someone.
Branden gets a call from his brother’s boss. He tells the man that his brother is out trick-or-treating.
This is when Steven calls Branden over for a bonfire. Branden’s mother told him he had to be home by a certain time. They spend two hours driving around the lot looking for things to throw in the fire. A significant window of time to do what the State claims. No one on the property noticed anything odd.
Again, Avery talks with his girlfriend in prison and, again, it is a calm, normal conversation. By now everyone on the property is at home and none of them report any strange activity from this point forward.
The family, including Steven Avery, leave the next day to go to a cabin 100 miles away from the salvage yard so not only did Steve have to commit this crime and dispose of the body within very short windows, he also had to clean the crime scene so well that not a single drop of blood, sweat, hair, skin, saliva, fingernail or any other bit of DNA was ever found linking Halbach to that property.