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Update: Teresa Halbach murder *Verdict alert* Steven Avery found guilty, sentenced to LWOP*

Teresa Halbach
Teresa Halbach

News Archive: Teresa Halbach murder
Avery’s Attorneys File Paperwork For Witnesses
Avery’s Lawyer Says Blood Sample Was Mishandled
Test On Blood Sample May Delay Avery’s Trial
Judge Will Not Delay Avery Trial To Test Blood
Judge reserves seating in Avery trial for families
Steven Avery Trial Coverage
Timeline of Trial
Courtroom Blog
Cleared of rape after 18 years, now convicted of murder
BREAKING NEWS: Steven Avery Guilty of Murder
Jury Finds Avery Guilty Of Halloween ’05 Murder
Steven Avery – Guilty of Murder
Wikipedia – The Steven Avery Trial
Steven Avery Found Guilty Of Killing Teresa Halbach
Defense: Brendan Dassey was under pressure to recant confession that he helped uncle Steven Avery kill Teresa Halbach
Court rejects Brendan Dassey’s request for new trial
Murderpedia: Steven Avery

Movies/Documentaries
Murder Made Me Famous: Steve Avery
Making a Murderer

Defendants
Steven Avery – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Brendan Dassey – convicted, sentenced to life in prison, not eligible for parole for at least 41 years

INMATE INFORMATION

StevenAvery prison mug

Name: AVERY, STEVEN
DOC #: 00122987
Birth Year: 1962
Age: 51
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 211
Race: WHITE
Hair Color: GRAY
Eye Color: BLUE
Sex: MALE
PhotoDate: 06/05/2007

Status: INCARCERATED
Institution: Wisconsin Secure Program Facility
Region Unit: 4 09
940 Maritime Dr
Manitowoc, WI 54220-2921
(920)683-4590

State of Wisconsin vs. Steven A. AVERY

Manitowoc County Case Number 2005CF000381

The defendant Steven A. AVERY was found guilty of the following charge(s) in this case. One or more other charges were dismissed. The dismissed charges were not proven and have no legal effect. Steven A. AVERY is presumed innocent of the dismissed charges. On one or more other charges, Steven A. AVERY was found not guilty. These charges were not proven and have no legal effect. Steven A. AVERY is presumed innocent of the not guilty charges.
Steven A. AVERY was found guilty of PTC 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide, a class A felony, Wisconsin Statutes 940.01(1)(a).
Steven A. AVERY was found guilty of Felon Possess Firearm, a class G felony, Wisconsin Statutes 941.29(2)(a).

INMATE INFORMATION

BrendanDassey prison mug

Name: DASSEY, BRENDAN R
DOC #: 00516985
Birth Year: 1989
Age: 24
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 250
Race: WHITE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BLUE
Sex: MALE
PhotoDate: 10/11/2011

Status: INCARCERATED
Institution: Green Bay Correctional Institution
Region Unit: 4 09
940 Maritime Dr
Manitowoc, WI 54220-2921
(920)683-4590

Registered Sex Offender

Registration Begin: 04/25/2007
Registration End: LIFE REGISTRATION
Compliance Status: COMPLIANT
Criminal code: 940.225(2): Second-Degree Sexual Assault

State of Wisconsin vs. Brendan R. DASSEY

Manitowoc County Case Number 2006CF000088

The defendant Brendan R. DASSEY was found guilty of the following charge(s) in this case.
PTC 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide, a class A felony, Wisconsin Statutes 940.01(1)(a).
PTC Mutilating a Corpse, a class F felony, Wisconsin Statutes 940.11(1).

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7 Responses

  1. Thoughts on the program, “Making a Murderer”, regarding this case?

    • I personally have not watched it, however I may shortly. What bothers me (so far) is that I saw an story that said key evidence is not being shown in this. If they want to show Steven Avery’s, they should also show the prosecution side. All evidence from the defense and the prosecution side.

  2. My husband and I watched the documentary. Neither of us had ever heard of this case. We do not believe beyond a shadow of doubt that Avery committed this crime. Today As I sit here I weep for the nephew. I DO NOT believe he is guilty. He deserves a new trial. God help him.

  3. The thing that bothers me is the defense taking about planted evidence etc is whilst a couple of cops ‘could” plant evidence how do they get all the csi’s/lab workers/ experts etc to be so stupid to not know it was planted. With technology today I truly believe they would realise it was planted etc so I absolutely believe he is guilty and been dreaming of doing what he did for 18 years, if not more. What makes me laugh is Avery and his supporters are happy to believe medical science and experts worked to get him or of prison after 18 years but they’re now saying the opposite and denying the science behind his LWOP conviction. Meanwhile whilst everyone is getting wrapped up in this resources are being wasted that need to help other families get justice. (By resources I mean police, courts, media, etc)

    • That’s actually not entirely true. The theory that Avery killed Halbach in the garage is contradicted by evidence. They claim he used bleach to wipe away evidence…..yet they still found dna, which the bleach would destroy. Also, at least one of the csi people admitted that she contaminated the sample, and another threw together a hastily established team and only tested THREE of the samples rather than all using junk science. Whether Avery is guilty or not the cops DEFINATELY planted some of the evidence and given the amount of money and reputations that would be lost they had a motive for forging evidence.

      Or as someone else wisely put it

      “If Avery committed the crime, he did it in a way that doesn’t match either of the prosecutions (mutually incompatible) theories of the case that they used at his and Brendan Dassey’s trial. In Dassey’s trial, Theresa was raped and had her throat cut in the bedroom in a way that would have been impossible for anyone but a trained forensic analyst to hide. In Avery’s trial, she was killed in the garage by gunshot wound to the head, which might have been possible to clean up with bleach except that it also would have removed traces of Avery’s own DNA, which were found all over the supposed scene of the crime.

      Both theories literally violate the laws of physics, and I have to wonder how any jury could possibly convict based on such utter nonsense. Maybe Wisconsin hired the water treatment team that now works in Flint and all the jurors had acute lead poisoning.

      For me, it’s pretty simple to get to the most likely scenario: 1) Ask “who benefits?”, 2) Follow the money. $36 million for a rural county would have been a tremendous blow and the careers and reputations of everyone involved in the 1985 case would have been kaput. People have committed mass murder over far less, so it’s absurd to think that a sheriff’s department that’s already been caught railroading the same guy without the monetary incentive would have any qualms about knowingly framing him. My opinion is that they found Halbach’s car and remains days earlier and then drove the car onto the Avery salvage yard and scattered the remains near the fire pit. Alternatively, the real killer(s) might have noticed their laser focus on Avery and arranged the evidence to give them what they wanted.

      Does anyone actually think Avery did it, and if so, what is your theory of the case, since the prosecution’s is physically impossible?”

      The prosecution presented two mutual incompatible theories for the same crime; which is it?

  4. Ryan, I totally agree with some of the things you’ve said and I’m just curious if you have any other thoughts about what might have happened to Teresa, what you think about the involvement of his nephew and if you think if she was actually killed by someone else then placed on the property where did they burn her body etc? Obviously I’m not expecting you to have all the answers but you’ve clearly thought about it a lot.

    The thing that keeps bugging me that is true is she was specifically requested by him to come and take the photos and she never left/was seen again so if it didn’t happen there – did she just happen to run into the killer on her way out?!
    You mention about the jury but if everybody in the town celebrated when he was released could they really find 12 people to (as you say) see that the theories deny the law of physics and not see the truth. I don’t think the actual truth has been told and we may not ever know.

    Also as you said about the police and it has been a tremendous blow and the careers and reputations of everyone involved in the1985 case are kaput but with today’s technology etc would the police really risk everything else they have to frame him, I mean we’re not just talking about reputations (which would end up ruined either way) we’re talking about their freedom – the people at the district attorneys office, cops, scientists, csi’s, they jury – if this had been to frame him and the nephew then do we really think they would all risk their careers and freedom, their families for a much huger conspiracy rather than taking the1985 case on the chin and just admit, apologise & try to come to an agreement about the lawsuit that in another few months would be “old news” I mean surely it would take only 1 person to have a conscience and say I’m not going to lie and cover up anything. With dna testing on old cases happening right now these wrongful convictions are being found all over America and whilst it’s hard for everyone involved, would they really risk even more by framing avery and his nephew – I’m just not so sure.

    All I hope is the family gets justice and if the police have used their daughter as a pawn to frame them of course I hope the truth will come out (and if it’s the case the county would end up with another huge lawsuit from Teresa’s family) and so far the nephew has been denied a retrial so that just makes things
    even more confusing because if the body &
    car were planted to frame avery how comes they aren’t both looking at new trials, with everything you’ve said about the evidence if avery didn’t do it on the property (or at all) then surely the nephew didn’t either, I mean why would the police involve him if they were out to get avery.(These are just general questions I’m putting out there, I’m not expecting you to have the answers) I just hope the extra fuss being made about avery and the wrongful rape conviction etc plus all the media surrounding this that it doesn’t end up with the nephew left in prison taking all the responsibility.

    All I can say is in my gut I believe he did it which is useless I know, I agree huge mistakes have been made. Something is truly fu**ed up about this case and it has more twists and turns than a Hollywood movie.

    My heart truly goes out to the family and the memory of Teresa as when cases get this crazy and huge the real victim gets forgotten about and I can’t imagine what her family must be going thru right now with all this coming back to haunt them again.

    P.S of course if they didn’t do it they are victims too I know but Teresa is really the true innocent victim in this and that shouldn’t be forgotten by everyone involved.

    Oh one last thought and I’m not exactly sure how things work in the US and the various states but if this all has been a cover up could or would the FBI or internal affairs not look and investigate everything to do with this case?

  5. Ryan, I totally agree with some of the things you’ve said and I’m just curious if you have any other thoughts about what might have happened to Teresa, what you think about the involvement of his nephew and if you think if she was actually killed by someone else then placed on the property where did they burn her body etc? Obviously I’m not expecting you to have all the answers but you’ve clearly thought about it a lot.

    The thing that keeps bugging me that is true is she was specifically requested by him to come and take the photos and she never left/was seen again so if it didn’t happen there – did she just happen to run into the killer on her way out?!
    You mention about the jury but if everybody in the town celebrated when he was released could the state really find 12 people to (as you say) see that the theories deny the law of physics and not see the truth. I don’t think the actual truth has been told and we may not ever know.

    Also as you said about the police and it has been a tremendous blow and the careers and reputations of everyone involved in the1985 case are kaput but with today’s technology etc would the police really risk everything else they have to frame him, I mean we’re not just talking about reputations (which would end up ruined either way) we’re talking about their freedom – the people at the district attorneys office, cops, scientists, csi’s, they jury – if this had been to frame him and the nephew then do we really think they would all risk their careers and freedom for a much
    huger conspiracy rather than taking the1985 case on the chin and just admit, apologise & try to come to an agreement about the lawsuit that in another few months would be “old news” I mean surely it would take only 1 person to have a conscience and say I’m not going to lie and cover up anything. With dna testing on old cases happening right now these wrongful convictions are being found all over America and whilst it’s hard for everyone involved, would they really risk even more by framing avery and his nephew – I’m just not so sure.

    All I hope is the family gets justice and if the police have used their daughter as a pawn to frame them of course I hope the truth will come out (and if it’s the case the county would end up with another huge lawsuit) and so far the nephew has been denied a retrial so that just makes things
    even more confusing because if the body &
    car were planted to frame avery how comes they aren’t both looking at new trials, with everything you’ve said about the evidence if avery didn’t do it on the property (or at all) then surely the nephew didn’t either, I mean why would the police involve him if they were out to get avery.(These are just general questions I’m putting out there, I’m not expecting you to have the answers) I just hope the extra fuss being made about avery and the wrongful rape conviction etc plus all the media surrounding this that it doesn’t end up with the nephew left in prison taking all the responsibility.

    All I can say is in my gut I believe he did it which is useless I know, I agree huge mistakes have been made. Something is truly fu**ed up about this case and it has more twists and
    turns than a Hollywood movie.

    My heart truly goes out to the family and the memory of Teresa as when cases get this crazy and huge the real victim gets forgotten about and I can’t imagine what her family must be going thru right now with all this coming back up again.

    P.S of course if they didn’t do it they are victims too I know but Teresa is really the true innocent victim in this and that shouldn’t be forgotten by everyone involved.

    Oh one last thought and I’m not exactly sure how things work in the US and the various states but if this all has been a cover up could or would the FBI or internal affairs not look and investigate everything to do with this case?

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