WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AND GRAPHIC CONTENT AHEAD.
I’ll start with this. If you want me to believe that this all went down the way the prosecution tells us it did, we must accept the fact that Steven Avery was both the best and worst murderer in the history of our entire planet.
This is the picture they painted through the course of a press conference and two trials.
Teresa Halbach was raped on the bed of Steven Avery by Avery himself and his cousin, 16 year-old Brendan Dassey. They’ll also have you believe that her throat was slit on that same bed, as that is what they were told (more on this later) by Dassey.
After that, she was taken to the garage where she was shot in the head and her body was mutilated before being taken a few feet outside of the window of Steven Avery to be burned.
I don’t have time to get into the case where Steven Avery was wrongly convicted and spent 18 years in a prison due to a shady police force. I’m also not going to get into the specifics of how shady this investigation was, that’s what the series is for. I promise Netflix is worth the price of a couple cups of coffee per month, order it up and enjoy.
Back to the case we’re talking about. Look at it again. Pretty obvious, right? Well.
There was no blood in the bedroom of Steven Avery, where she was thought to be raped and had her throat cut. There wasn’t any DNA at all, actually. Ditto for the garage, where she was thought to be shot in the head and dismembered.
This is where the part about Steven Avery being the most prolific murderer in history comes into play. That would be quite the clean-up job to take care of all of that. I’m not sure Dexter Morgan would be able to pull that off.
But after being so good on the clean-up, he leaves her car key just sitting in the middle of his floor? Really?
He leaves her car completely unharmed and sitting near the entrance of his family compound for days after the murder? Really?
If you don’t know, the Avery family lived on a compound that doubled as their auto salvage business. Yes, they crushed cars on a daily basis. Yes, we’re supposed to believe that he didn’t feel like crushing the car of the woman he murdered.
This is where the part about Steven Avery being the least prolific murder in history comes into play. There’s just not a whole lot of logic here.
I also want to speak briefly on the scenes that show us the interrogation of his 16 year-old cousin, Brendan Dassey. He’s not all there mentally and even asked if he could return to school(!) after confessing to raping, murdering and dismembering a woman. When he was finally able to speak to his mom, he mentioned how disappointed he was that he’ll be missing Wrestlemania.
The police spend hours trying to get a confession out of him. He’s literally guessing the entire time. They keep asking him what happened to her head (she was shot) and at one point he even guesses, “we cut her hair.”
Finally, the police get impatient and ask which one of them shot her. His response is obviously, “he did.”
That’s enough for the police as they leave the room and hold a press conference shortly after creating this wild story about a guy and his young nephew typing up a woman, raping her, cutting her, shooting her in the head and chopping her up before throwing her remains in a bonfire. All from the words, “he did.”
As for the jury, that’s a bit tricky as well. When they were initially polled heading into deliberations, seven of them believed Avery was innocent, while three believed he was guilty and two were undecided.
Less than a day later, the guilty verdict came back. Makes a ton of sense, huh? They even found him not guilty(!!!) on the dismemberment of a body. I have no idea how to explain that one.
Shortly after and after a separate trial, Brendan Dassey was found guilty as well.
After the exact same prosecutor, Ken Kratz (my stomach turned typing his name), spent the entire Avery trial convincing the jury that Avery alone was a monster and completely responsible for the death of Teresa Haibach; he then turned around and argued that Dassey was integral and held just as much responsibility as Avery. This resulted in a life sentence for a 17 year-old, mentally disabled kid that ‘confessed’ alone in a room with police officers.
And I don’t want to forget to mention this; by charging Steven Avery with the murder, the county saved themselves $35,600,000 dollars on a pending lawsuit (only paying out the settlement of $400K, which Avery used to hire his defense team) filed by Avery for the wrongful imprisonment with the way they handled his first arrest and trial. I’ll just leave that there.
If you haven’t seen it and your head is spinning, you’ll just have to watch. It’s way too much to break down here.
I’m not even saying that I’m positive Steven Avery innocent. Could being in prison have turned him into a killer, mentally? Perhaps. We know he’s a bit of a psycho, burning cats for the fun of it, running people off the roads and not owning any underwear whatsoever.
We also know that there is some key evidence that the documentary didn’t show. Most notably, that there was sweat in the car of Teresa Halbach that linked back to Steven Avery.
Also, his behavior on the day of the murder was pretty suspect to say the least. Covering up his phone calls to Halbach with *67 and using a fake name when he specifically asked for her to come out to take photos of his vehicle.
You can read a more complete argument of his guilt here. If you want to see an argument of his innocence, just google the name ‘Steven Avery’ or watch ‘Making A Murderer’ on Netflix.
As for what really happened, your guess is as good as mine. The suspects I assumed had something to do with it lined up exactly with the thoughts the defense attorneys of Steven Avery had. You’ll see them littered all over Reddit boards.
Did Avery have a role, albeit a smaller one? Maybe. Is he completely innocent? Perhaps. Did he do it and all the shady police work and evidence suggesting otherwise is just a huge coincidence? Could be. As Elaine Benes once said, there are degrees of coincidences.
In conclusion, there’s about a billion details I didn’t even get into because this story is one of the wildest things I’ve ever heard in my life. I’d literally turn it off if it was a movie because it’d be so unbelievable. But these are the things I wanted to point out and share my thoughts on.
Feel free to hit me up on twitter and let me know any of your thoughts as well.