The Making a Murderer saga has yet to come to an end, and why would it? Steven Avery remains in prison and the Internet is still going WILD with theories over who really killed Teresa Halbach, from an FBI cold case investigator throwing out his opinion on who really murdered her, to genius YouTube commenters tying up loose ends to explain Colborn’s 911 call about Teresa’s car happened, time doesn’t stop when you’re an amateur sleuth.
But now the mania has jumped across the pond, with the UK-based website Mirror having taken it upon themselves to interview former Scotland Yard detectives and see what their opinion on Steven Avery’s case was. Unsurprisingly, they call assloads of bullshit – starting with Chris Burke, a former anti terrorist branch officer and Detective Superintendent:
Chris said: “It’s as plain as the nose on your face that this has been a total police fit up. The first wrongful conviction of rape was bad enough but this is an absolute outrage.
“It took six or seven searches to find Teresa’s car key which was then found by officers who were involved in the first case against Steven.
“If Steven killed Teresa why would he hide her vehicle on his own car lot? Why wouldn’t he have driven it somewhere else?
“If Teresa was tied up, stabbed and killed on the bed inside Steven’s trailer as stated in Brendan’s confession then where is the forensic evidence?
“My guess is that someone else on that site killed Teresa and saw the bonfire Steven and Brendan had set and took the opportunity to put her body in there when they weren’t around.
…”The whole thing reminds me of the case of Colin Stagg who was wrongly accused of the murder of Rachel Nikell who was killed on Wimbledon Common in 1992. The police were so sure they had their man they focused fully on him and didn’t keep an open mind.
“Were there other people in Teresa’s case that the police could have looked at ? You just have to watch the show to see that there were.”(via)
Mirror also interviewed Callum Sutherland, an ex-Met Detective Sergeant and the acting vice President for the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. Unlike Burke, Sutherland believes Avery DID kill Teresa Halbach and that we’re not giving him enough credit when it comes to his ability to clean up crime scenes:
Callum said: “I think Steven Avery is guilty and the documentary is edited in such a way to make us question that guilt.
“There’s been a lot made about the lack of forensic evidence in the case. I think there’s no forensics in the trailer because the victim was killed in Avery’s garage. If he and Brendan had killed her on a sheet they could have simply burned it.
“There’s not always a lot of blood when someone is murdered, it very much depends on how it’s done.
“Brendan said he slit Teresa’s throat but it may have been nothing more than a nick. There may not have been a lot of blood when she was stabbed because if, as Brendan confessed, the knife went into her heart most of the bleeding would most likely have been internal.
…”I think they tried to clean up that blood but that the light wasn’t great by then and they couldn’t see it all. When the police look for blood stains they use bright lights which Avery and Dassey wouldn’t have had access to at that time.
“I think the police made a lot of mistakes during the investigation which gave the defence room for manipulation. Most of those mistakes were due to a lack of experience in dealing with such huge cases and could have been made in Britain 20 years or so ago.”(via)
However, ex-Detective Inspector of 20 years Rod Goddard, who has also worked as a criminal defense barrister, disagrees with Sutherland. Via Mirror:
Rod said: “A criminal trial is about “proof”, not “truth”.
“None of us actually know whether Steven Avery murdered Teresa, only he knows that. The question to be asked now is did he get a fair trial and the answer is almost certainly no and neither did Brendan Dassey .
“In Steven’s trial, the prosecution’s case theory is that Teresa was murdered in the garage, thus explaining the lack of forensic evidence in his trailer.
“You simply cannot rape, stab and slit someone’s throat in a bed without leaving a mass of forensic evidence behind.
“In Brendan’s trial they asked the Jury to believe his confession that Teresa was tied up on the bed, stabbed and had her throat cut. Which was it?
“It seems to me that the prosecution can’t have it both ways. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened had the two men been on trial together, which is probably why that didn’t happen.
…”There were many worrying aspects to the investigation of the case . The classic and often repeated failure in major crime investigations is that the Investigators decide early on who they think is guilty and then fail to investigate anyone else and exclude other evidence that doesn’t fit with that theory.
“There were other potential suspects but little investigation of them.
“That all having been said, you cannot escape the fact that Teresa’s body was found in a bonfire that Steven lit a few yards from his house shortly after her disappearance.
“Also that she was known to have visited his house at the material time and that he was the last person to see her alive. He would certainly have been one of the prime suspects.
As for the victim’s car key that mysteriously appeared in Avery’s trailer having lain there undetected for seven or so video recorded previous searches of the crime scene, you don’t have to be a Scotland Yard Detective to form your own conclusions of that.”(via)
Regardless of whether you think Steven Avery killed Teresa Halbach, one thing is for sure – the guy really, REALLY did not get a fair trial.