His lawyer has spent her own money to prove he's innocent
Kathleen may bring up the fact that Steven’s nephews Brendan and Bobby Dassey — who live on the same property as Steven — were found to give inconsistent statements during Steven’s trial about what happened the day Teresa went missing. Brendan was found guilty of helping Steven with the crime, though it was determined that he has a low IQ. It was also proven that Bobby, Brendan’s older brother, looked at photos of Teresa, mutilated bodies, and violent pornography on the family computer.
Kathleen has identified several suspects in the case, but she is reluctant to publicly come forward just yet because she doesn’t want them to flee town. “Half of my exoneration cases have led to the apprehension of the real killer. I probably solved way more cases than the top detectives,” she stated confidently.
The Mantiwoc County Sheriff Robert Hermann is dismissive of Kathleen’s attempts to exonerate Steven. Hermann told Newsweek, “It just didn’t happen. I don’t know where she gets that from.”
“I think she might just be using this tactic just to keep the story alive. If it wasn’t for the 1985 case, it wouldn’t even be a big story,” he continued.
Kathleen continues to work though, gathering evidence as the Wisconsin Appeals Court decides whether or not there’s enough new evidence to reopen Steven’s case. She posts all of her filings on Steven’s behalf on her website.
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