Remaking a Murderer
When Netflix’s original crime documentary Making a Murderer, filmed over the course of ten years, was released to viewers this past winter, each episode had an audience of about 19.3 million people. It was not altogether surprising that the show was so well received by fans and critics, following in the recent trend of real crime documentaries started by podcasts like Serial.
The show examined the case of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey in their charge for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. Though slanted to the perspective of Steven’s innocence, Making a Murderer so convinced fans that the man was not guilty of the crime that a petition with over 500,000 signatures was sent to the White House demanding the case be reopened or Avery be exonerated; President Obama had to respond that he had no authority in the matter.
This past week, a second season was confirmed to be in production. While it is rumored that it will largely mirror the first in terms of analyzing the case, the second season will also show viewers more about the legal process post-conviction, as well as introduce us to Avery’s new lawyer and current situation.
Perhaps the most captivating reality of Making a Murderer was how it simply baffled not only viewers, but everyone involved with the case at the time. Nothing here was simple, from the investigative process to the trials, and, even when the men were convicted of murder, many still felt there was substantial doubt.
Luckily, fans have since developed myriad theories behind the mystery of the murder of Teresa Halbach. These are the top theories you need to read.
Still think Steven Avery is guilty?
The Missing Motive
The lack of a motive in this case has been eating at me like a fistful of maggots. There is always a motive, for everything.
No one who had opportunity to commit the murder really seems to fit the description of someone who would rape and murder Teresa Halbach for fun.
Wait, did I say “rape”? Even though there is no evidence of a rape ever occurring? We are driven to include rape in many scenarios because at least that gives some kind of motive. A motive that is basically to enjoy exerting control over and inflicting pain onto a helpless young woman [….]
So where is the MOTIVE?
Mr Zipperer provides it himself.
Steven Avery Trial Transcripts Day page 145 lines 24-25
Dean Strang is speaking to the Judge about the relevance of his line of questioning of Mrs Zipperer.
Dean Strang attests that Mr Zipperer lied to Corporal Lemieux and Investigator Dedering about a number of things and Mr Zipperer claimed “the Auto Trader photographer was a trespasser on the property.”
Strang: Indeed, the intent is to show that Mr. Zipperer told, first, Corporal Lemieux and, then, Investigator Dedering, a series of lies about his own activities; about Jason’s [his 18 year old grandson] activities; about whether the Auto Trader photographer [Teresa Halbach] was a trespasser on the property.Threatened to have the dog eat anyone who would come on the property; wanting Teresa Halbach arrested even after being told that she was a missing person; denying that he had contacted Auto Trader or arranged for photographs of the car.
But, was Zipperer lying or was he just crazy enough to believe half of the insane garbage he was saying?
If you admit that you think someone was trespassing on your property…You just admitted motive for shooting them.
Did Teresa Halbach go to the Avery property first when she couldn’t find the Zipperer property? Did she then go BACK to the Zipperer property? We know she finds Mrs Zipperer. We know she completed the transaction with Mrs Zipperer, so we are fairly confident that she also finished taking photographs of the car.
We know that Mrs Zipperer does not claim to have seen Teresa Halbach leave. The other two clients that day both claim to have seen TH leave AND are able to say which direction she drove off in.
We know that Mr Zipperer has an opinion of TH being a trespasser yet Mrs Zipperer gives no account of the two of them ever crossing paths (at least not in her presence).
Did TH run into Mr Zipperer as she was leaving? Had he seen her photographing the car, freaked out having no idea who this person is (having forgotten calling her?) and grabbed a 22 calibre gun?
Could he have been suffering from Alzheimers? Another form of dementia? Paranoid schizophrenia? Some other mental illness? Could he be “bat-crap-crazy” in a very real sense? (DollLocket)
So Simple It Could Be True
I was thinking suicide or accidental death (which isn’t listed here). If you buy into the cops framing Avery, this is probably the least sensational and most likely. Suicides happen 2.5 times as often as homicide and accidental deaths happen 8 times as often. It seems plausible to me that Teresa Halbach passed away, police discovered the body, checked to see if a nearby unattended car was hers (calling in the Rav 4 plates), and took advantage of the situation.
I believe there were bone fragments of her found in a quarry, right (I think I checked out for a moment at that part in the series)? (jiggabot)