TERRANCE GAVAN – BLOGGER AND RABID REFORMER
Lawlessness is rampant and the real crooks are wearing badges and robes.
The 10-part Netflix doc “Making a Murderer” tells us another thing. If you’re dumb as a bag of hammers you ain’t got a chance in a court of law in the grand ol’ state of Wisconsin. Two guys Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey have a combined Intelligent Quotient (IQ) of less than 145. Bottom Line? Brendan was sold to the prosecutors and the system of Calumet County — as a 17 year old challenged kid — by his first defense attorney and that attorney’s hired investigator. He implicated his uncle with a fabricated story that defies any logical progression. Brendan’s first lawyer sold his client to the prosecution.
And when I say sold, I mean sold. The defence council for this poor, confused kid (IQ of 60 or less) dispatched his charge, Brendan Dassey, to a meeting/interrogation with two police detectives who questioned him for over four hours without council present. Two seasoned detectives fed him the testimony, told him about a gun and coerced a confession that included some grisly testimony about how he had assisted his uncle Steve Avery to kill a woman in Avery’s trailer.
Steve Avery, just a few weeks prior to this young woman’s disappearance, nothing but burnt bones were found of Teresa Halbech, had deposed police officers, the sheriff and prosecutor from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, for a grievous damages civil suit worth $36 million. You see, Avery had been arrested and jailed before, spent 18 years in jail because the same police force that was charging him with murder, had already charged him with rape and put him behind bars for 18 years.
When he got out, because DNA identified the real rapist, a man they had ignored twice in their investigations, Avery’s defense team put forward the civil defense suit citing a campaign of targeted prosecution. The case drew worldwide headlines and was an embarrassment for the Manitowoc County government who were going to have to pay out that $36 million without any recourse to insurance. Because their insurance company does not excuse gross neglect and malicious prosecution. All of which Avery was about to prove in court.
Three weeks after that deposition of the parties involved? Teresa Halbech goes missing and Steven Avery, the same Steven Avery that was seen hugging the governor of Wisconsin after his release from prison and in the wake of his suit, is suddenly presented as the prime suspect in the murder.
The documentary is riveting. Not for its unique story line. Let’s face it, stupid poor people are railroaded in the American Justice system every day of the week and twice on Sunday.
No this story is riveting because of what it says … that police will go to great lengths to protect their own and to railroad a person they don’t like. But also for what it does not say. To wit: Is $36 million enough of an incentive for police and a district attorney to hatch a plot to kill a woman and frame the guy who was, let’s face it, going to bankrupt the county for the next 40 years?
It is also interesting, because Avery’s defense team actually charges the police department of Manitowoc County with setting up the plan to charge Avery with the murder and disposal of the remains of Teresa Halbech.
What the defense team never says, and this is left to the viewer to discern, is that the police officers and DA actually committed the murder. No other line of investigation save for Steven Avery was followed, not the boyfriend, family or friends of Teresa Halbech. Considering that a large percentage of murder victims historically are killed by relatives or acquaintances, it seems barely credible that Avery could have been the only suspect pursued in this investigation. But he was. The fact that he was poor, an ex convict (even if he was imprisoned wrongfully), simple-minded and was about to land an extraordinary payday courtesy of Manitowoc County’s crooked government lines up with the conspiracy theory outlined in the Netflix Doc.
“Sometime during the day on October 31, 2005, photographer Teresa Halbach was scheduled to meet with Steven Avery, one of the owners of Avery Auto Salvage, to photograph a maroon Plymouth Voyager minivan for Auto Trader Magazine. She had been there at least 15 times, taking pictures of other vehicles for the magazine. Halbach disappeared that day.
“On March 18, 2007, Avery was found guilty of murdering Halbach, not guilty of mutilating a corpse, and guilty of illegally possessing a firearm.
“On June 1, 2007, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Halbach. He was also sentenced to 10 years for felony possession of a firearm, to run concurrent with the murder sentence.” (Fox News Coverage Fox 6 Wisconsin)
Making of a Murderer is a smash hit on Netflix. Because everyone loves murder. And everyone loves conspiracy theories. The other side. The side that won the case. Is crying. We love whimpering bureaucrats as well. Such is the stuff we call schadenfreude. The DA and the police dicks are getting hate mail since the doc first aired.
“Anytime you edit 18 months worth of information and only include the statements or pieces that support your particular conclusion, that conclusion should be reached,” Ken Kratz, former Calumet County district attorney said. Kratz was the special prosecutor on Avery’s murder case.
To avoid any appearance of conflict the Manitowoc County district attorney requested that neighboring Calumet County authorities lead the investigation.
Kratz says before the documentary’s release, he wasn’t provided the opportunity to answer any allegations made. Kratz says that’s led to him receiving dozens of threatening and insulting messages. Compounding his problems, Kratz was charged and lost his job for sending vile texts to sexual abuse victims that appeared in his court. Vile texts using his power base as a springboard to sexual favors. Targeting not the perpetrators of the sexual abuse… but the victims. Women who had been beaten. Raped. Sodomized. He was the DA asking abused women to have sex with him. “Out of gratitude.”
“Kratz testified in a state Office of Lawyer Regulation hearing in 2012 that his sexual compulsions didn’t affect his professional life until 2009, when prescription drugs lowered his inhibitions and he tried to spark an affair with a domestic abuse victim through a barrage of text messages. Kratz resigned in 2010 after The Associated Press reported the texts.” (Fox News 6)
Meanwhile, the nephew, is the only person who has ever alluded to the sexual assault and murder of Halbech. And in the most shocking video in the whole documentary, we see that the whole scenario is purloined by two detectives and his own defense attorney who was finally dismissed by the judge for negligence. Tow detectives basically badgered a child for over four hours coercing a scenario out of a challenged kid who obviously had no idea what he was doing … or saying. “If I do this can I go back to school?” asked Brendan at one point.
The officers said sure. He recanted his statements. No blood was found in Avery’s trailer in spite of Dassey’s admission that they had slit her throat, raped her, then shot her, then burned her. During this time, Brendan’s mother said he was at home. Not at his uncle’s place. During that time Avery’s fiancee called him twice.
Avery had alibi witnesses for his first conviction back in 1985. He was over 200 miles from the scene. Because his alibi included the family, they were dismissed.
You see the Averys own a junk yard. They lived in trailers and none of them were headed to Harvard.
Oh. And the cops, for some reason in 1985 did not cotton to Steve Avery. They thought he was unsavory and they railroaded him for rape, even though another police department liked another guy for it … and told them. The other guy, Gregory Allen was ignored and went on to commit two more rapes… at least.
In 2005 they had another reason to dislike Steven Avery. He was about to collect $36 million and tell the world that Manitowoc County was a hotbed of political corruption.
They got him.
They got him good.
And Steven Avery probably does not have another 18 years. Left in his tank.