Sunday, November 04, 2018

Netflix’s Endemic Omissions: What It Still Omits In Its Avery-Case Conspiracy Mongering

Posted by The Machine

Murder Victim Teresa Halbach

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1. Summary Of The Crime

Teresa Halbach’s murder took place on 31 October 2005 in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, a short distance from Lake Michigan. 

Teresa has been described as artistic, adventurous and open-hearted; a day-brightening presence in the lives of her loved ones.

She was at Steven Avery’s property to take photographs of a vehicle for Autotrader. He was her final appointment of the day.

There is no evidence she ever left the property. Avery was the last confirmed person to see her alive.

She had previously been to Avery’s auto salvage lot four or five times. On this day, she stated she didn’t want to go back because Avery previously had disturbed her by answering the door wearing just a towel.

However, she was talked by Avery himself into going back at about 2:00pm. The telephone records show that Avery called her twice to get her to come over, pretending to be somebody else. He hid his identity through the *67 app.

Teresa Halbach was never seen alive again.

There are already a number of red flags: (1) Avery was the last known person to see her alive (2) she didn’t want to see him again because he had disturbed her and made her feel uncomfortable and (3) he deliberately hid his identity and pretended to be someone else when he called her on two separate occasions.

2. The History Of Netflix And The Case

In 2016 the internet movie streamer Netflix bought and aired a 10-part documentary by novice film-makers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi. They had no crime experience.

Teresa’s family refused to co-operate. Persuasive to many viewers, it did result in a free-Avery petition, but crime speciaIists poked numerous holes in it. On TV Demox and Ricciardi (below) spent as much time defending themselves as they did Avery.

This second series mainly describes the attempts by an Illinois defense lawyer Kathleen Zellner, who has won a number of reversals, to poke holes in some of the evidence and to accuse two others. This report also omits numerous telling points.

3. The DNA And Forensic Evidence Against Avery

Teresa Halbach’s charred remains and her car were found on Avery’s property. Unsurprisingly, he became the prime suspect.

The DNA and forensic evidence collected at his property all pointed in his direction. His blood was found in six different locations in her car. His DNA was found under the bonnet of her car.

Her DNA was found on a bullet in his garage and the bullet was matched to the rifle found in Avery’s bedroom. Teresa Halbach’s key with Avery’s DNA on it was found in his bedroom.

4. Brendan Dassey’s Statements Against Avery

Steven Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey repeatedly confessed to the police that he and Avery had raped and killed Teresa Halbach.

Dassey knew specific details about the murder and made claims which were later corroborated by police searches and the coroner.

Dassey said Halbach was chained up in handcuffs and leg irons on Avery’s bed. Avery admitted that he had just purchased handcuffs and leg irons a few weeks earlier.

Dassey said Avery used his .22 caliber rifle to shoot Halbach in the head. A bullet fired from Avery’s gun and found in Avery’s garage had Halbach’s DNA on it.

Dassey said Avery hid Halbach’s car and went under its bonnet to disable the battery. Avery’s DNA was found on the bonnet’s latch.

Dassey said Avery threw tyres on the fire that they used to dispose of Halbach’s body.  Charred parts of her bones, cell phone, PDA, and camera were found intertwined with steel belts from those tyres.

Dassey’s statements were used to support the application for the warrant that was issued in March 2007 that lead to the discovery of a bullet that was conclusively matched to Avery’s .22 rifle and yielded Teresa Halbach’s DNA.

Dassey told police that Avery shot Halbach on the left side of her head. A fragment from the left side of her skull showed two bullet holes.

Dassey also said that he helped Avery clean a large reddish brown stain on the garage floor using gasoline, bleach, and some other product; there was an approximate three-foot patch that reacted to luminol and a bleach bottle found in the garage.

Dassey also confessed freely and voluntarily to his mother in a recorded telephone conversation.

Dassey: Yeah, but you might feel bad with… if I say it today.

Janda: Huh?

Dassey: About what all happened.

Janda: Huh?

Dassey: About what all happened.

Janda: What all happened? What are you talking about?

Dassey: About what me and Steven did that day.

Janda: So Steven did do it?

Dassey: Yeah.

Janda: Oh, he makes me so sick.

Dassey: I don’t even know how I’m gonna do it in court, though.

Janda: What do you mean?

Dassey: I ain’t gonna face him.

Janda: Face who?

Dassey: Steven.

Janda: You know what, Brendan?

Dassey: What?

Janda: He did it. You do what you gotta do. So in those statements, you did all that to her too?

Dassey: Some of it.

Janda: But what about when I got home at five, you were here.

Dassey: Yeah.

Janda: Yeah. When did you go over there?

Dassey: Well, I went over earlier and then came home before you did.

Janda: Why didn’t you say something to me then?

Dassey: I don’t know, I was too scared.

And he was also scared of his uncle, who he claimed in that same phone call had been molesting him and other relatives for years:

Janda: Did he make you do this?

Dassey: Ya.

Janda: Then why didn’t you tell him that.

Dassey: Tell him what

Janda: That Steven made you do it. You know he made you do a lot of things.

Dassey: Ya, I told them that. I even told them about Steven touching me and that.

Janda: What do you mean touching you?

Dassey: He would grab me somewhere where I was uncomfortable.

Janda: Brendan I am your mother.

Dassey: Ya.

Janda: Why didn’t you come to me? Why didn’t you tell me? Was this all before this happened?

Dassey: What do you mean?

Janda: All before this happened, did he touch you before all this stuff happened to you?

Dassey: Ya.

Janda: Why didn’t you come to me, because then he would have been gone then and this wouldn’t have happened.

Dassey: Ya.

Janda: Yes, and you would still be here with me.

Dassey: Yes, Well you know I did it.

Janda: Huh?

Dassey. You know he always touched us and that.

Janda: I didn’t think there. He used to horse around with you guys.

Dassey: Ya, but you remember he would always do stuff to Brian and that.

Janda: What do you mean?

Dassey: Well he would like fake pumping him

Janda: Goofing around?

Brendan: Ya but, like that one time when he was going with what’s her name”¦Jessica’s sister.

Janda: Teresa?

Brendan: Ya. That one day when she was over, Steven and Blaine and Brian and I was downstairs and Steven was touching her and that.

5. Wisconsin Attorney General Against Avery

These points explain why Brendan Dassey’s testimony is credible:

“And they had good reason to do so. There are three strong indicia that Dassey told the truth when he admitted to helping Avery. On February 28, 2006, the day before the March 1, 2006 confession, Wiegert received a lab report that lead had been detected on a defect found on skull bone fragments (193:55-56).

Wierget suspected based on this report that Halbach had been shot (193:56). Dassey’s confession confirmed that Avery shot Halbach in the head (79:34:50). He further told Wiegert and Fassbender that Avery shot Halbach “about ten” times (79:34:60). This fit with the ten or eleven shell casings police found in their November searches (114:96).

Dassey said Avery shot Halbach on the left side of her head (79:34:93). The forensic anthropologist “refit” three bone fragments together and determined they came from the left side of the head (114:226-27; 116:78). And Dassey told Wiegert and Fassbender that Avery shot Halbach when they were in the garage (79:34:59).

Police obtained a search warrant that same day (114:56; 117:25-26). The search of the garage yielded a bullet fragment embedded in the garage floor and a bullet under an air compressor (114:63-64). An analysis of a DNA sample from one bullet revealed Halbach as the source of the DNA (115:76). And that bullet had been fired from a rifle found in Avery’s bedroom ( 114:15-16, 197, 208-209).

“Dassey also told Wiegert and Fassbender that Avery hid the key to Halbach’s car in his dresser (79:34:70-71). On March 8, 2006, police executed another search warrant on Avery’s bedroom (114:106; 117:26). That search yielded the key to Halbach’s car with a blue key fob attached (114:106-107). Halbach’s sister identified the blue fob as a lanyard she gave Halbach (113:129).”

The Attorney General also explained why there was absolutely nothing wrong with the investigators’ conduct:

“At various times during the interview the investigators encouraged Dassey to provide details to them by appealing to his sense of honesty (46:8). Both investigators spoke in a normal speaking tone with no raised voices, no hectoring, or threats of any kind during the entire interview, including the admonitions (46:8).

“Nothing on the videotape visually depicts Dassey as being agitated, upset, frightened, or intimidated by the questions of either investigator (46:8-9). His demeanor was steady throughout the actual questioning (46:9). He displayed no difficulty in understanding the questions asked of him (46:9). He answered the questions put to him (46:9). At no time did he ask to stop the interview or request that his mother or a lawyer be present (46:9).

“Sometimes he revised his answers after being prodded to be truthful or being told by his questioners that they knew his answer was either incomplete or untrue and he should be honest (46:9).

“On occasion, the interviewers purported to know details which, in fact, were not true or which represented uncorroborated theories of the crime which they presented to Dassey as factually accurate in order to draw information from him (46:9).

“The interviewers made no promises of leniency to Dassey (46:10). He was told, “we can’t make any promises, but we’ll stand behind you no matter what you did” (46:10; 79:34:4). “I want to assure you that Mark and I are both in your corner. We’re on your side” (46:10; 79:34:3). “[W]e don’t get honesty here. I’m your friend right now, but I gotta ““ I gotta believe in you, and if I don’t believe in you, I can’t go to bat for you” (46:10; 79:34:10). “We’re in your corner” (46:10; 79:34:10).


“The interviewers’ appeals to honesty were nothing more than a reminder to Dassey that he had a moral duty to tell the truth (46:9). In the context of this interview, the Court finds that this tactic of misleading Dassey by occasionally pretending to know more than they did was neither improper nor coercive because it did not interfere with Dassey’s power to make rational choices (46:9-10).

“Interviewers statements such as “we’ll stand behind you; we’re in your corner; I’ll go to bat for you” were an attempt to achieve a rapport with Dassey and convince him that a truthful account of events would be in his best interest (46:10-11).

“Under a totality of the circumstances test, which I’m using here, given Brendan Dassey’s relevant personal characteristics as set forth in the previous findings and on the record in this case, the State has met its burden by showing by a preponderance of the evidence that the statements made by Brendan Dassey to Investigators Wiegert and Fassbender, and which are the subject of this motion, were the product of Brendan Dassey’s free and unconstrained will reflecting deliberateness of choice. In short, they were voluntary statements” (46:11).

6. Police Lawyer Against Avery

TomM - one of the lawyers who represented the Manitowoc police who is also a poster on TJMK and PMF - made the following observations about the crime scene and the claims that Brendan Dassey was coerced.

“The burning of the body made it impossible for the forensic examiner to determine the cause of death. One would think that if a major artery had been severed in the bedroom, blood evidence would have been found there, but there was not. You take the position that there was no stabbing or cutting at all.

The alternative is that Dassey, who claims to be following Avery’s orders, and perhaps reluctant, made only a superficial cut across her throat, and that Avery’s stab did not result in much exterior bleeding. The lack of a corpse makes verification impossible, so Dassey’s statement is the only evidence of it, and is legally sufficient to convict him.
“The public defender who originally represented him was apparently trying to work a plea deal. Thereafter he was replaced by private counsel and [Dassey] recanted his statements. He had the opportunity to convince the jury that his admissions were coerced, but they did not believe him. Having read the transcripts of his interrogations, I can see why. This is the first I have heard that his subsequent lawyer tried to get him to confess. I wonder if they knew something you don’t.”

7. Netflix Again Promotes Far-fetched Conspiracy Theory

Steven Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner seen throughout the new report is facing Mission Impossible. There is simply too much damning DNA evidence to resort to the bog-standard defence of contamination.

The forensic evidence is damning too. Teresa Halbach’s charred remains and her car were found on Avery’s property. To make matters worse for her, Brendan Dassey repeatedly confessed to the police and his mother that he and Steven Avery raped and killed Teresa Halbach and he knew multiple specific facts about the murder and made claims which were later corroborated during the police investigation.

The only option available to Zellner is to try and keep a straight face and claim there was a huge and dastardly plot to frame Steven Avery involving all the Manitowoc Police Department and all the forensic scientists who worked on the case.

The BBC describes her as “fiercely intelligent” and “true crime’s new star” whilst glossing over the fact she hasn’t provided any exculpatory evidence or provided any proof that the police framed Steven Avery. Incidentally, she believes Amanda Knox is innocent which speaks volumes about her competence.

8. The Dangerous, Proliferating Problem Of Innocence fraud

There is a widespread misconception that (1) one-sided and biased documentaries that primarily present the defence’s point of view and omit damning evidence as well as the professional opinions of the prosecution’s experts should trump (2) criminal trials where the defence and prosecution present their cases and the jury observes witnesses and experts being cross-examined on the stand before considering and reaching their verdicts,

Any legal system that didn’t allow the prosecution to present their case and cross-examine witnesses would be rightly considered to be grotesquely corrupt and unfair - and yet millions of people have no problem when this happens on documentaries such as West of Memphis, American Girl, Italian Nightmare, Amanda Knox on Netflix, Making a Murderer and Serial.

It should be made evident that these filmmakers and journalists are trying to manipulate their audiences into thinking the accused is innocent, rather than just presenting the facts of the case, allowing both sides to present their cases and letting the audience make up their own minds - which is what Andrea Vogt did in her excellent BBC documentary about the Meredith Kercher case.

It was recognised as far back as 1999 in the legal profession that journalists have an inclination to slant their reports in favour of the defendants.

See P. Cassell, “The guilty and the “˜innocent’: An examination of alleged cases of wrongful conviction from false confessions”, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, 1999:

...academic research on miscarriages should not rely on media descriptions of the evidence against defendants. Journalists will all too often slant their reports in the direction of discovering “news” by finding that an innocent person has been wrongfully convicted.

9. Some Assessments Of Netflix’s Attempts 1 And 2

The story presented by the filmmakers responsible for Making a Murderer that Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey are innocent and they were framed by corrupt cops is manna from heaven for Netflix because it’s a sensational and melodramatic tale that is guaranteed to be hugely popular and newly outrage social justice warriors, Guardian readers and gullible simpletons who unquestioningly believe whatever they are told.

There are 425,000,000 search results for Making a Murderer on Google and countless articles in the media and blog posts about it. Joe Public just loves documentaries about allegedly innocent people being railroaded by corrupt and/or incompetent cops.

Making a Murderer is a deeply dishonest and manipulative piece of PR propaganda. It follows the same template as Netflix’s Amanda Knox and the other documentaries mentioned above i.e. it presents the case primarily from the defence’s point of view, and brushes inconvenient facts which portray the accused in a negative light under the rug.

Melissa Jeltsen details some of the inconvenient facts about Steven Avery’s violent past that the filmmakers ignored, in an article for The Huffington Post.

‘Making A Murderer’ Left Out Disturbing Details Of Steven Avery’s Past…

“In a new interview, however, Avery’s ex-fiancee Jodi Stachowski says he was a violent and abusive “monster” who strangled her and threatened to kill her during their two-year relationship.

“He’d beat me all the time, punch me, throw me against the wall,” Stachowski told HLN on Wednesday. “He’s like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

Records from the Manitowoc County sheriff’s department obtained by The Huffington Post confirm that police responded to domestic incidents involving Avery and Stachowski, as well as his former wife, Lori.

Stachowski described one incident in which Avery beat her and then strangled her.

Police records show that in September of 2004, she reported that Avery pushed her to the floor, hit her and told her he was going to kill her. She then said he strangled her to the point where she lost consciousness. When she woke up, she told police, Avery was dragging her to his car. They were eventually stopped by an officer and Avery was taken into custody.

Police records also document another incident where Stachowski said she received a verbal threat from Avery while she was out of jail on work-release privilege.

There’s also evidence that Avery may have abused his former wife, Lori. In a police report from 1983, Avery’s sister-in-law told police that Avery “beat up on his wife, and she left home and went to a domestic violence center.”

Then in 1984, police responded to a “family trouble” incident at the Avery residence, but Lori declined to give a written statement.

Once you become aware that the filmmakers have brushed inconvenient facts like these about Steven Avery under the rug, common sense should tell you they are not to be trusted because they are clearly not honest or trustworthy. You have to question their motives.

The filmmakers suggest the police had a motive to frame Steven Avery because they were fearing a multi-million dollar award for Steven Avery’s wrongful conviction for sexual assault and attempt to murder in 1985.

Netfix did not bother to mention in either report that that the prior sexual assault and attempted murder case wasn’t due to any wrongdoing on the part of the Manitowoc Police Department. It was due to the fact that Penny Beernsten identified him as the person who had sexually assaulted her and tried to kill her.

And the Manitowoc Police Department have an insurance policy that covers multi-million dollar lawsuits. There was no reason at all for them to break the law and risk spending years behind bars.

The filmmakers slyly imply the blood vial containing Steven Avery’s blood was tampered with by showing the audience that the purple seal on the test tube has been punctured. The filmmakers omit to mention it is standard forensic practice to add ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) to blood samples via a needle in order to keep the blood liquid.

Tellingly, Steven Avery’s blood that was found inside Teresa Halbach’s car didn’t contain any EDTA. In other words, the police didn’t plant the blood from this vial in Teresa Halbach’s car.

Fortunately, there are many journalists who don’t take everything at face value and are prepared to do their due diligence. These journalists are exposing the numerous fraudulent claims that have been made on Making a Murderer. Jessica McBride does an excellent job of debunking the myth that the police had tampered with Steven Avery’s blood vial for the OnMilwaukee website.

The prison nurse who originally drew Steven Avery’s blood and put it into the vial featured prominently and dramatically in the Netflix “Making a Murderer” documentary “would testify that she was the one who put the hole in the vacutainer tube at issue,” a court document obtained by OnMilwaukee says.

The nurse, Marlene Kraintz, wasn’t called to testify because the prosecution didn’t think the defense had raised the blood hole theory at trial strongly enough to warrant rebuttal. This runs in contrast to the Netflix documentary, which presents the defense finding the hole in the Avery blood vial as a virtual “eureka” movement to advance its framing theory.

They would later claim that it was law enforcement officers who sneaked into the Clerk of Courts office to remove Avery’s blood from the old vial and plant it in Teresa Halbach’s car.

Kraintz died in 2012.

Furthermore, two national experts ““ including the chair of the committee that writes the industry standards on drawing blood samples ““ told OnMilwaukee that such blood vials are supposed to have holes pierced in their rubber stoppers. According to the experts, that’s how the blood gets into the vial.

Not only is it not uncommon, but it’s the way the vials ““ in this case, according to court records, a purple-stopped Vacutainer ““ are supposed to work.

10. The Bottom Line Here

There is no evidence that the police framed Steven Avery. His supporters are labouring under the misapprehension that the crime scene must fit with their own particular expectations of what the crime scene should look like.

This tweet is a perfect example of someone who thinks Steven Avery should be acquitted because the crime scene didn’t fit with his particular expectations of what it should like.

“Why wasnt Halbachs DNA on the key? How did Avery get every ounce of blood from every crack in the garage? A .22 caliber isnt forceful enough to go thru the skull. Where was all the blood in the bedroom where she was killed? Why no cuff marks on bed post”

Some of his supporters claim there was too much of Avery’s DNA on the bonnet of Teresa Halbach’s car and regard this as proof that the police planted it. They would be laughed out of court if they made such a ridiculous claim.

The DNA and forensic evidence against Steven Avery can’t be dismissed or nulifed because there was too little or too much DNA and forensic evidence at the crime scene. The defence had the chance to refute this evidence in court and they were unable to do so. 

Arguing that Steven Avery should be acquitted because there should have been more DNA and forensic evidence at the crime scene would be like arguing that Ian Huntley should be acquitted because the police didn’t find any DNA belonging to schoolgirls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells at his home. It’s a nonsensical argument.

Making a Murderer -  just like West of Memphis, American Girl, Italian Nightmare, Amanda Knox on Netflix, Serial - is a confidence trick. One you know it’s a confidence trick and how it works, it should no longer fool you.

Dan O’Donnell has written an excellent series of articles rebutting each one of the Making a Murderer claims and outlines the evidence the show omitted that proves that Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey raped and killed Teresa Halbach. It’s essential reading for anyone who is following this case.

You can find many similar debunkings online. For example Seven details left out of ‘Making a Murderer’. and Reminder: The 9 Shocking Pieces of Information That Were Left Out of Making a Murderer and Making a Murderer Part 2 is more entertainment than investigation. It feels a little gross and Part 2 Is a Long, Painful Look at Old Evidence with Little New to Say.

Both Avery and Dassey are still in prison. In June the US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from Dassey. Despite all the media hype surrounding Making a Murderer nobody has provided any exculpatory evidence that proves Steven Avery or Brendan Dassey are innocent or any proof that the police framed them. That’s the bottom line.

Posted by The Machine on 11/04/18 at 01:06 AM in


Thank you to The Machine for a compelling list of hard facts that prove Steven Avery viciously murdered a very sweet young woman for no reason.

His violent past, his abuse of nephew Brendan, his vile use of young Brendan to aid him in a cruel crime, prove how mean Avery had become and how lucky Avery’s fiancée was to escape death at his hands. Seems his first wife learned quick and ran like the wind from his abuse.

Poor Theresa Halbach in trying to go the extra mile for a customer with her photo work for AutoTrader and to comply with Avery’s requests despite her sixth sense warning her he was dangerous—her goodness and amiable attempt to “do the right thing” by him merely engineered her demise at his ruthless hands.

The above post is a full rebuttal of Avery’s claim to innocence, and his deluded fans’ baseless idea of his innocence.

The hardboiled fame junkie and grandstanding lawyer Kathleen Zellner brings her P.T. Barnum circus humbug act to the case.

Innocence Fraud, the new money machine. Fraud, lies, fog. Everything the Knox campaign used.

Zellner seems eager to play a similar game. Nothing matters but to raise her profile and gain notoriety in an anything-for-money stampede much like the Netflix show: fraud, fake. The innocence con is built on the deep cravings of a corrupt human population of which there are way too many who nurse a deep malice and contempt for law enforcement. They see all police as dishonest tyrants.

Why such an attitude, so willing to find fault with folks trying to keep the peace? One can speculate this jaundiced view is based on their own guilty conscience. They envy and distrust the brave good people who try to protect and enforce laws. (all organizations have a few bad apples, of course).

But for some reason the Avery fans identify with lawless carnage such as was done to Theresa Halbach. It was law breakers who destroyed her, those men who can’t or won’t restrain their feet from the path of evil. Yet they find a cheerleading squad and apologists. That tells you which side of the tracks their fan club is from soul-wise. In a man with a violent past like the blighted Avery they see an angel of light.

If Kathleen Zellner thinks Knox is innocent she is about as bright as Brendan Dassey.

It’s good to see the cold hard facts presented right here on this website for honest persons who search the internet wondering what the truth is about Steven Avery.

Posted by Hopeful on 10/30/18 at 08:11 PM | #

Hi Hopeful,

It’s a slam dunk case - just like the Meredith Kercher case. The evidence speaks for itself. It’s beyond obscene that there’s such a clamour for the release of two sadistic sex killers. Is this the hill that so many people want to die on?

Shame on the BBC and other media organisations for taking Kathleen Zellner seriously, and fueling the public’s insatiable appetite for these trashy documentaries that attempt to pervert the course of justice.

Posted by The Machine on 10/31/18 at 02:38 PM | #

Hi Hopeful

All agreed. The Machine goes beyond anything I read in the various negative fact-check reviews of the first series and shows how it’s so important to reveal the full monster at the heart of the case.

Netflix knew from those reviews that the first series was unsound. They should really have stopped when they were ahead and moved on.

But then the macho Kathleen Zellner noisily hit the ground more than running, sounding like she could win this with one hand tied behind her back.

I have seen only one rave review of the new series, and saw others saying this is no knockout punch and if anything it is rather boring and not worth 10 hours of anyones’ life.

Zellner has come up with slim pickings and my take is she already knows she is hitting a wall.

The Governor of the state and the Supreme Court have pulled the rug out from the Netflix-Avery-Zellner campaign, and seem to have left it with nowhere to go.

Public pressure will build for a new trial?! Good luck with that.

Coming at the American justice system from a conspiracy theory point of view will never never cause the reforms that we ourselves have said could help.

See our recent Innocence Project/Greg Hampikian series for proof of that.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 10/31/18 at 03:32 PM | #

As the Machine mentioned her name, I read up on the Penny Beernsten case.

Very interesting. This is where the “corrupt cops and prosecutors” meme began.

Penny Beernsten picked Avery out of a lineup. Had she not done so the real perp might have been in the next one she would have reviewed.

She was devastated when the COPS years later came up with an alternative attacker, the real perp. It was the COPS that got Avery released.

Penny Beernsten had gone overboard for Avery when he was released and they even hugged.

But Avery’s conviction for Teresa’s murder has had her spiraling back toward thinking maybe he is not so sweet.

He called her once after he was released and in effect asked for enough money to buy a house.

That was her first wakeup call.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 10/31/18 at 04:05 PM | #

Netflix stock rocketed up in the first half of 2018 and their market capitalization had more than doubled by the end of June.

Now it is rocketing back down, shedding $28 billion in recent weeks, much more than most. 

The stock is pretty vulnerable to bad news as NFLX is a one-of-a-kind company not doing anything special that skilled internet users and the on-demand area in cable TV cannot do.

I think they’ll be our best choice of target when we finish setting out all that their “Amanda Knox” left out. Main media resent them for stealing market share and should pile on.

So this is a very timely post here.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 10/31/18 at 06:58 PM | #

Avery has no chance of an exoneration anytime soon and Kathleen Zellner knows it, so one has to wonder why she has pinned her knickers to this particular mast. I guess it’s just for the notoriety/celebrity factor.

What earthly chance does she think she has? Seriously. Mind you I said the same about Knox and Sollecito, but the outside influences that pressured and then took a firm grip on certain corrupt and incompetent members of the Italian judiciary, and on the so called independent experts, are not likely to see any repetition in Avery’s case. In the USA one does not get multiple automatic appeals and, as Pete points out, the Supreme Court has already pulled the rug from under Dassey’s attempt to get his confession ruled as inadmissable.

I do not need to reprise the evidence in Avery’s case. Thanks TM for the post and in particular for the very helpful link to Dan O’Donnells excellent series of articles rebutting the Netflix claims.

What can one say about the morons who believe that Avery was fitted up?

I see that the police have started excavating the back garden of John Cannan’s mother’s back garden in the hope of, at long last, finding the remains of Suzy Lamplugh. Suzy was an attractive young estate agent who disappeared some 32 years ago after she had gone to meet a certain Mr Kipper at one of the properties on the agency’s books.

I rather doubt that they will find her there but if they do it will bring closure to Suzy’s remaining family. Her parents died a few years ago. Cannan can also then be charged with her murder.

The police never had anyone else in the frame. At the time of her disappearance Cannon was staying at a bail hostel nearby where he was called Mr Kipper because of his love of fishing and always being asleep. He was, it has to be said, rather a handsome man (though with rather strange, staring eyes) but he was also a sexual predator whose MOD with women was to portray himself as a successful businessman.

I bring this up because I was practicing law in Bristol when he was arrested and convicted for the murder of the newly-wed Shirley Banks. He had tried to abduct another woman only the day before Shirley disappeared. He is currently doing life.

It also transpired that he was having an affair with a Bristol solicitor whom I remember from my days there. IIRC she was representing him on some marital issue. She was married to a Bristol barrister though I never did work out who that was. Anyway, a narrow escape for her, and I didn’t see her around after that.

Posted by James Raper on 10/31/18 at 08:29 PM | #

Hi James

Good luck on the remains of Suzy Lamplugh. Interesting that you were a lot less than 6 degrees away from Cannan, others here have had that experience with killers too.

People who simply disappear are torture for those who remain, a blockbuster London play I just saw on Broadway (The Ferryman) set in Belfast really rubs that in.

The address the police are excavating at, north of Birmingham, is at 52°33’15.27"N 1°49’1.03"W Put that in the search function of Google Earth, and this below is what the blue police tarpaulins hide.



Posted by Peter Quennell on 10/31/18 at 10:50 PM | #

Today is the 11th anniversary of Meredith Kercher’s brutal murder by Rudy Guede, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito.

RIP. You are not forgotten.

Posted by James Raper on 11/01/18 at 01:03 PM | #

Thanks James. This should be the year we see a form of justice. Her loving family have said they like her annual remembrance to be on her birthday in December.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 11/01/18 at 03:15 PM | #

Thank you to the Machine for this excellent post; factual and well-researched (as usual.) Is it surprising that Amanda Knox is now advocating for Dassey’s release from jail?

Does she want all the murderers and rapists to go free?!

She has also found a new job as a podcast host of The Truth About True Crime with Amanda Knox on SundanceTV and Sundance Now:

Sigh. Obviously, she has no intention to fade from public view anytime soon.

Posted by Guermantes on 11/01/18 at 05:28 PM | #

Thanks Guermantes. I saw that Amanda Knox was advocating for Brendan Dassey.

She doesn’t actually care about him because she has no empathy, but it gives her another opportunity to bask in some more attention.

She has absolutely no intention of fading into obscurity because she’s a self-obsessed narcissist.

Posted by The Machine on 11/01/18 at 05:40 PM | #

Having her still in the public eye in a bizarre way will help to make this come full circle very publicly with the help of the media in the next few weeks.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 11/01/18 at 09:44 PM | #

Netflix propogating lies for criminals.
Amanda Knox advocating for the release of Dassey.

Stomach turning times.

Posted by DavidB on 11/02/18 at 10:44 PM | #

The supporters of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey say it makes no sense for Steven Avery to have put Teresa Halbach’s body in her car and drive it to the fire pit because it was a such a short distance away. However, if they had bothered to do some research, they would have found out that Dassey told the police they intended to dump her body in a pond, but the water level was too low, so they went back to Avery’s property.

‘Brendan provided an explanation for how the victim’s blood got into the rear cargo area of her Toyota RAV4. After Steven Avery shot Teresa Halbach in the garage, he and Brendan wrapped her in bedding and tossed her in the back of her own SUV while they thought about how to dispose of Teresa’s body. (According to Brendan, they were originally going to dump her in the pond, but decided the water level was too low.)”

Posted by The Machine on 11/03/18 at 12:39 PM | #

Hi Machine

This is a very key post for our main purpose. It shows how many media researchers have come out AGAINST Netflix which as DavidB suggests deserves to be taken down a peg.

If you have a masterlist of all Netflix’s main opponents in this case might you post it? We could really use that list soon in our own forthcoming debunking of Netflix.

We already have lists (links) for all positive and all negative media reviewers of Netflix’s “Amanda Knox”.

It runs at approximately 250 praising “Amanda Knox” for “telling the truth” and approximately 50 (rightly) bashing Netflix for lying on the evidence, misleading on Knox, and trashing Italy.

Ours really is a David v Goliath battle. Our David just needs some more mapping and overviews so media can grasp the case without doing a month’s reading.

I dont see any of the Knox heavy hitters standing by her any more in the future. We already have posts proving almost all are phonies with feet of clay (and mafia poodles).

Just a few pro-Knox posters on Ground Report still need our exposing though that site is a dead man walking.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 11/04/18 at 05:22 PM | #

Hi Pete,

Teresa Halbach’s family and friends must be horrified that Netflix and Kathleen Zellner are portraying the two people who raped and killed her as victims and trying to get them released from prison.

The Manitowoc Police Department must be be outraged that Netflix and Kathleen Zellner are allowed to get away with making insidious insinuations.

Ken Kratz, his legal team and the Attorney General must be outraged that Netflix and Kathleen Zellner are trying to pervert the course of justice.

Posted by The Machine on 11/04/18 at 10:21 PM | #

James Raper mentioned the unresolved Suzy Lamplugh case back here in Nov 2018.

Excavation in England turned up nothing, but the police still plug away and hope for a break.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 09/10/19 at 02:54 PM | #

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