Outside of speculation, Kratz never presented a murder weapon that could be conclusively linked to Steven Avery. The Avery’s were hunting folk, and bullets were found all over their property. Kratz presented a single crushed bullet that had no grooves on it, therefore rendering it unable to indicate which weapon had fired it. Kratz claimed the bullet had Teresa’s DNA on it, yet the bullet didn’t have any blood on it and had been contaminated by an incompetent lab technician. Kratz theorised that it had been fired by Steven Avery’s .22 without a shred of proof because the bullet was unreadable. At least one of Avery’s neighbours had a .22 rifle at home. Kratz claimed Teresa was chained to a bed, raped, tortured and had her throat slashed, yet he failed to produce any physical evidence such as marks or scratches on the bed frame. The knife that allegedly slashed Teresa’s throat was never found, nor were any handcuffs, chains or ropes with her DNA. If Teresa was shot eleven times, where were the other ten bullets? They should have fell out of her body at the burn site. Could it be that there was no murder weapon in the homes of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey because they didn’t murder Teresa?
A Canadian expert testified at the trial that the bonfire outside of Steven Avery’s house was incapable of causing such heat damage to the bones. It would have required a crematorium level of heat to reduce the bones into such a highly fragmented state, including considerable damage to the long bones, pelvis and skull. A lot of people are assuming Steven Avery is guilty because bones were found outside his property, which on the surface, is rather incriminating. But Kratz isn’t talking about how Steven’s bonfire couldn’t possibly have burnt the bones to a crisp because it suggests that the bones were moved there to frame Steven. Kratz was never interested in the truth as then his theater performance in court would have fallen apart.
Teams of police spent eight days searching the Avery property for Teresa’s DNA. Violent torture and rape produces bodily fluids that splatter everywhere. It’s impossible for amateurs to clean up that biological material, yet after eight days, all that the teams found was deer blood. If Teresa had been raped, the sheets and mattress would have been contaminated with bodily fluids – none of which were found. Kratz’s claim that Steven and Brendan used bleach to clean the scene up is ludicrous. It was based on bleach allegedly found on Brendan’s jeans. How many of us as kids bleached our jeans or how many of our parents used washing powder and bleach to clean our clothes? If they had cleaned the scene so perfectly with bleach, then there would have been no traces left of deer blood. Supposedly the crushed bullet in Avery’s home had Teresa’s DNA on it, but no blood on it, indicating that her DNA may have been planted on it by rubbing the bullet against clothes she had worn, which would have contained skin DNA. The lack of DNA evidence would have caused most rational-minded police departments to start looking elsewhere for a crime scene, but in Manitowoc, when the evidence doesn’t fit their agenda, they plant it, especially when $36 million are on the line.
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In a murder investigation, the standard procedure is to first interview the victim’s family and friends as the murderer is usually someone the victim knew. Not only did the Sheriff’s deputies not investigate the ex-boyfriend, but he was allowed to lead the search effort, which is a common strategy used by killers to camouflage their activity. Teresa’s roommate didn’t report her disappearance for four days, yet he was never investigated as a suspect. With voicemails suspiciously deleted from Teresa’s phone service after she’d gone missing, the ex-boyfriend and roommate should have been suspects. Instead, Deputies Colborn and Lenk – both part of the $36 million lawsuit brought about by Steven Avery – immediately interviewed Steven and proclaimed he was guilty. Then Fassbender and Wiegart coerced Brendan Dassey by telling him he’d be able to go home if he’d just confess to raping and killing Teresa with Steven Avery. Case closed.