Thomas Halbach Teresa’s Uncle, Not Father


Teresa Halbach's Obituary

A very sad day in Manitowoc, WI

According to her obituary Teresa was eight when her real father, Richard Halbach, died. Her mother Karen then remarried Thomas Halbach, Richard’s brother.

The scene in Making A Murderer at the beginning of episode 2, we see Teresa in a video she took of herself talking about how she would like to be remembered.  Knowing that her father died when she was eight, this footage has added meaning.

Teresa Makes video of how she would like to be remembered

Teresa Makes video of how she would like to be remembered

 

Many have commented on this video and have speculated that Teresa might have been suicidal, and that might have been why one of the missing posters described her as “endangered”.  I don’t at all subscribe to the theory that her death was a suicide, certainly nothing points to that, and a suicide would certainly have no way of burning herself so complete and scattering her bones afterwards, obviously, but what the scene from Making A Murderer episode 2 does clearly show is that Teresa Halbach carried around a lot of sorrow for her lost father, Richard, and that she was familiar with tragic loss.  It is probable that her awareness of death on such an intimate level compelled her to make the video so that her survivors would have something to remember her by in the event of her untimely demise.

It was earlier reported on this site, briefly, that Mike Halbach was Teresa’s half-brother.  This does not appear to be accurate information.  I regret the error.


11 comments

  • Question? I quickly read Mike Halbachs testimony yesterday and saw he was younger than Teresa. I had always thought he was older. Is he her biological brother (From Karen and Richard, or is he 1/2 sibling from Karen and Tom or is he cousin/step-sibling from Tom and a previous wife?

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  • Just a random thought but is there an inheritance paper trail from Richard Halbach's death? Or any information on his death?

  • Is that what you really believe? What facts do you have to support this? Trying to kill someone is the same as attempted murder. Yes, I was charged with that, but the charge was dropped within twelve hours. Instead, I was charged with Assault IV, which is the lowest level of assault on the books in Oregon. After this unfortunate incident, my ex immediately went to the hospital to get an MRI. No injuries of any sort were detected. If there had been so much as a broken bone, I'd still be sitting in prison because of Oregon's Measure 11. There's nothing right about what I did. And I'm actually glad you brought up the topic again (I've already posted all of my charges publicly), because I welcome a thoughtful discussion about topics that this touches on: redemption, forgiveness, re-entry, punishment, prison and so forth. Maybe hypocrisy too. If you weren't anonymous, what might we learn about you? Have you ever committed a crime? If it is your position that you are morally superior for having not ever committed a crime, I'd have to ask whether it is more characteristic of the morally superior to be tolerant or condemnatory? Maybe you should be pleased to know that I live a miserable life. It's impossible to get a decent job among respectable people like yourself, and it's even more impossible to find a place to live. I live in abject poverty, and I haven't seen my children for five years. Next you will say, "boo hoo, quit feeling sorry for yourself". I can assure you I don''t. I don't feel anything at all.

    • I pray that soon you will feel again. I hope the first emotion you feel is joy. No one should go through life without feeling joy.

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    • To Daniel Luke re your Jan 7 post. Thank you for your thoughtful, poignant message.

  • I will not even click that link because I know him and it was ONE simple fight out of about 10 years. Like I said before on this blog, things looks worse when you see on paper (trumped up so at least they get a couple to stick) and please know that almost all the charges WERE DROPPED. I can assure you that almost every one of you had one fight like that that lasted for 30 seconds toward a break up or after. Today, in the news Steely Dan got a few charges for a fight with wife. Tiger Woods and wife I bet had a few and even the Clintons and yes, YOU. Your wife or husband just happens to not be a cop caller. Only difference. Promise. By the way, I am female friend of his that is unbiased just realistic.