Dial M for Murder The Key is The Key

Original movie poster of Dial M for Murder in black and white
Filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos have been mute about who they think might have killed Teresa Halbach.  But after ten years of being immersed in this sordid saga, it’s hard to imagine that they haven’t speculated quite a bit about it, at least in private.  So, it is my thought that they must have put a lot of thought into naming their baby.  All of the entendres may never be fully known, but I had an interesting thought about one possibility.
Filmmakers are usually film students, and film students are commonly assigned the entire oeuvre of Alfred Hitchcock for viewing and analysis.  Truffaut, Sergei Eisenstein, D.W. Griffith, and plenty of others to be sure.  One of Hitchcock’s best films ever, in my opinion, was Dial M for Murder, starring a radiantly beautiful Grace Kelly.
It’s a great film and is as enjoyable today as it was when it was first released in Technicolor™.  I won’t give it away, but the movie concerns murder, wrongful imprisonment, a frame job, and a key.  If you like great movies, you should see it if you haven’t already.
  DI—-AL—–M–FOR—MUR—DER
MA–KING—A–MUR—DER—ER
Both feature a bilabial single alliterative set as well: the ‘m’ in ‘m’, and the ‘m’ in murder in the first instance, and ‘making’ and ‘murder’ in the second.  Eh, probably nothing to do with anything, but who knows…
A key to Teresa Halbach's 1999 Toyota RAV4 found in Steven Avery's bedroom

A key to Teresa Halbach’s 1999 Toyota RAV4

maybe the filmmakers were trying to tell us something?

 

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  • In the above picture of the key, there is that lanyard with a plastic clip. Does anyone else wonder where the gender mate to that clip is? I would have thought Mr. Kratz would have brought that to light if her purse had the other side to the clip attached inside her purse. If not, I wonder why the defense didn’t take issue with that fact?

    • The lanyard does exist in photos OR they acquired a similar lanyard and placed it in the photo. They weren’t exactly unavailable. I’m still wondering where it came from.

      Does anyone know where in the trial transcripts it was introduced? Any info there about locating a lanyard?

      Lanyards are to be worn around the neck so you don’t lose the key. Did Teresa wear it? OR was this a second key hanging by a lanyard in her house in case she lost her keys? I keep my extra in my house NOT in my purse. If purse is lost/stolen, I’m stuffed for getting using my car.

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  • That is a very funny and entertaining post Dubai. Thank you. See you soon! Double-teamers. anon 905

  • Credentials check out. Get this man a pipe and a magnifying glass immediately. The detective is on the case. Sir Digby Chicken Caesar reporting for duty.

  • Thanks for the kind words. As you might imagine (if you've been reading the comments of ill-wishers), they mean a lot.

  • Thank you. I wish you would have come out.

  • Well, I once worked at The Oregon State Hospital. It was made famous as the setting of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. I also live in Portland, Oregon, where an army of homeless people crowd every street corner. I could go on.

  • Thanks for the offer, but I prefer to work alone.

  • Well, there you go then.

  • There is definitely a connection here. You're very creative and very analytical. I too wondered how the show producers felt. There surely have to have an opinion. Are there any other anagrams that you have looked for in the show?

  • I think it is Scott as well, possibly with the help of Bobby Dassey.

  • Daniel,

    I too thought about heading to WI to help figure this out. If 10 or 100 of us hit the ground, we could really get traction on this. The primary "constructive feedback" comment from the peanut gallery which I agree with is that I look forward to your posts everyday (and we all want more). Also, I agree with those that are concerned for your safety. I understand where you are going with your efforts and I support you. I only ask that you keep an open mind – especially since you have already encountered the true killer.

    Scott Tadych (possibly with help) is responsible for the death of Teresa Halbach. He returns from the hospital in Green Bay at 2:45 (later changed to 3:15 so it looks like Bobby sees Teresa after Scott.) Remember that both Bobby and Steve Avery agree that Bobby was gone before Teresa left, but Tadych's location is unknown at this point. Tadych's whereabouts remain unknown until he picks up Barb at 5:00-5:20 pm to return to Green Bay.

    [The dueling alibis of Bobby and Scott do not carry much weight. Also, the bus driver and the propane driver could be a little off do to DST.]

    Tadych drops off Barb around 7:45 pm. His whereabouts are unknown (or not reported) for the remainder of the evening. (When does he appear the next day?)

    He had plenty of time to do a number of things. Scott is the killer.

    The actions of Hillegas, MCSO, and others to interfere are interesting, but we don't clear Steve unless we identify the killer.

    Good Luck, my friend.
    ~APF

    PS – I have not been able to find Steve Avery's complete timeline. What did he do when Teresa left? His whereabouts are unknown (or unreported) between Teresa's departure and his conversation at 5:20 pm. Surely everyone asked Steve what he was doing at this time. What was Steve doing? Is there anything in his timeline that can confirm he was not with Halbach?

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  • "Everyone" does not include me. I think Daniel is doing good work in a huge field of do-nothings. The insanity is in doing nothing.

  • Quite a few.

  • Only some! Which ones did you find to be balanced?