Dirty Dusty Garage

dust covered car

The prosecution argued that Teresa Halbach was shot in Steven Avery’s garage multiple times.  On March 1st, 2006 crime scene investigators reentered the property and found eleven shell casings from Steven Avery’s .22 rifle along with a bullet fragment with Teresa Halbach’s blood on it.

Everyone has been talking about how it would have been impossible to clean the crime scene after a shooting, stabbing, throat-slitting, and body dismemberment so well as to not leave behind any physical evidence.  And if it had somehow been cleaned that well, certainly who ever did that wouldn’t have overlooked far more obvious shell casings and bullet fragments.

None of this makes any sense.  And it makes even less sense when you look at actual objects in the garage around where the bullets and bullet fragments are found.  They’re all caked in dust!  This level of dust did not accumulate in four short months.  The footage from Making a Murderer, whence these screen captures come, shows this quite clearly.    This car hasn’t been cleaned in at least over a year, and probably longer than that.

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The picture below does not show dust so much as it shows the general condition of the garage when it was entered on March 1, 2006.  What’s interesting here is how the objects lay.  If each had been recently cleaned by hand, it is impossible for me to imagine that they would have been reassembled in this fashion.  I don’t think it would even be possible if someone tried.  These objects have settled in, one atop the other, intertwined, wrought by time itself in its individually unique position of repose.

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Lastly, and probably most importantly, there is the air compressor found not more than a foot or so away from where the “magic bullet”, as it’s come to be called, was found.  It too, has not been cleaned in years.
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After you expand the image, if you look at the yellow label toward the center and bottom, you’ll see that there is a diagonal swipe running left to right, which is brighter than the surrounding area, and thus most clearly shows the contrast between where it is dusty, and where it is not.  It also looks like there’s quite a bit of white powdery dust strewn all around the garage.