Did Ryan Hillegas Fly into A Rage When He Saw Bradley Czech’s Text To Teresa Halbach The Day She Was Murdered?
If Ryan Hillegas killed Teresa Halbach, one of the main, as yet unanswered questions is whether he premeditated her murder, or whether he did it in a flash of rage. My original view was the former, but over time it has shifted to the latter. One reason for the shift is that most murders of this type happen when emotions become inflamed and overwrought. Jealousy, unrequited love, and suspicion or proof of infidelity all serve as sparks which ignite violent action.
So it is for this reason that the subject of this brief post concerns speculation about what might have served as the spark in this case. To wit, there is a detail contained in the CASO report (pp. 44) that might bear more relevance than has heretofore been supposed. Investigator John Dedering reports that Bradley Czech sent Teresa Halbach a text message at 12:45pm, the day that Teresa went missing on October 10th, 2005. Maybe Teresa arrived back at her house a few hours later, and maybe Ryan was waiting for her when she did. Maybe Ryan checked her messages when Teresa left the room to use the bathroom? May this was the last straw that broke the camel’s back? This is the passage in question:
He stated he had last seen TERESA at MAX & ERMA’s at BAY PARK SQUARE approximately two weeks ago and they had had lunch together. He stated that he had text messaged TERESA at 1245 hrs. on 10/31/05 and he had gotten no response. He stated he called her at 2117 hrs. on 11/03/05 and he found her voice mail to be fuIl. He stated that after a couple rings, the phone transferred to an automated voice mail, not TERESA’s personal greeting.
I hasten to add that I don’t think that Mr. Czech had anything whatsoever to do with the death or disappearance of Teresa Halbach, but I do think it is possible that his text might have caused a jealous (former) lover to fly into a rage especially if that former lover happened to know that the sender of the text had once been, and for all he knew, still was the object of her desire.