Did Ryan Hillegas Go Fishing 10/31/2005?
If Ryan Hillegas killed Teresa Halbach, there is no way he burned her body, and dumped her ashes and bone fragments in the back of Steven Avery’s house. There is nothing about Teresa’s bones which make any sense at all whether you believe Steven Avery killed Teresa Halbach, or whether you believe it was someone else. What it actually looks like is someone came along at some point and didn’t quite know what they were doing, and scattered her bones around all over the place without thinking it through very clearly.
But, actually that’s not true. They did think it through clearly enough for all expected circumstances. It would have been plenty good enough for what would have usually happened, but if whoever planted the bones had any idea that their actions were going to be the subject of intense scrutiny by a global audience ten years after the fact, they might have had second thoughts. But no one could have known this so they were no more careful than the circumstances warranted.
We can get into the bones more later, but the DNA found on the bones was such a slight amount, and the dental records also don’t seem to be standing up to closer scrutiny nowadays either. I’ll get to that one on another post. For now, I’ll just say that we know they collected Teresa’s laundry from her house and all of her personal items, and all of these items had plenty of Terersa’s DNA for a millions false convictions. What a simple thing to do to transfer it onto a few bones.
More than likely Ken Kratz figured this out. He, after all, had unimpeded access to evidence storage and even a macabre fascination with dead bodies if the invitation he extended to one of his sexual assault victims to tour the local morgue and view an autopsy is any thing to go by. Police evidence lockers contain evidence going back decades. Forty, fifty years. Get a few bones, chop them up, but them on your backyard barbeque, say, and in an hour or less the sick bastard had what he needed plus some spare ribs.
Why did he bother? Because when you’re trying to frame someone for murder, nothing works better than having the body. Without one you’re just pissing in the wind. All the other stuff that was planted on the Avery property wasn’t necessarily enough to frame Steven Avery. It probably would have, but it wasn’t a slam dunk, and Kratz needed a slam dunk because this was going to be his ticket to glory, and he was right. After the successful convictions of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey I think he won some prosecutor of the year award. I know that Wiegert and Fassbender were recognized for their excellent service, and of course, who can forget Len Kachinsky who was given a judgeship for his trailblazing legal work.
But how could you have a body and not really have a body at the same time? As I’ve pretty much already explained. But also Kratz took care to make sure that a lot of the bones were missing (except, conveniently, that tiny fragment which has a bevel indicating a gunshot wound). That way there would be no way to piece them all back together, which they very likely might have have done.
To conceive of this and pull it off successfully would take the mind of a very twisted and sick person, and Kratz has pretty much fit the bill for that the more we’ve gotten to know him. He’s all over television and radio these days—a dream come true for any narcissist worthy of the name—so we sleuths and students of human psychology can count this as a gift because it gives us more opportunities to observe him. You may draw your own conclusions, but I think he delivers with each new appearance.
But who knows, maybe it was Thomas Fassbender. Mark Wiegert? Who sprinkled the bone fragments? It doesn’t matter. What’s important, however, is what did happen to Teresa’s body? Today it hit me today thinking about it as I am wont to do.
A fishing trip! I’m guessing that Ryan also had access to a boat. If someone asked Ryan Hillegas where he was or what he had been doing, this is what he would tell people. The average depth of the lake Michigan, the Great Lake which abuts Manitowoc, is almost 300 feet. (85 meters). This is an important consideration because disposing of a body in a lake is usually ill-advised for murderers who do not wish to be caught. In shallower bodies of water, bodies will begin to float up like balloons released to the sky as they become like air-filled sacks of flesh after the gases of decomposition begin to be collect. But the pressures at much greater depths either compress these gasses, or force them out of the body, thus greatly reducing the chances that they will rise to the surface at some later date.
But Ryan’s pretty smart, and if he did kill Teresa, and this is the way he disposed of her body, I have a lot of faith that he took the necessary precautions to weigh the body down.
I have no idea what Ryan Hillegas ever said to people about the day in question so there is no way that I should be able to know what he said he did on October 31st, 2005. This post is really intended then, for those people who know Ryan and heard him explain what he was doing that fateful day. It’s a bit of a long shot, frankly, but is his alibi, if you could call it that, that he went fishing? If it is, how the heck would you suppose that I would know such a thing?
I should make it clear, I realize, that I don’t think that Ryan and Kratz were working together. A conspiracy of any kind between them is not actually necessary, and in fact I do not believe it is likely. As mentioned in a previous post, Ken Kratz wrote a letter to Steven AVery in 2015 asking Avery to come clean on the murder. By the wording of the letter, it seems fairly clear that he still believed at that time Avery was the Teresa Halbach’s killer. If he knew that Ryan killed Theresa, he obviously wouldn’t believe that.
I know from my Google Analytics that most of my readers in the United States are in Wisconsin. I know that some of my readers know Ryan, and some are within his inner circle. The public still doesn’t know exactly what happened, or what Ryan said he was doing the day Teresa died because the cops never bothered to ask. But I know he still had to give an explanation. So, hey, if you believed him all along, no worries. We all want to believe the best in others, especially if we know them well and have given us a reason to trust them. But if he went fishing that day, you know I have to be right, and if I am, I am calling upon you to do the right thing. Call Zellner, or, if you’re feeling up to it, leave a comment.