Ryan Hillegas’ Phone Records
Before going forward, I have to say that there are a lot of unexplained things concerning phone records in this case. For example..
Where is the complete record of Teresa’s phone record for the October through November billing cycle? There’s only about a day and half there which really gives us very little information.
Why are the phone numbers erased only on Teresa’s call logs? If you look at Ryan Hillegas’ phone log records, you will find that they show all outgoing and incoming calls. The same is true for what portion is shown of Steven Avery’s call logs.
Was it possible to delete voicemail messages from ones online Cingular account in 2005?
I’ve been going over transcripts and the court testimony of both Mike Halbach and Ryan Hillegas in search of answers to the many questions I have. In Zellner’s August 26th, 2016 motion, she goes out of her way to highlight the fact that five voicemail messages were deleted on October 31st, 2005 and sixteen more on November 1st, 2005. Crucially, she states in the motion: “Halbach’s Motorola Razr featured one-touch dialing for vm, which would allow anyone in possession of her cell phone to access her vm”.
Puzzling. I find it interesting that Zellner does not state exactly when the messages on October 31st were deleted. If this information is known, why is it withheld? Secondly, how is it know, and why doesn’t the broader public have access to the same information, or might they? Maybe Teresa deleted her own messages using the one touch feature mentioned in the motion? I am presuming that before Teresa Halbach’s Razr was out of range of the Whitelaw tower, it was never turned on again since to do so would have created another ping, and if another ping had occurred, well, that would be included evidence.
This means that if the killer deleted the voicemail messages on October 31st before turning the phone off, he might have done so using the one-touch feature. Since the phone wasn’t turned back on after it left the Whitelaw tower area, all subsequent deletions, namely the eleven deletions which Zellner asserts took place on November 2nd, 2005, must have been done using another phone OR via her online Cingular account, if that account happened to have the capability to allow those with access privileges to delete voice mail messages.
So let me clarify a little bit here before going forward. There are two sets of passwords/pins that are in question here. One is the pin code needed to access her voicemail from, say, another phone. The other is the password needed to access her online account from a computer.
The one person we know who had her voicemail password is her brother. He admits to this in court when he is called to testify.
My mom called me that Thursday [November 3rd, 2005], that afternoon, about Teresa, and wondering if I knew where she was. And I didn’t. So I had a feeling that I might know her voicemail password, because my mom had said that she had tried calling , and Teresa’s inbox was full.
So I guess what I was interested in is why it was full, or when the first new message was from, was received in her inbox. And so, you know, that’s why I called her voicemail
Ken Kratz then asks, “And were you able to accurately guess her password?”, Mike Halbach responds..
Yes, it wasn’t very difficult…I had a feeling what it was, because of — from previous testimony, I said I did some website design for her and her password included her birthday, the month and day, and that was successful in getting into her voicemail.
There’s plenty that I find more than a little odd here. According to court testimony, Karen called asking if Mike knew where his sister was, and also happened to mention that she had tried calling her only to discover that her voicemail was full. Why would someone’s first impulse be (and seems like this was the first impulse) to hack someone’s voicemail? Wouldn’t the logical starting place be work and friends, maybe her roommate, Scott Bloedorn?
If we are to believe that this was the very first time that Mike Halbach ever listened to his sister’s voicemail messages, the timing for that also strikes me as odd because it was one day after her voicemail, according to Kathleen Zellner,had been hacked by someone else. What are the odds?
Ryan Hillegas called her on November 1st at 6:42p.m. and reported that her voicemail was full, according to the motion. When Karen Halbach, Teresa’s mom, called on the 3rd of November, her voicemail was full yet again even though, (again, according to the motion filed by Zellner), eleven voicemail messages were deleted before 7:12 a.m. on the 2nd.
Is it possible that the killer was trying to buy time? By deleting voicemails as they were coming in maybe the killer thought he could prevent any suspicion that might have been aroused if incoming callers received the message that Teresa’s voicemail had been full since October 31st, or very shortly thereafter. After all, it is this very eventuality that caused Teresa’s mother to become suspicious.
What is just as strange is that Ryan Hillegas, during his court testimony, spoke only of guessing a password to Teresa’s online account in order to print off her phone records. As anyone knows who has followed this saga, Ryan also said that the password to this separate account was a birthday, but instead of it being Teresa’s birthday, it was the birthday, or a combination thereof, of one of Teresa’s sisters. How strange it is that Teresa would use her own birthday for her website and for her phone, but would choose another person’s birthday for online Cingular account.
What is also strange is that Ryan Hillegas failed to mention that he called Cingular’s password assistance line for help with the password. His call logs reflect this, and it was also mentioned in the motion. Mysteriously, Ryan also states on the stand that after going through the trouble of guessing her password, he doesn’t remember what it was–as if he nor anyone else around at the time regarded this information significant enough to write down somewhere
When Making a Murderer first came out, someone posted some information on Reddit, and then quickly deleted it. Luckily I was able to get a screen shot of that evanescent posting to which I devoted an entire feature on December 23, 2015.
Someone purporting to be one of Ryan’s co-workers claimed that Ryan had boasted that he was able to obtain the information from Cingular by duping one of the “grunts” who worked there at the time. I found that post quite credible at the time, even before Ryan’s call logs for October/November 2005 were publicly available, and even more credible at the present moment now that they are and corroborate what had been in the Reddit post. If the Reddit post is to be believed, Ryan is lying to someone because if he fooled someone into giving him the desired information, there would have obviously been no need to guess Teresa’s password.
Below is the screen capture of that Reddit post:
Before you go, I found two other things of interest in Ryan’s phone logs. According to call logs, the last time Ryan Hillegas and Teresa Halbach speak on the telephone for any length of times is the 25th of October, 2005. Teresa returns Ryan’s call made about thirty minutes earlier, and they speak for thirteen minutes. Ryan does not speak to another person for the rest of the evening (not unusual), nor almost the entire following day (very, very unusual). By his call logs, it looks like he calls one person at 6:15p.m, and he speaks to that person for about four minutes when his call is returned almost exactly twenty minutes later. Who knows what happened, but it looks like he might have been licking his wounds? At the very least, it is an unusual pattern.
Lastly, on October 31st, the day Teresa went missing, Ryan does not make or receive any phone calls between 9:41a.m. and 3:48p.m when he checks his voicemail. The first thing I always do is check my voicemail when my phone has been off for a few hours, how about you? It is between these times that Teresa was murdered.