Scratches on The Right Hand Too?
I hope that most people following this already know about the scratch marks, or at least what look like scratch marks, on Ryan Hillegas’ left hand. But there appear to be what looks like a scratch on his right hand too.
Imagine if someone much more powerful than you had their hands around your throat and you were fighting for your life. You might lack the strength to release their grip, but you could at least leave a few deep marks on their hands, especially if you were a woman and had nails of any length before you lost consciousness.
Notice the left to right angle of the scratch marks. And that’s the angle you’d expect of scratch marks if Teresa were pulling down and away, the most natural motion. Notice too, that one is higher up on the hand than the other. That too is also what you’d expect if we take into account that the outside mark (the one higher up on the hand) corresponds to the middle finger, and the other mark corresponds to the shorter index finger. I would say that these marks look fresh. Probably a few days old at most.
But there is also what looks like a mark on the pinky finger of Ryan Hillegas’ right hand.
Now, it’s an important question to ask whether Teresa was right or left handed. If she was right handed, like most people. If she was, you would expect the right hand to be stronger and more coordinated than the left hand. What I’m getting at, is you’d expect the marks made on Hillegas’ left hand to be more severe if they were made by Teresa’s right hand, and the marks on Hillegas’ right hand to be less severe if they were made by Teresa’s left hand, and that’s exactly what we see.
Most importantly of all, we might infer by what look like wounds on Ryan’s hands, that if he killed Teresa Halbach, his former lover, he did so while staring into her eyes, thinking only of the thought of her immolation. If Ryan killed Teresa this way, he also knew that there would be his DNA underneath her fingernails.
The normal reason for burning a body would be dispose of it so completely that there is no trace of it to be found. Why go through all the trouble without finishing the job? The bones, having been reduced to tiny pieces, could just as easily been ground into powder and thrown into the quarry, in a lake, or probably even the lawn.
Maybe the person who burned Teresa’s body wasn’t so concerned about getting rid of the body as getting rid of the DNA on the body. And given the way the bones were scattered around the Avery property in so many locations, you’d almost think that whoever burned Teresa Halbach’s body almost wanted her bones to be found.