Thomas Fassbender Hard Sells RAV4 Blood
Someone over at Reddit asked me an interesting questions about my recent field research that I needed to conduct with a 1999 Toyota RAV4, the same kind owned by Teresa Halbach that was found on Avery Salvage with Steven Avery’s and Teresa Halbach’s blood in it. Paraphrasing, just a bit, this was the question:
How have the tests you’ve performed on the RAV4 affected your judgement about the case?
The reason this questions was asked is because when I tried the key in the ignition switch of the RAV4, I found that it was possible for the right outer plane of my right hand to make inadvertent contact with the surrounding surfaces. Whoever asked the question obviously wanted to know whether this finding changed my view of the case which has been solidly on the Avery-is-innocent side.
Not at all, was the answer, and here, I would like to dilate on why that is by first going back to the official exhibit photograph which shows the blood near the ignition switch:
The pattern just does not make sense to me as a contact transfer for at least three reasons.
- These markings are not what you’d expect to see if blood had been smeared and dragged across a surface. Rather, it looks like the markings were applied by an instrument with a point much finer than the planar surface of a finger or part of a hand.
- There are two markings. You can tell because they do not connect. I don’t see how it would be possible for that pattern to have been left by a bloody hand.
- The rightmost pattern looks like a flattened lowercase ‘n’. If the blood had been deposited any other way aside from being draw there, it would not have defined gravity in the way that is shown.
It is true that before I did my own test, my hypothesis was that my hand would not make contact. When I tested this hypothesis, I found that I was wrong, at least about that much. I would also to test my other hypotheses about the patterns of blood, but that is impossible without recreating the wound of Steven Avery’s hand and then have him try the ignition switch.
What I find most interesting is when Thomas Fassbender is being interviewed by Andrea Canning of Dateline NBC and talks about the contact transfer as though it were the clearest thing in the world, like it should be plain for all to see that the markings clearly had to have been left the exact way that we see them. His exact words were,
If you took that key and put it in that ignition switch it just lined up perfectly with a contact pattern swipe.
That’s what makes me wary of Fassbender. It is not at all clear that anyone could have left a contact transfer that looks like what we see in the official exhibit photograph. The fact that he wants everyone to accept this without demonstrating how it would actually be done is what concerns me. In the interview with Andrea Canning on Dateline though, it’s like he’s trying to convince you, like he’s trying to sell it.
I have issued a challenge before on this site for anyone to duplicate a pattern remotely similar to what we see near the ignition switch of the RAV4. Guilters???