Unless you were watching very closely, you might have missed that there were two flyers announcing Teresa Halbach as a missing person. There is this one, which we’re already familiar with:
Teresa Halbach’s Endangered/Missing poster
And then there is this flyer seen only in a couple of frames of the series. It’s clearly different.
Second Missing Poster for Teresa Halbach
As those who follow the series know, Teresa was reported missing on November 3rd, 2005. By the very next day a search party was organized, and maps of the area were printed up and distributed. One was even blown up and pasted to cardboard backing. Two buttons featuring Teresa’s visage were also made and distributed after Teresa’s disappearance. Two sets of completely different flyers were made. Could all this have been the work of one person? If so, which person? Seems like it must have been a meticulous person who thought of everything, some kind of organizational savant, even. Was it he very same person who led and coordinated the search party, I wonder? If so, it couldn’t possibly have been the same person who couldn’t remember on the witness stand what time of day it was when he last saw his lover of five years?
In this screen capture we can very clearly see both Mike Halbach and Ryan Hillegas, just as the search party was being launched (a day after the announcement of Teresa’s disappearance) wearing a button with Teresa’s image on it.
Ryan and Mike wearing button with Teresa Halbach’s image
But the button below doesn’t look to me like the button above. I’m not sure when the button below was made (yet), but why would you need two buttons? This button is peculiar for another reason. Without trying too hard, it is possible to see what looks like the reflection of whoever took the photograph of the button. But to me, the spectral image of the man’s head looks like it was photoshopped onto the button. Can some readers help me out on this one, please?
Button with Teresa Halbach’s face
Here we see maps of the area being handed out. If only one map was printed off, that’s remarkable enough, but if there were several maps, each featuring a different county, or different locations within a single county, no one could deny that this an impressive feat of organization to pull off in one day if you add it together with all of the other things that were done. If this was the work of one person, imagine what such an organizational mastermind could pull off after a week of planning!
`Road maps being distributed during search for Teresa Halbach
Though a bit blurry, what the image below shows are enlarged versions of the hand flyers being passed around to individual members of the search party. Please note with what exacting care this display of maps was made. Someone knew exactly where to go online (I think) to find maps of the county. Examine how perfectly all of the elements of the display are arranged. Remarkable.
Enlarged map of area where search party looked fro Teresa Halbach
In sum, whoever did all this was a very organized thinker, meticulous, and capable of conceiving intricate plans and carrying them out over a period of time. Let’s imagine, for a moment, that the murder of Teresa Halbach also took this much planning and precision. If so, ask yourself whether it would have been possible for a guy with a 70 IQ to achieve or whether it was more than likely achieved by a person of above average intelligence.
“But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded –with what caution — with what foresight –with what dissimulation I went to work! ” From Telltale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe