Is Ryan Hillegas The Killer?
DISCLAIMER — I wrote these posts on the brink of exhaustion, hardly having slept since watching Making A Murderer as soon as it came out. This is a stream-of-consciousness purge, at the moment, more than anything else.
After the just the first viewing I was mainly puzzled by whether members of law enforcement, or even law enforcement agencies in and surrounding Manitowoc County, Wisconsin were in on a frame of Steven Avery from the beginning.
But there were a lot of problems with this notion, despite it being the one essentially used by defense lawyers Dean Strang and Jerry Buting. Teresa Halbach’s bones found in the backyard of Steven Avery’s residence, along with the green 1999 Toyota RAV4 found in the salvage yard should have been more than enough evidence to convict Avery without having to concoct a wild theory about the victim being brought into the house, and then raped, and tortured by two people, no less.
But that is exactly the theory that the prosecution put forth, that Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey committed a gruesome, bloody, horrific crime in the bedroom and the garage despite there being no physical evidence whatsoever to support this theory. One must ask, if it was a coverup, why members of law enforcement would have complicated something that was fairly strait forward?
I should also hasten to anyone who might still believe that law enforcement actually murdered Teresa Halbach, that what Kenny Peterson’s comment that Dean Strang jumped on, (“It would have been easier to kill Steven Avery…” coarse as it was, makes perfect sense. Why kill an innocent young woman and attempt, very badly, I might add, to pin the crime on someone else when it would have been much easier to simply kill Steven Avery if they were going to go to such lengths?
One got the impression, too, from watching Making A Murderer that the vial of blood in police evidence was the source of Steven Avery’s blood in the RAV4. But again, having gone to such lengths, it would make no sense for whoever might have done such a thing to return the vial of blood which, if later found, would only serve to raise suspicions.
After viewing the series a second time, and focusing on key parts, I started to heavily suspect one of the bit players in the drama: Ryan Hillegas. My thinking went like this: If Hillegas had access to Teresa Halbach’s computer — phone records, emails, EVERYTHING, he very easily could have know where she would be and when. What better suspect? And what about the fact that he was snooping on her in the first place? That could only mean that there were lingering, yet unresolved feelings of hurt, and very likely jealously and rage.
And if, after the breakup, Teresa had moved on, she probably would have started dating other men. So, if Ryan Hillegas was still spying on her, all of his feelings of anger and rejection would have been further stoked by being privy to all of the details of her private such as may be inferred by phone records and emails. Every time she got a call from a new lover, Ryan Hillegas knew about it. If Teresa’s lover(s) sent pictures, described their romance in emails, intimate details of their sex life, or, even, God forbid all of the things she disliked about Ryan, Ryan Hillegas would have been going out of his mind.
If Ryan was spying on Teresa in such a manner, he would have been hoist by his petard.
Did Ryan Hillegas murder Teresa Halbach? In coming posts, I’m going to attempt to make a convincing case as to why he should have been more of a suspect all along. As things occurred way back in 2005, he was never asked for so much as an alibi for the time period it is believed that Teresa went missing.
So let’s have a closer look at Ryan Hillegas, shall we?