Everyone has their own theory on whether or not Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey are guilty or not, and it’s been really interesting to hear what other people think about the case.
But, while Barbara from work might think it’s all a set up, and your uncle Paul thinks that Steven is guilty, most of us are– admittedly – amateurs when it comes to detective work…
Well, The Mirror have turned to Scotland Yard Detectives, and asked for their opinions on the trial. (Spoiler – even they can’t agree…)
Chris Burke, a former anti terrorist branch officer and Detective Superintendent, said:
“It’s as plain as the nose on your face that this has been a total police fit up. The first wrongful conviction of rape was bad enough but this is an absolute outrage.
It took six or seven searches to find Teresa’s car key which was then found by officers who were involved in the first case against Steven.
If Steven killed Teresa why would he hide her vehicle on his own car lot? Why wouldn’t he have driven it somewhere else?
If Teresa was tied up, stabbed and killed on the bed inside Steven’s trailer as stated in Brendan’s confession then where is the forensic evidence?
My guess is that someone else on that site killed Teresa and saw the bonfire Steven and Brendan had set and took the opportunity to put her body in there when they weren’t around.
Brendan’s confession would never have been allowed in a court in Britain. HE had no parent, no solicitor and seemed to agree with everything the detectives put to him before later denying it. He’s of very low intelligence and nothing he said seemed to make any sense.
I cannot believe that his evidence was admissible in court.”
Callum Sutherland – an ex-Met Detective Sergeant, and the current acting vice President for the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciencescompletely disagreed:
“I think Steven Avery is guilty and the documentary is edited in such a way to make us question that guilt.
There’s been a lot made about the lack of forensic evidence in the case. I think there’s no forensics in the trailer because the victim was killed in Avery’s garage. If he and Brendan had killed her on a sheet they could have simply burned it.
There’s not always a lot of blood when someone is murdered, it very much depends on how it’s done.
Brendan said he slit Teresa’s throat but it may have been nothing more than a nick. There may not have been a lot of blood when she was stabbed because if, as Brendan confessed, the knife went into her heart most of the bleeding would most likely have been internal.
I think Brendan is guilty because he knew things that only someone who was there would have known. He talked about Teresa’s body having been in the back of her vehicle which would have been consistent with the blood that was discovered by police.
I think they tried to clean up that blood but that the light wasn’t great by then and they couldn’t see it all. When the police look for blood stains they use bright lights which Avery and Dassey wouldn’t have had access to at that time.
I think the police made a lot of mistakes during the investigation which gave the defence room for manipulation. Most of those mistakes were due to a lack of experience in dealing with such huge cases and could have been made in Britain 20 years or so ago.”
Rod Goddard, an ex Detective Inspector of 20 years, has also worked as a criminal defence barrister, and he spoke less about whether Steven and Brendan are guilty or innocent, and more about whether they got a fair trial:
“None of us actually know whether Steven Avery murdered Teresa, only he knows that. The question to be asked now is did he get a fair trial and the answer is almost certainly no and neither did Brendan Dassey .
In Steven’s trial, the prosecution’s case theory is that Teresa was murdered in the garage, thus explaining the lack of forensic evidence in his trailer.
You simply cannot rape, stab and slit someone’s throat in a bed without leaving a mass of forensic evidence behind.
In Brendan’s trial they asked the Jury to believe his confession that Teresa was tied up on the bed, stabbed and had her throat cut. Which was it?
It seems to me that the prosecution can’t have it both ways. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened had the two men been on trial together, which is probably why that didn’t happen.
In regard to Brendan’s confession, it would never have been admissible in a British court.
He was a child with learning difficulties questioned alone by two experienced detectives, without a parent or a solicitor present. No British court would have accepted his confession as evidence. Give me an hour with Brendan and I could have him admitting to anything I wanted.”
We wonder if we’ll ever know what actually happenedthat day.