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Making a Murderer – Brendan Dassey

I’m not 100% convinced either way on the guilt or innocence of Steven Avery (although the rule that criminals should be found guilty beyond reasonable doubt would say that you should find a defendant not guilty if you have a lot of uncertainty).

But it seems extremely unfair that Brendan Dassey, a semi-retarded kid, has to spend most of his life in prison when, at worst, an older authority figure (his uncle) coerced him into committing a crime he didn’t want to commit and, according to the prosecutors’ own story, was wracked with guilt over it. And there’s a good chance that he didn’t do anything but merely told investigators what they wanted him to say because he was subject to psychological manipulation by aggressive interrogators.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 30, 2016 at 10:40 am

Posted in Crime, Law, Television

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  1. So you think that it’s possible that someone else happened to kill the girl and then manage to bury her on Avery’s property? He was harassing a woman, she goes to his place, ends up dead. The body is found on his property, and the bullet found inside of her was linked to his gun. Even if you assume all the DNA stuff was faked, that’s more than enough. If this is not beyond reasonable doubt, nothing is, and all murderers should be let go.

    As far as the nephew, I think that the criminal justice system should provide a sense of comfort to the families. I know that if it was my family member, I’d want to see the kid fried, regardless of whatever excuses you have.

    If stupidity is a defense, you have to empty the jails, as all criminals are pretty stupid. And once you make stupidity a defense, every liberal filmmaker and attorney in the world will make sure that criminals with IQs of 90 will be pretending that their IQ is 70. That’s already happening to a certain extent.

    Like Avery, at the very least the nephew won’t be breeding anymore.


    January 30, 2016 at 11:03 am

    • If the cops framed him, they could have rubbed some of the blood Halbach’s car onto a bullet they found on his property. Perhaps that’s more likely than Avery shooting her in the shed where they found the bullet, but being able to clean up ALL evidence of the shooting besides the bullet.

      I’m not saying I’m 100% sure either way. The evidence that the key was planted is pretty compelling.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 30, 2016 at 11:26 am

  2. Some more about the past of the left’s latest hero. Criminal justice reform! Free this innocent man! (so he can hopefully breed more)

    “9. The animal cruelty story was worse than described

    In a sympathetic portrayal, the show refers to misbehavior with a cat as it quickly highlights Avery’s criminal past.

    However, in addition to a burglary charge, a young Avery actually poured gasoline on a cat and then threw it into a bonfire, according to The Associated Press.

    8. Avery was violent to other women

    The docuseries mentioned Avery once held his female cousin at gunpoint, but the list of violence apparently didn’t end there.

    The now-53-year-old allegedly raped a young girl and threatened to kill her family if they spoke out, according to a story by the Appleton Post Crescent.

    Another older woman told to keep quiet also accused Avery of rape, according to the paper.

    And, during a bail hearing for Avery, prosecutors said Avery had drawn up diagrams while in prison for a torture chamber to kill women.”


    January 30, 2016 at 11:08 am

  3. If for no other reason, the series was worth watching because it was a revealing window into the lives of some extremely dumb people. I spent years doing construction and still hang out with people in that field sometimes, so I like to think that I have a handle on how the white prole population operates. But this was a reminder that there’s a whole separate layer of people below them, people who can barely function in everyday life. I seriously doubt Brendan could hack it as a plumber or carpenter, although with some direction he could be the kid who throws the scraps into the dumpster. Steven Avery was a little smarter and could be a crappy contractor, but he’d still get befuddled by building codes and any detail out of the norm.


    January 30, 2016 at 11:16 am

  4. I really couldn’t disagree more.

    To me, the evidence strongly indicates Steven Avery’s guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. There is additional damning information that doesn’t appear in the documentary (and let’s face it – the filmmakers’ agenda was to cast the Avery’s as victims). I’d also encourage you to watch the interview with his ex-fiancee, Jodi, who is 100% convinced of his guilt. He apparently tormented her and threatened to murder her and her family.

    Setting all legal standards aside, I look at it this way: Steven Avery was already harassing Teresa Holbrook, who had expressed her fear of him to her boss after he once answered the door in only a towel. He continuously called the magazine requesting that she, in particular, come to his property to photograph the van. He was the last person to see her alive, and her bones, car key, and Rav 4 were found on his property. Avery’s DNA was in her car. Holbrook’s DNA was found on a bullet that came from a .22 caliber gun that Steven kept above his bed.

    Is it really feasible that a small town police force framed Steven Avery by abducting a young woman that very recently visited his property, shooting her with Avery’s gun, spraying his DNA on the Rav4, adding Holdbrook’s DNA to the bullet, then dumping her bones, car, and key on Avery’s property?

    As for Brendan, he likely was afraid of Avery and obeyed his orders out of fear, confusion, and curiosity. He’s no hero, though. Maybe he should be granted parole someday, but frankly, my sympathy lies with the Holdbrook family.


    January 30, 2016 at 7:09 pm

  5. I feel sorry for Aaron Hernandez. What do people think about the crimes he was alleged to have convicted?

    Free Aaron Hernandez

    January 30, 2016 at 9:59 pm

  6. On a related note, Sailer has a pretty good post about the upcoming OJ Simpson mini-series on the FX channel. Obviously this will also deal with many LotB recurring topics, such as crime, race, and the legal system.

    I don’t watch much TV but I’m going to tune in.


    January 31, 2016 at 12:04 pm

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