I was asked on the now defunct IMDB Polanski board by Numby if I would feel the same for a ditch digger as I do for Roman Polanski. When I said to Numby that yes, I would. He went on to call me a few expletives, then proceeded to call me a liar. I told him he was wrong and went on to mention my feelings regarding the two men in the now well-publicized Netflix docu-series MAKING A MURDERER, the story of the wrongful imprisonment for eighteen years of Steven Avery for the rape of Penny Beernsten, then his re-arrest by Calument and Manitowoc investigators he was suing for wrongful imprisonment. Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey are now serving life sentences for the rape and murder of victim Teresa Halbach. The reason I mention them is that Avery was part-owner of an auto wrecking yard, and Dassey was a sixteen-year-old special needs young man. What makes me so hateful of Numby for his belief I wouldn’t care for either Avery or Dassey or both is that the level of my compassion does not only lie with famous Polish movie directors. To me Avery and Dassey are easily in the same boat as Roman Polanski. And I’ll proceed to tell you why.
A little background information for you. Back in July 1985 a young woman by the name of Penny Beernsten was raped and left for dead by an assailant she identified as Steven Avery, a local auto wrecking yard owner who had had no less than a few run-ins with the authorties. By 1985 Avery had been on the radar with the authorities for various offenses, but nothing that denoted an escalation of sexually-based crime. Usually in the case of rape or sexual assault there is a pattern of escalation in terms of what the perpetrator begins to do to become a rapist. In the case of Canadian murderer Paul Bernardo, he began with sexual assault by taking his victims from behind, then forcing them down onto the ground than anally raping them. In total there were about a dozen victims of what came to be known as the Scarborough Rapist. A few years later Bernardo and his then wife, Karla Homolka, raped three school girls including her own sister, Tammy Homolka, and two others Kristin French and Leslie Mahaffey. Before that Bernardo and Homolka drugged three women to rape them while they were unconscious, recording them on tape while they did. In this case there was that escalation of raping while the victim was aware of what he was doing, then drugging them to rape them while they were unconscious as they did with Tammy, but then kidnapping both Kristin and Lesley that ended in murder, with the latter dismembered and encased in concrete. However, with Avery there was no inciting incident, no original rape that would begin the escalation.
Avery was convicted and sent to prison for 32 years for rape and attempted murder. And the story should have ended there…. only it didn’t.
Shortly after Steven was sent to prison for the Penny Beernsten assault, his appellate lawyers applied for two appeals that went no where. It looked like Avery was going to be doing the full length of his prison sentence. However, in 1995 after Avery had spent ten years behind bars a guard at the prison where Avery was being held received a call from a guard in another jurisdiction regarding a serial rapist by the name of Gregory Allen. Allen was serving time for another rape, but he had also confessed to another rape he said happened in Manitowoc County. The call was dismissed because according to Manitowoc, they had their rapist in prison serving a sentence. The problem with this was Avery had more than a dozen people who had provided an alibi for him, also there was no real evidence against him for the Beernsten rape other than a single blonde hair that according to tests, was consistent with that of Penny Beernsten. But nothing else connected Avery to the rape. No fluids, no sperm, no DNA, no nothing, yet he was serving 32 years for the crime.
Flash forward to 2003 Steven Avery filed another appeal based on the new science of DNA testing that had by that time, exonerated several men who had been serving time in prison for rapes they did not commit. Avery hoped that this was the one thing that would eventually clear him. His appeal was granted and that same year, a vial of Steven Avery’s blood was taken to be tested with the fluids that were collected from Penny Beernsten’s body during the rape kit exam back in 1985. That blood was tested along with the sperm and it was shown that Avery was not the contributor of the sample. It was then found out about the call that was made back in 1995 regarding Gregory Allen to the prison where Avery was serving his time. Allen’s DNA was collected and it was a perfect match to the fluids left on Penny’s body. Steven Avery was immediately released from prison in 2003 having served 18 years of his life behind bars. As a result Avery filed a wrongful conviction suit against both Calumet and Manitowoc Counties.
Two years later in October 2005 a woman by the name of Teresa Halbach disappeared having been at Avery’s wrecking yard on an assignment for Auto Trader Magazine. After an investigation police and sheriffs of Calumet and Manitowoc counties arrested Steven Avery for Halbach’s rape and murder based on a confession obtained from his nephew, Brendan Dassey. During the trial Avery settled his wrongful conviction case with Wisconsin for a paltry sum of $400,000.00, down from the 38 million he’d originally filed for. The money Avery needed to pay his lawyers, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting. After Avery was convicted Manitowoc prosecutor Ken Kratz convicted Brendan Dassey based on his confession to investigators Mark Weigert and Tom Fassbender. You can view Brendan’s “confession” below.
Like in the Polanski case there’s all kinds of stink involved with Avery and Dassey’s convictions. First of all is the fact that hte ones who conducted the investigation were the same people Steven Avery had filed his wrongful conviction civil suit against. Second was what Brendan Dassey confessed to did not match the lack of evidence. Namely, in the “confession” Brendan is guided by Fassbender and Weigert to tell what he and Avery had done to Teresa Halbach, including slitting her throat and shooting her in the head after they’d raped her in Avery’s bedroom. Brendan had said Avery had chained Halbach to the bed, and as she fought with him, they raped her. The problem is there were no marks on the perfect headboard where Brendan had said they’d raped her. Next there was no blood anywhere in the bedroom where Brendan said Avery had slit her throat. Next Brendan told that they’d moved Halbach out to the garage and subsequently shot her in the head. He explained there was a lot of blood and that he and Avery had cleaned it all up. Problem with that is even using Luminol,a compound that is sprayed on a surface then an ultraviolet light is used to illuminate the residue of cleaned up blood, there was no blood found. No residue. According to the authorities Avery and Dassey had burned the sheets and coverlet in a burn barrel outside in the yard after they’d burned Halbach’s body to small bone fragments. The problem with that was why didn’t they burn the mattress that would have had blood seepage into the fillers and fabrics? Next is the issue of shooting Halbach in the garage. When authorities searched the garage they found one bullet fragment, but no blood. Nothing. The garage had a lot of car parts and two cars, plus a heavy layer of dust that had settled. According to the confession Brendan gave Weigert and Fassbender he said they’d cleaned that up too. Problem there is that the dust was not disturbed. The police even went to the extent of jackhammering the flooring up to see if anything had seeped into some cracks in the pad, but they found nothing. No blood. There was a small amount of blood found in Teresa Halbach’s Toyota RAV-4 SVU, however, there wasn’t enough to say that her body had been in there, as according to Dassey they’d used her vehicle to move her body from the trailer to the burn pit. But the small amount of blood found in the RAV-4 may have come from the vial of blood used to exonerate Avery in the Beernsten rape two years previous.
This is like Det. Phillip Vannatter carrying a vial of Oj Simpson’s blood from it’s collection at Parker Center to the secondary crime scene at his home at 365 North Rockingham and the small amount of blood found on Simpson’s socks, and the presence of EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) a preservative used in blood collection kits. Did I mention Phillip Vannatter?
As can clearly be seen in the two videos I provided, you can see that Brendan Dassey is slow. He has a low IQ and has been diagnosed with a cognitive disability and with the need to please. People with that kind of a disability will be very easily led to say whatever they’re told to say because they want to please. Steven Avery isn’t any better. He clearly has a low IQ marked at about 70 to Dassey’s 60. They’re functional, however, not devious or able to commit such a terrible crime without making one mistake. And that is the crux of their cases. While there were possessions of Halbach’s found in the burn pit including her cell phone and her camera, there wasn’t enough to say she was murdered at the scrapyard.
So the reason for my post is to dispel Numby’s notion that I only care about “rich” Polish/French film directors, that I’m somehow a groupie or something of Polanski’s. To me both Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey are no different than Roman Polanski. I feel both Dassey and Avery were railroaded in an attempt to get rid of Avery’s wrongful conviction suit that would have bankrupted Manitowoc and even the State of Wisconsin. As for Polanski the jockeying that has occurred in his case clearly shows that no one in the Criminal Courts Division of California wants to admit to wrongdoing in terms of the amount of misconduct with Judge Rittenband and former DA David Wells, not to mention that of Steven Cooley, Jackie Lacey, Judge Peter Espinoza, Judge Larry Fidler, and Phillip Vannatter. Did I mention him before?
My compassion does go out to Dassey and Avery as much as it does Polanski because I hate bullies. I hate inequality and I hate it when authority uses it’s power to abuse and demean the rule of law. So Numby if you’re reading this, you’re an idiot, no worse than that, you’re a fucking idiot. You think you can say what you did without me shoving it in your face? You demeaned me and others with your disgusting talk of calling us “pedophiles” and “pedo-lovers” and called me a rape survivor a cunt and a twat. Well you are nothing more than a small boy who is nothing more than a bully. Those of us who support Roman Polanski support others in the same vein as Polanski. We do not support unfair tribunals where judges and prosecutors abuse their power. Where misconduct is treated like “no big deal” and where those who adjudicate it are not held to the same standard. Those like Rittenband, Wells, Kratz, Cooley, Fassbender, Weigert, who believe they are allowed to do what they did to Roman Polanski, to Steven Avery, to Brendan Dassey without equal punishment….and you, you piece of shit are not allowed to diminish us with your accusations and your foul mouthed vitriol.
So what is the lesson in this: Read and learn the actual facts before you shoot of your mouth. And you’re not allowed to inject things into the conversation that are not relevant. But then you Trump supporters don’t believe in facts. And that will be your downfall.