Teresa Halbach, the young Wisconsin photographer who was murdered in a case presented in the Making a killer series on Netflix, he grew up on a dairy farm and was close to his big united family.
The remnants of Teresa's last days, from her Wild Cherry Pepsi can to her Canon camera and the rivets on her Daisy Fuentes jeans, were subject to endless forensic analysis and testimony of trials and now the infamy of the Internet.
It's happening again, as Netflix launches Making a killer Season 2 on October 19, 2018. The series, like the first one, focuses mainly on defense theories that Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, the two men convicted of Halbach's murder, are innocent. Prosecutors and courts have denied those claims, and both men remain in prison. Avery is Dassey's uncle.
Before all that, however, Teresa Halbach was a promising young woman, 25 years old.
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In October 2005, the month of her death, Halbach, with short, sporty brown hair that she wore behind her ears, expressive brown eyes, a big smile that dominated her face, was a young enthusiast with a cheerful personality and a new business of photography. She trained on her little sister's volleyball team at a Catholic school, listened to the Beatles and No Doubt, observed "Extreme Makeover" with her younger sisters and dreamed of being a mother. The details in this article, unless otherwise indicated, come from the court records in Manitowoc County, including a testimony of voluminous judgment, such as that of Teresa's family and friends, who appeared before the court. court to describe the young man of the jury.
Teresa was one of those people that other people remember as the "life of the party" without looking like a cliche. When she filmed a video diary that was later played in court, she used the word "love" seven times in eight sentences.
Friends told We Are Green Bay TV that Teresa had an "electric personality" and that she was "simply a happy and carefree midwestern girl."
His friends and his mother, in testimonies and interviews in the media, talked about his contagious smile. They talked about his "enthusiasm for life".
Seven years before the murder, Halbach, raised on a dairy farm, graduated from Hilbert High School, a field school in Wisconsin with fewer than 200 students. Hilbert, a population of approximately 1,100 people, is located in Calumet County between Lake Winnebago and Lake Michigan.
An old railway town, it hosts events such as a cheese Derby picnic and a Cheesehead race.
Teresa went to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to graduate in photography, graduated in 2002 from Summa Cum Laude and worked in the university newspaper, according to transcripts of the essays and Green Bay TV. He was part of a commercial marketing group in Green Bay and dated a Hilbert high school student named Ryan Hillegas for about five years before they split up romantically. (It has become a central figure of controversy in defense movements in the case).
It was a large family, with parents, Thomas and Karen, and four brothers and sisters. Tomás was actually Teresa's stepfather; her father had died at age 31 in 1988. The brunette of 5-6, 135 pounds (measured by her missing poster) was an avid traveler. Visited Spain, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and around the US UU., And was known for singing karaoke, according to his obituary.
On a tribute page, a friend remembered how Teresa had agreed to sing karaoke with her, but surprised her with her incredible voice. The friend stopped singing. I did not want to ruin the song, but Teresa urged her to continue singing. Hillegas said he planned to disguise himself as a cowgirl that Halloween; He was sociable and liked to go to parties and, sometimes, to bars, like many people in their twenties. That Saturday, she had gone to a party in Green Bay.
Tim was his older brother, and then Mike, who later gained fame from the media and documentaries for his many press conferences representing the family. He worked for the Green Bay Packers. She had two younger sisters, Katie and Kelly. Teresa lived next to her parents, in an old farm they owned, her mother testified. He had moved home because his rent was going to go up. Why do not you move closer to home, suggested his mother? His parents offered him a deal in the rent.
Teresa was especially close with her younger sisters, shopping, watching movies and she came to the family farm on Sunday nights, where the three of them watched their favorite television shows together. It was common for Halbach's children to stop on Sundays. For most of the weeks, he would stop once or twice at the family farm or call.
Teresa took pictures with a Canon PowerShot A310 digital camera. She was organized, the kind of person who tended to keep boxes and receipts. Teresa's mother showed a family picture to the jury. In it, the family sits on a bale of hay with a red barn typical of Wisconsin in the background.
Katie Halbach was 11 years younger than Teresa. She told the jury that they were nearby, and that the two younger sisters would sleep in Teresa or go shopping with her to buy clothes. Teresa usually carried a PDA, a Palm Pilot that she bought at Target. All the tools of the job. Teresa liked to shop at Kohl's, and she had a pair of Daisy Fuentes jeans. Her sister noticed that Teresa used them and commented that "Daisy Fuentes was an older person, so I wore old jeans." The jeans had small rivets that said "Daisy Fuentes" on them. This later would be important. He remembered that his sister liked Wild Cherry Pepsi.
On Sunday October 30, 2005, the family met for the last time to celebrate Teresa's grandfather's birthday, which was technically on Halloween. Teresa and all her brothers were there. That night, they milked cows. At 7, Teresa returned to see "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" with her sisters. She stayed until 10.
In the video diary, which Halbach created three years before she was murdered, she spoke of her dreams and her death. "Let's say I died tomorrow, I do not think I'll do it, I think I have a lot more to do … I just want the people I love to know that every time I die, I'm happy, I'm happy with what I did with my life "he says in it.
She said in the video diary that she wanted to be a mother "because that's the only thing I've always known I want to be: a mother, but there's a reason for everything, and I'll be a good mom someday. "
Teresa also said that she was religious and loved God. She was positive, she loved to travel, she loved to congratulate people, she loved to make people laugh.
"I love knowing that I like who I am. I love taking photos. I love holding a camera in my hand. I love children. I love babies I do not hate anyone. I love many people. I feel loved."
She had a roommate named Scott Bloedorn. Bloedorn told police he spoke with Teresa that Sunday about the "Halloween parties they had both attended over the weekend." He said they were "only roommates" and that they lived in the same house for 8-9 months. He said that Teresa was "always in a good mood and very close to her family," say police reports.
In her last semester at the university, Teresa interned with Tom Pearce Photography in Green Bay. After graduating, he continued to work with Pearce, but then he realized that he wanted to have his own business, so he opened Photography of Teresa. He took pictures of children, weddings and graduations, and spent little time on earth photographing life and the happier moments of other people. He also worked part time for AutoTrader magazine.
People would call AutoTrader to advertise their cars. A photographer was assigned a specific area, and Teresa would make an appointment with the seller. The goal was to do this for a while until his own business took off enough to concentrate on that. Angela Schuster, manager of AutoTrader, based in Milwaukee, said Teresa was hired as a photographer in October 2004, according to a defense appeal brief. Most of the jobs were pre-established in the AutoTrader office, but most of the photographers also took shots that they called "hurried shots." This meant that the photographer established his own agreements with the client and then sold them to the magazine. Halbach made many of these quick shots because they brought in more money.
The police spoke with a man with whom she had a personal relationship (she is now a local DJ and has no criminal record). I was still in contact with Hillegas, who declared that the last time he saw her that Sunday too. He told the police that they had left for five years at the end of high school and the first part of the university, breaking up in 2001. They were talking "maybe once a week sometimes", and he was also a friend of his roommate , Bloedorn, who worked in construction.
No one thought Teresa had real enemies, although Pearce told authorities that she saw her receive unwanted calls a few weeks before the murder. "Oh, not him again," he said, without identifying the caller. When Pearce expressed concern, she said not to worry about that. Who was doing them is still one of the mysteries of the case.
Teresa had held photo shoots at Avery's Auto Salvage five times before Halloween, including June 20, August 22, August 29, September 19, and October 10, the transcripts said. On one occasion, he told a co-worker that Avery opened the door with a towel. She thought it was "spooky". Teresa called Janda's voice mail at 11:43 a.m. and left a message. It was played on the court. (Barb Janda is the sister of Steven Avery.)
"Hi, this is Teresa with AutoTrader magazine, I'm the photographer, and I'm just calling to let you know I can go today, um, in the afternoon, it's probably around 2 o'clock or even a little bit later. , please, give me back the call and let me know if that will work for you, because I do not have your address or anything, so I can not go without receiving the – a call behind you … again, it's Teresa … thanks . "She also left her phone number.
"The appointment was death," a prosecutor told a jury later. "Little did she know what awaited her."