'Making a Murderer'- Planted evidence or not ?
Before I address some of the shocking moments of MAM, I should mention that I am going to attack these through the eyes of a "guilter". I think it is important to remember that Steven Avery is convicted of the crime. Therefore, I will try to debunk the perception of people who are 100% convinced that Steven is innocent.
That Blasted Key
This is the most difficult piece of evidence to explain. I mean, we have all heard that the police were in Steven's trailer a total of 7 times before they found the key. That may be true, but some of those entries were to find one particular item or piece of information, such as the serial number from his computer. So, it is not factual to assume that they actually did a thorough search on each and every entry.
Do you really believe the rumor circulating that Sgt. Andrew Colborn spent a full hour and a half just searching that little bookcase ? He testified that he got a little rough with it, twisting it, turning it, etc. But, looking at the photo, it's easy to tell that the contents would have fallen out if he was just tossing this thing around.
My thoughts are that the key was under or inside a slipper. Or, it could have really been wedged between the bookcase and the wall. Once you look at the photo, it's not so obvious that it was planted. If the police wanted to plant the key, why would they need to look so obvious about it ? Wouldn't they place it somewhere very discreet to appear as if it was being concealed ?
Police planted the key: DEBUNKED
The Blood Vial
Jerry Buting was ecstatic when he saw the hole in the blood vial. They had finally caught the break that they needed, or so it appeared.
They would later discover that it was common practice. In fact, the nurse who actually drew the blood from Steven Avery was willing to testify at trial if requested.
They were hoping that this hole in the vial would explain how the police were able to have a sample of Steven's blood to plant in the Rav4. The defense also asked the jury to believe that Lt. Lenk remembered signing this piece of evidence in over 18 years ago. Basically, the documentary made the viewer think that the instant the Rav4 was found at the salvage yard, Lt. Lenk remembered this vial, snuck into the evidence room, stuck a syringe into the vial, and left with a sample of Steven's blood. He did this because he was deposed over a lawsuit that he knew almost nothing about. Likely ? No.
The pattern of the blood is another concern of the Avery supporters. I'm not a scientist, so I cannot explain why it looks like a Q-tip applied it. You could probably parade a list of experts from both sides that would have completely different answers. Therefore, I will state that since the blood did not contain EDTA, the blood in the Rav4 was most likely caused by contact rather than a Q-tip. I simply do not buy the theory that it came from a sink in the trailer. At trial, the defense argued that it was old blood. I don't feel it is fair to suddenly remember about a bloody sink several months later and expect us to believe it.
The blood was planted: DEBUNKED
What are your thoughts on the blood that was found in the Rav4 ?
Calling in the Plates
Making A Murderer did a brilliant job of making Sgt. Andrew Colborn look like a bumbling keystone cop from a cartoon. However, what it didn't tell you was that this was a decorated officer of the law, respected member of the community, family man, and even campaigned to be Sheriff when Kenneth Peterson retired.
Colborn was on the receiving end of a telephone call about the possibility of another man being guilty for a rape that someone in his jail was charged with. He passed the call on to his superior and that was seemingly the end of it. In fact, he never even filed a report on it until he learned that Steven Avery had been freed when DNA pointed to Gregory Allen. Sgt.Colborn could have just not written the report and let it go. Instead, he took it to his boss and admitted that he had taken that call years before. Meanwhile, Steven was released from prison, innocent of the rape that he had served many years in prison for. The defense tried to convince the jury that Colborn was so embarrassed by this "mistake" that he carried this shame with him and hated Steven Avery for it. Why on Earth would he be angry at Steven ? If anything, you would think that he feels he "owes a break" to the man who he supposedly kept locked up.
Let's move forward to the moment that still has supporters booing and hissing at the mere mention of Colborn's name.
Colborn goes on to explain that he had been given the information earlier in a call from Mark Wiegert, an investigator from another county. He was simply checking with his own dispatch to confirm the information that he had written down. In fact, he said he does this regularly, so that explains why he might not even remember where he was at the minute he made the call. However, people just cannot accept that this was anything other than him looking at the vehicle when we made the call.
I watched this video clip a number of times, went over the transcripts, but couldn't convince myself he was telling the truth. Then, it finally hit me and I realized that he was being honest on the stand. After he confirmed the plate number, he asked the dispatcher if it was a "99 Toyota " ? If he was really looking at this vehicle, would he automatically know the year it was made ? Playing that clip again, with that thought in mind, and suddenly it sounds to me like a man verifying his notes. Also, he obviously knew this call was being recorded. This is not something someone being sneaky would do.
Colborn found the Rav4 and called it in: DEBUNKED
It's possible that we will never know the full truth about this case. There are so many things that cannot be explained except by the person who committed the crime. Hopefully, that person is the one who was convicted and imprisoned. Otherwise, he may be the unluckiest man in the world.