January 16, 2016

Making A Murderer: God Bless Steven Avery

God Bless Steven Avery. May his name be cleared in court a second time, and may he triumph over his accusers a second time.
Photo: A scene from the Netflix documentary "Making A Murderer" where two detectives mind raped a mentally deficient child, and forced a false confession that led to his immediate arrest and unjust imprisonment.

"this country was built on gangs, you know
i think this country still is run on gangs
republicans, democrats, the police department, the FBI
the CIA, those are gangs, you know what i mean
the correctional officers,
I had a correctional officer tell me straight,
we the biggest gang in New York state
straight up" - Tupac.

The video below has a great discussion about this documentary, which is both the scariest and saddest thing I've ever seen. There are no words to describe the suffering, agony, and pain that Steven Avery and his family have went through. There is no greater hell than being falsely accused of a crime that you didn't commit. The fact that he has had to live through this nightmare not once, but twice, is unimaginable.

Here are some immediate takeaways from the documentary:

1) Mind rape is real. The two detectives and the private investigator mind raped Brendan Dassey. They didn't interrogate him, they didn't question him, they mind raped him.

2) Never threaten a police officer or a family member of a police officer, as Steven Avery stupidly did, or you'll pay the price. In the case of Mr. Avery, he ended up serving 18 years in prison for a crime he didn't do. Others might not be so fortunate.

3) Never sue police officers or the state. It's not worth it. Freedom is more valuable than money. Mr. Avery stupidly sued the cops and county who falsely arrested him once for a crime he didn't commit, hoping to get awarded $36 million in a lawsuit, but instead got falsely arrested for a crime he didn't commit a second time. In a situation like that, just forget the money and get out of town. Life is too short.

4) There are knights in shining armour still around to defend the accused, they just cost a lot of money. The two lawyers that Mr. Avery hired were fantastic. They were the only ones who did their jobs correctly and honestly.

5) It's the small town boss hogs who are the most dangerous, and they should not be poked. Mr. Avery naively believed he was living in a free country when he pushed forward with the lawsuit against Manitowoc County after he came out of prison in 2003. Sometimes you have to let sleeping dogs lie.

6) Never give up. Steven Avery is a testament to the tenacity and perseverance of the human spirit. There were many times when he could've committed suicide, but he chose to stick it out and show his true, innocent colours. There is still hope that he will be free once again, along with his nephew.

Video Title: Making A Murderer: Conspiracy, Evidence Collection & Prosecutor Ethics. Source: TheLipTV. Date Published: January 14, 2016. Description:
Netflix’ MAKING A MURDER follows Steven Avery--a Wisconsin man falsely convicted of rape and exonerated 18 years later. Two years after his release he was arrested for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. In this episode of Crime Time our expert panel (retired FBI S.S.A. Jim Clemente, neuroscientist Dr. James Fallon and former prosecutor Francey Hakes) debate conspiracy theories, the evidence, the jury pool and discuss whether or not the successful conviction of Steven Avery was the result of a conspiracy between the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s department or simply a case of judicial mistakes in this impassioned Crime Time hosted by Allison Hope Weiner.

Jim Clemente is a retired FBI agent and current advisor, writer and producer for the TV series "Criminal Minds." A graduate of Fordham University School of Law, Jim was the head of the Child Sex Crimes Prosecution Team in Bronx County for the New York City Law Department. Clemente has investigated and consulted on thousands of cases involving the violent and sexual crimes, sexual victimization of children, and he has interviewed hundreds of victims and offenders.
Dr. James Fallon is a neuroscientist. He is professor of psychiatry and human behavior and emeritus professor of anatomy and neurobiology in the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. His research interests include adult stem cells, chemical neuroanatomy and circuitry, higher brain functions, and brain imaging. In addition to his neuroscience research, James Fallon has lectured and written on topics ranging from art and the brain, architecture and the brain, law and the brain, consciousness, creativity, the brain of the psychopathic murderer, and the Vietnam War.
Francey Hakes is a child protection and national security consultant. Former federal prosecutor and first National Coordinator for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction.
"The thoroughbred that's ridden through this entire race is in that town. The town did not like the Averys. We know that. They especially, they and the police, did not like Steven Avery, above everybody. That predates the rape accusation." - Dr. James Fallon.