Could SnapMail have saved Teresa Halbach in Making a Murderer?

Teresa Halbach was a 25 year old photographer for a car magazine who was murdered in Wisconsin in 2005. †The subsequent arrests and convictions of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey formed the basis of the hugely popular 10 part documentary series Making a Murderer.


The remains of Teresa Halbach and her Rav4 vehicle were found on the grounds of Steven Avery’s house and adjacent car scrappage yard. †What made the documentary such compelling viewing is that there appeared to be clear evidence that the police were out to get Avery from the beginning and there appeared to be a serious lack of DNA evidence to convict either of them, especially Brendan Dassey. †In fact, Dassey was convicted solely on the basis of his own confession and you would have serious concern’s about the guy’s mental capabilities.

Now, I don’t want to reveal anything further about the Netflix series for fear of spoiling it for those who haven’t yet seen it, but I thought it would be informative to highlight some of the ways in which someone in Teresa Halbach’s situation could have used SnapMail to protect herself.

Firstly, anyone going to meet anyone on their own should have the SnapMail app primed on their mobile phone. †It’s the easiest thing in the world to take a quick and silent snap of someone without them even realising it. †That would have given the investigating authorities the precise time that Teresa Halbach was at Steven Avery’s yard due to the GPS location feature on each photograph. †Even if her mobile phone had been disposed of the evidence would remain in her SnapMail website account.

After she had taken the photo she would have had 5 minutes to disable the text and e-mail notification that would have been sent to 5 of her friends, had she been using the SnapMail Emergency service. †In a worst case scenario she had plenty of time to tell Steven Avery while she was tied up, if indeed she was tied up, that help was on its way and it was not advisable for him to do anything to harm her. †You’d have to assume he wasn’t so stupid as to risk getting caught in those circumstances.

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As a crime prevention tool, as well as a way to help solving crimes that have been committed, SnapMail is a simple, low-cost and effective solution.

It’s quite possible that if Teresa Halbach had deployed the SnapMail app on that fateful day in 2005 then she could be alive today, but even if the crime was still committed we would have a far better idea if the right people are in jail for having done so.

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Download the SnapMail app before Meeting a Stranger

Meeting a stranger in any situation can be stressful, whether that is for a blind date or to collect something you have purchased online or a whole host of other situations. †It also contains hidden risks, some of which could be quite serious, so why not go prepared?

Looking to buy a second-hand car? Before the internet you had to read the small ads in your local paper and trudge around from seller to seller to find something you like. Today, you donít even have to go out to buy the paper!

But not even the internet can eliminate the risks you face when youíre meeting a stranger for the first time, possibly at a location with which you are unfamiliar.

It is not possible for online marketplaces to vet all of their buyers and sellers Ė the numbers are just too great. It is as easy for a recently escaped murderer as a Buddhist monk to sell a car online, without even having to disclose their real identity.

So, when you arrange to meet someone in a deserted car park to test drive the second-hand car of your dreams you really have no idea who youíre meeting. And, if you are arriving with a bag of cash you can understand why someone with bad intentions would consider it a glorious opportunity.

A great way to protect yourself is to take a SnapMail photo of the stranger you are meeting at the point of introduction. Only someone with a guilt complex will object. Of course there is no guarantee that a desperate or hardened criminal wonít still try to rob your cash (and your phone!) but it is likely to prove a serious deterrent for a criminal with even half a brain, especially when he realised that even if he robs your phone, his photo has still been uploaded to your SnapMail website account.

If he does proceed to rob you and makes good his escape, at least you have some excellent photo evidence for the police, backed up by the SnapMail time and location stamps. Thatís not a bad consolation and will definitely make it a lot easier to catch the perpetrator.

Click here to download the free SnapMail app. †It could save your life!

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