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.

SnapMail Emergency

The premium version of the SnapMail app

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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How to enter a Promo Code to upgrade your SnapMail account

The basic version of the awesome SnapMail app is free.  When you’ve downloaded this free version to your mobile phone you can take a photo of an attacker, e-mail this photo to yourself and upload the photo to your private SnapMail website account, all with just one click.

You can upgrade from the free version of SnapMail to the paid version, called SnapMail Emergency, any time you want, but you can only upgrade to SnapMail Emergency once you have downloaded the free version.  Click here to download the free app now.

SnapMail Emergency has all of the features of the free version, but it also has an extra feature which is extremely powerful.  SnapMail Emergency sends an SOS text message and SOS e-mail to 5 of your friends telling them that you could be in trouble.

And it doesn’t even require you to take any action in order for this text message and e-mail to be sent to your 5 Friends.  If you don’t click a link in the e-mail you receive after you take the photograph the app automatically tells your 5 Friends by text and by e-mail.  How awesome is that?!

There are two ways in which you can upgrade to SnapMail Emergency:

  1. You can purchase the upgrade when you are logged in to the SnapMail app on your mobile phone. It costs $2.99 per month, $7.99 for 3 months, $14.99 for 6 months or $24.99 for 12 months.
  2. You can enter a Promo Code that we regularly give our users or which our Partners give out to their members.

To enter your Promo Code, simply login to your SnapMail website account and follow the instructions on the screen where you see the message: Upgrade to SnapMail Emergency via Promo Code.

Users with Android mobile phones may also enter the Promo Code when logged in to the app on their phone, but Apple iOS users may only enter the Promo Code when logged in to your account on the SnapMail website.

If you are experiencing any difficulty entering your Promo Code to upgrade your account please Contact Us immediately and we will sort it out for you.

Similarly, if you or a friend has not yet received a Promo Code just get in contact with us and we will provide you with one.  Tip: You can instantly receive a SnapMail Promo Code by following us on either of our pages on Twitter:

SnapMail Emergency

The premium version of the SnapMail app

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 don’t even have to go out to buy the paper!

But not even the internet can eliminate the risks you face when you’re 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 – 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 you’re 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 won’t 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. That’s 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!

SnapMail Meeting a Stranger

SnapMail Emergency is the premium version of SnapMail

SnapMail Emergency is the premium, or paid-for, version of the free SnapMail mobile phone app.  You can upgrade to the premium version of the app only after you have downloaded the free version on your Apple or Android mobile phones.

The free version of SnapMail allows you to take a photo of an attacker, e-mail it to yourself and store the photo of the attacker in your private account on the SnapMail website, all with ONE click.  Therefore, if the attacker breaks or steals your phone, you still have a photo of him stored remotely.  This is a very powerful crime prevention tool.  All photos have a time stamp, date stamp and GPS location feature so they are very useful evidence of a crime.

SnapMail Emergency has an extra feature on top of the powerful features of the free app.  It sends 5 of your Friends an SOS Text and e-mail if you are in a vulnerable situation.  How does it do this?  The e-mail you receive when you are a premium user of the app contains a link when you take a photo.  If you click the link in the e-mail within 5 minutes you are confirming that you are not in danger.

But, if you fail to click the link in the e-mail within 5 minutes, the SnapMail Emergency app automatically sends an SOS text message and e-mail to 5 of your Friends notifying them that you are in trouble.  How awesome is that?

Therefore, what the premium version of the app does with one single click is:

1. Takes a photo of your attacker, with a time stamp and GPS location

2. E-mails the photo of the attacker to you

3. Saves the photo of the attacker in your private SnapMail website account

4. Notifies 5 of your Friends that you are in trouble

For less that the price of a coffee, the few Dollars, Euro, Pounds per month it costs to subscribe to SnapMail Emergency could protect you from muggers, attackers, rapists, stalkers, kidnappers and murderers.

SnapMail Emergency

Click here to download the free SnapMail app and upgrade to SnapMail Emergency whenever you want.

The Beginners Guide to the SnapMail App

The first thing you need to know about the SnapMail app is that it’s awesome!

It protects you against a wide range of crimes that could be committed against you, such as: Mugging, Assault, Robbery, Sexual Assault or even Murder.

With a single click of the ‘Take SnapMail Photo’ button on your app, it takes a photo of the attacker, e-mails it to you and stores it securely in your SnapMail website account.  How good is that?

All SnapMail photos are time stamped and date stamped, and they also contain a precise GPS location of where the photo was taken. An attacker can’t have an alibi when he has just been SnapMailed!

In a nutshell, the SnapMail app protects you from many different types of crimes because attackers are caught before they commit the crime and hence will most likely leave you alone.  If they do commit the crime and you have taken their photo, you have the best evidence to convict the attacker.

The app is free to download and works on both Apple iOS phones and Android phones, including Samsung.  It’s purely a mobile phone app.  It doesn’t work on tablets.

There is also a paid version of the app, called SnapMail Emergency.  In summary, for a few Dollars a month, this version of the app will send an SOS Text and e-mail to 5 of your friends if you are in a difficult situation.  Using patent pending technology, it is activated if you fail to click a link in an e-mail you are sent when you take the photo using the app.

The last thing you need to know is that you might never need to use it, but, if you do need to use it, you’ll be very relieved that you had downloaded it to your phone.

Free Mobile Phone App That Protects Against Mugging

An off-duty police officer shot and wounded a man who allegedly attacked him with a screwdriver, after intervening in a mugging on Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said that the mugging incident took place in Besters near KwaMashu, Durban.

“A woman, 28, was waiting for her transport between Nyala Road and Ntuzuma Access Road when she was accosted by three men. They threatened her with a firearm and robbed her of her belongings before fleeing on foot,” he said.

“The victim screamed for help and an off-duty police officer who heard her screams, came to her rescue. Two of the men continued to flee.

“However one man attacked the police officer with a screwdriver when he was confronted. After he refused to comply with the police officer’s instructions to stop the attack, the officer fired a shot towards him, wounding the man in the leg,” Naicker added.

The woman had taken a photo of the 3 men with the SnapMail mobile phone app, which sent the photo to her by e-mail and also stored it in her private account on the SnapMail website.  This should prove very valuable in the hunt for the two attackers who escaped as all of the photos have a time and GPS stamp.

There should be no trouble getting a mugging conviction for these men once the photos are produced as evidence.  Five of her friends had also been notified as she had taken the photo using the premium SnapMail Emergency service and obviously had not clicked the link in the e-mail to tell them she was alright.

The injured man remains under police guard in a Durban hospital and will be charged with armed robbery and mugging.

He will appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court as soon as he is discharged. “Police are on the trail of the two outstanding suspects,” Naicker said.

Download the free version of the SnapMail app here.  It could save your life.