March 22, 2023

Teresa Halbach (Convicting a Murderer) Bio, Wiki, Age, Photographer, Family, Boyfriend (Ryan Hillegas), Missing, Found Dead, Convicted Murderer Confession

Teresa Halbach Bio, Wiki

Teresa Halbach (birth name Teresa Marie Halbach) was born on March 22nd, 1980 in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, US. She is known for her work on Convicting a Murderer. She was murdered on October 31st, 2005, in Wisconsin, USA. Steven Avery, 57, and his nephew Brendan Dassey, 29 were convicted of killing Halbach in 2005, when she worked as a freelance photographer.

While the story brought international attention to Teresa Halbach’s murder, most of it was focused on allegations of a police cover-up and whether the right people were in jail. In September 2019, an unidentified Wisconsin prisoner is said to have admitted the notorious murder in a taped interview with the Netflix documentary crew’s producers. The prisoner will be part of the upcoming true-crime series “Convicting a Murderer”.

Teresa Halbach Parents

She was the daughter of Richard Halbach and Karen Halbach. She had fours siblings,  Kelly Halbach, Michael Halbach, Katie Halbach, and Timothy Halbach. She coached her younger sister’s 7th-grade volleyball team at St. John-Sacred Heart School.

When Teresa Halbach was eight, her father died and her mother went on to marry his brother, Thomas, her former brother-in-law.

Teresa spent her formative years on her parents’ 225-acre, 60-cow dairy farm. As a young girl, she was known to enjoy the outdoors and helping her parents take care of the animals.

Teresa was a member of St. John-Sacred Heart Parish in St. John and graduated from Hilbert High School in 1998.

In her senior year of college, Halbach worked as an intern for Pearce Photography in Green Bay.

In 2002, she graduated from college Summa Cum Laude with a degree in photography.

Teresa Halbach Education

Halbach went to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where she studied photography. When she started as a photographer on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s student newspaper, Fourth Estate, in fall 2001, she listed her life goal as becoming a photojournalist for National Geographic

Teresa Halbach Career

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Teresa Halbach took a job as a portrait photographer with Pearce Photography. She also started her own photography business, Photography by Teresa, which she operated out of the Pearce studio.

On her archived web site, Halbach said her goal was to “capture emotion in portraits, showing natural smiles and not that ‘posed’ look.” In late 2004, Teresa Halbach decided she wanted to be closer to her family, so she rented a house owned by her parents next door to the farm. She commuted half an hour each way to work in Green Bay. In her spare time, she coached her sister Kelly’s grade seven volleyball team at St. John-Sacred Heart School in Sherwood.

Besides her love for photography, Teresa loved spending time with her family and friends. When she would sing karaoke, she loved to belt out “Picture” by Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock. She was also passionate about traveling. She visited Mexico with a friend, went to Spain for a month on her own, and traveled to New Zealand and Australia, where she learned to scuba dive.

Teresa Halbach Video Diary for a Class Project

Teresa Halbach got candid in an undated video diary recorded for a class project at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and shot in her Appartement. In the video, a relaxed Halbach looks into the camera and says she loves hugs and believes everyone needs “nine hugs a day in order to feel loved.”

Teresa lists a number of things that she loves “being happy,” that she has lots of friends, and knows that she has “nothing to complain about.”

She goes on to say of her “loves,” including making people laugh, getting compliments, the Beatles, God, No Doubt, and Gwen Stefani. She then talks about one of her greatest passions, photography. “I love taking pictures. I love holding a camera in my hand.”

Perhaps a nod to her future desires and dreams, Halbach adds “I love kids, I love babies.”

She continues saying that she loves to travel, and talking about her adventures. Teresa opens up further in the video; she likes who she is and loves “being myself with everyone I know.”

She also discusses her family, “I love knowing that my family’s health.” Later in the video, she says, “I love my sisters, my mom, my whole family of course.”

In a later part of the video diary, Teresa Halbach talks openly and honestly about her future. Relaxing on a sofa in her apartment, she confesses, “So let’s say I die before I’m 31. Let’s say I die tomorrow. I don’t think I will. I think I have a lot more to do.”

“I just want to know that whenever I do die, I just want people I love to know that whenever I die, that I was happy,” her voice trailing off. “That I’m happy with what I did with my life.”

“The only thing is if it happened now is that I wish I could have become a mother. Because that’s one thing I’ve always known that I want – to be a mom.”

Halbach looks into the camera, playing with her hands, “But there’s a reason for everything.” Adding, “And I will be a good mom one day. I will. As long as I’m happy.” After these eerily prophetic statements, Teresa Halbach then ends the video.

Teresa Halbach Job for “Auto Trader Magazine” 

To help supplement her income, Teresa Halbach got a job as a photographer with Auto Trader magazine. She drove her Toyota RAV4 to different locations to take shots of the vehicles that were being put up for sale.

Two weeks before Halbach disappeared, she put her notice in at Auto Trader. Photography by Halbach was getting more and more clients, and she was too busy to take on the extra work from the magazine. It has been alleged that Halbach told her clients, including the Averys, a property she visited at least 15 times before her rape and murder, that she was leaving Auto Trader.

At the time, Halbach told Auto Trader that she no longer wanted to go to the Avery property and take pictures. On a previous visit, Avery came to the door wearing just a towel. The young woman felt uncomfortable.

On the morning of October 31st, 2005, the day Teresa Halbach disappeared, Steven Avery called the magazine and asked them “to send the girl who was out here before.” She didn’t want to go, but the magazine asked her to, as one last favor.

Teresa Halbach Dissapearance & Found Dead 

Photographer Teresa Halbach disappeared on October 31st, 2005; her last known appointment was a meeting with Avery, at his home on the grounds of Avery’s Auto Salvage, to photograph his sister’s minivan that he was offering for sale on Halbach’s vehicle was found partially concealed in the salvage yard, and bloodstains recovered from its interior matched Avery’s DNA. Investigators later identified charred bone fragments found in a burn pit near Avery’s home as Halbach’s.

 Steven Avery, 57, and his nephew Brendan Dassey, 29
Steven Avery, 57, and his nephew Brendan Dassey, 29

Avery, a Manitowoc County, Wisconsin man, and his then-teenage nephew, Dassey, were convicted in 2007 of murdering Halbach, whose bone and teeth fragments were unearthed from a burn pit and barrels behind Avery’s trailer on the family salvage yard property where Avery, Dassey, and other family members lived. Avery had been recently freed from a Wisconsin prison after serving years for a previous sexual assault DNA evidence later showed he didn’t commit.

At first, Halbach, who had gone to the junkyard property at Avery’s request to photograph his sister’s van for a magazine, was regarded as a missing person. Then, her vehicle was discovered by civilian searchers on the junkyard property, and, eventually, investigators found her burnt remains. Avery was convicted on the basis of forensic and circumstantial evidence – such as his blood being found in the victim’s car, which was found on his family’s property – and Dassey was convicted largely on the basis of videotaped confessions that the defense challenged, ultimately unsuccessfully, in court. In Making a Murderer Part 2, Zellner aggressively pokes holes in the prosecution’s theories in the case, involving the blood evidence, burn location, and other things.

Teresa Halbach Boyfriend (Ryan Hillegas)

Ryan Hillegas was Teresa Halbach’s ex-boyfriend and was among the people actively involved actively in the search for the young photographer after she went missing back in 2005. Halbach’s death was dissected in Making a Murderer on Netflix. Hillegas comes up several ways in trial testimony, and he’s become one of the most scrutinized people in the murder victim’s circle.

Steven Avery lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, in a 2017 court motion, pointed the finger at Hillegas as someone she argues law enforcement should have investigated more thoroughly.  Zellner declared in documents filed at the Manitowoc County Courthouse that she suspects Teresa Halbach’s killer was her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Ryan Hillegas.

Steven Avery, the man convicted, along with his nephew Brendan Dassey, of murdering Halbach. Making a Murderer season 2 premiered October 19th, 2018, on Netflix, and it heavily features Zellner’s theories. Some of the crime scene photos can be viewed here.

Authorities have never arrested, charged, nor accused Hillegas of having any complicity in the crime at all. Rather, they prosecuted Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey for the murder, winning convictions before juries.

A convicted murderer Confesses to Murdering Teresa Halbach

A convicted murderer from the State of Wisconsin has confessed to murdering photographer Teresa Halbach, the director of an upcoming documentary on the case told Heavy in a statement. The inmate is not Steven Avery or his nephew Brendan Dassey.

The alleged confession’s legitimacy hasn’t been verified, including by Avery’s appellate lawyer, who is investigating it.

Avery’s lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, shared the written confession on Twitter. It identifies the inmate as Joseph Evans Jr.