Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey might be in prison for murdering Teresa Halbach on October 31, 2005, but doubts cast in Making a Murderer have many considering the theory that Scott Tadych and Bobby Dassey are actually responsible for her death. This Scott Tadych wiki looks at those accusations.
Steven Avery was sentenced to life in prison in 2006 for murdering 25-year old-photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. His nephew, Brendan Dassey, was convicted in 2007 of helping his uncle murder the young woman.
|About Scott Alan Tadych|
|Birth||July 14, 1968 Wisconsin|
|Spouse||Barbara Ellen Tadych (Janda), nee Avery|
|Works For||Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry Co.|
Ever since Making a Murderer premiered on Netflix in December 2015 though, people have been questioning whether the right person(s) is in prison. Did a bungling and perhaps corrupt police and an overzealous prosecutor send the wrong people to jail?
Some suggest that much of the available evidence points to Scott Tadych, Brendan’s stepfather, and Bobby Dassey, Brendan’s brother, as the (alleged) real murderers.
On one hand, Tadych and Bobby Dassey were quick as lightning to corroborate the State of Wisconsin’s theory that Brendan and Steven were guilty of the murders. On the other, their stories didn’t match up with what independent witnesses said.
The only alibi the two have for the day in question is each other. And their alibi is full of holes.
Kathleen Zellner Sheds New Light on the Case?
Toward the end of the long-awaited season two of Making a Murderer, Kathleen Zellner cast suspicion on Bobby Dassey and named Scott Tadych as his accomplice. Zellner, Steven Avery’s unrelenting post-conviction attorney, is a woman known for winning unwinnable cases and freeing wrongly convicted men.
It is because investigators failed to look at other family members that Zellner believes Avery deserves a new trial.
Scott Tadych, a History of Violence against Women
There are a couple things we know for certain about Scott Tadych.
He loves to hunt; his exploits are all over his Facebook profile.
He also has a temper. And a long rap sheet to go with it. The mustachioed hunter seemed pretty comfortable on the witness stand in Making a Murderer. That might be because he has a lot of experience with the law.
In 1994, Tadych was charged by Manitowoc County for criminal trespass and battery.
He is alleged to have visited the home of Constance Welnetz at 3:00 a.m. and knocked on her bedroom window. She was, as expected, asleep, but she also had company, a man by the name of Martin LeClair.
Frightened, Welnetz called police. At the same time, Tadych walked into her home and, she claims, said “You will die for this, bitch!”
What “this” is was never explained. Perhaps it was because she chose not to spend the night with Tadych. Martin LeClair followed Tadych outside to confront him. Tadych responded by hitting LeClair, knocking him unconscious.
Three years later, Tadych was charged with recklessly causing bodily harm to another man, disorderly conduct, and damage to property.
In 2001, seven years after the first assault, Welnetz filed a restraining order against Tadych, claiming he called her “repeatedly at work within short periods of time” and threatened to “kick her ass.” He also followed her home, pushing his way into her residence.
The following year, Tadych assaulted Welnetz once again. Welnetz tried to “kick Tadych out of her residence” for yelling at her son. As expected, the short-fused man with boundary issues did not take this well. He shoved Welnetz against the wall and threw her phone on the floor so she couldn’t call police. Tadych then hauled off and punched her with a closed fist.
More Legal Problems
According to court documents, Tadych is also not good with money. In fact, he’s been in court a large number of times for unpaid bills.
In 2004, he lost the following judgments: one for $4,279.41 to a medical center; $525.44 to Holy Family Memorial Inc.; and a $7,789.00 judgment to the DWD for overpayment…and that’s just a small sampling.
It is this charming fellow that Barbara Janda, mother of Brendan and Bobby Dassey, walked down the aisle with. That day of wedded bliss didn’t occur until after Teresa Halbach was murdered. And that timing may have played into a motive for the alleged killing.
The Murder of a Young Photographer
Teresa Halbach’s family reported her missing on November 3, 2005. Her last known whereabouts was Avery’s Auto Salvage, located just 3.5 North West of Mishicot, Wisconsin, off Highway 147. The 40-acre compound also happens to be where Janda and her children, grandparents, and uncles, including Steven Avery, all lived.
It was there, on October 31, that the 25-year-old Halbach, who worked as a photographer for Auto Trader magazine, had been to take a photo of a vehicle Janda wanted to sell.
On November 5, civilian volunteers discovered Teresa’s Toyota RAV4 located on the sprawling Avery property, hidden beneath a sheet of plywood, obscured by branches and car parts. Police also found the charred remains of Halbach in a fire pit, along with parts of a cellphone and camera in a barrel used to burn trash.
During a search of Steven Avery’s home, police confiscated two guns: a .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle; and a .50-caliber deer-hunting rifle. They also packed up a trove of evidence, including hair and fiber samples, hand tools, duct tape, a vacuum cleaner, a claw hammer, a blanket, a plastic pail, and a necklace.
On November 15, 2005, Avery was charged with the kidnapping, murder, and mutilation of Teresa Halbach. His nephew, Brendan Dassey, who was just 16 at the time, was eventually arrested for aiding his uncle.
On March 18, 2007, Avery was found guilty of first-degree murder and illegal possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Brendan was convicted in 2007 for first-degree intentional homicide, rape, and mutilating a corpse. He will be eligible for parole in 2048.
An open and shut case!
Not quite. There is reason to believe that Steven Avery might not have committed the murder… That, perhaps, Bobby Dassey did, and Scott Tadych helped him cover it up.
Did Scott Tadych Give False Testimony?
A motion filed by Kathleen Zellner in July 2018 asserts that Brendan Dassey’s brother, Bobby, and his now stepfather, Scott Tadych, gave false testimony at trial.
At trial, Bobby Dassey testified that he had been home at Avery’s Auto Salvage on October 31, 2005—the day Teresa Halbach was murdered. But said he was asleep all morning and didn’t wake up until around 2:00 p.m., just before the young woman arrived to take pictures.
He then took a shower, planning to go hunting later that afternoon. When he left at around 2:45 p.m., Dassey claims he saw Halbach’s SUV parked next to the van his mother was trying to sell.
Tadych, who was 37 years of age when Halbach was murdered, admitted on the stand that he visited Barb Janda’s home twice on October 31, 2005. It is likely that he knew Halbach was coming onto the property to photograph his then girlfriend’s van. Because Janda and Avery’s homes were in close proximity to each other, anyone there would have seen Halbach show up to take pictures.
Bobby Dassey’s alibi for that day was Tadych.
And vice versa.
Tadych seems to have gone out of his way to ensure he had an alibi for every remaining minute of the day.
On October 31, 2005, a day he took off as a vacation day, Tadych claims he drove to Green Bay twice to visit his mother—who was recuperating in the hospital after back surgery—within a four-hour period.
“I left her … I went to my trailer, and then I went to the woods hunting,” he said. He allegedly arrived at his deer stand at around 3:00 p.m.
However, a lead investigator admitted on the stand that Tadych’s visits to the hospital were never verified. And, as we know, the only person who provided him with an alibi that afternoon was Bobby Dassey.
The two men testified to having driven past each other on the road outside the salvage yard on their way to go hunting that afternoon.
Tadych testified, “I saw Bobby Dassey on Highway 147. I was going west, and he was going east.” They say they waved at each other. It was about 3:10 p.m.
As a side note, the pair seeing each other while driving does not mean that Halbach wasn’t restrained in one of the cars.
After hunting, Tadych then asked Janda if they could spend the night together; he wanted to watch Prison Break.
Why Would Scott Tadych Allegedly Lie on the Stand?
First, Scott Tadych was no fan of Steven Avery. And would not, by all accounts, have any issue with framing his future brother-in-law. In fact, he may have had a motive for framing Avery.
At the time of Halbach’s murder, Tadych was dating Avery’s sister, Barb Janda, the mother of Bobby, Blaine, Brendan, and Bryan Dassey. She was actually married