March 27, 2017
After the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, Tom Fassbender, co-lead investigator on the case, conducted multiple interviews with 16-year-old Brendan Dassey to see what information he may have known about the Wisconsin photographer’s death. Dassey, nephew of Steven Avery, who quickly became a suspect in the murder and whose story was told in the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer, told authorities he was with his uncle the night Halbach disappeared.
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After the docuseries aired, many felt that Dassey, who revealed supposed details of the murder to Fassbender during an interrogation, was treated unfairly and coerced into confessing to the crime.
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On Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil, Fassbender says in no way did he coerce Dassey, and that the teen voluntarily offered up details about the murder.
“When Brendan disclosed his involvement in Teresa’s murder on March 1, both investigator Weger and I were taken aback,” Fassbender says in the video above. “The first time we interviewed Brendan Dassey on November 6, he was asked about a fire and said there was no fire that week. Then, on November 10, he did admit that there was a fire and that he helped Steven tend to the fire. Then, going on to February 27, he admitted to seeing parts of Teresa in that fire.”