Anger, frustration, disappointment—these were among the emotions that hung thick in the air 14 years ago when lead investigators with the Boulder Police Department heard the news: John and Patsy Ramsey would not be indicted for the death of their beauty princess daughter, JonBenet. One lead detective, gun at his hip in disbelief, pounded the table with his fists before storming out, slamming the door behind him. For 18 months this team of detectives had worked 60-hour weeks, finding witness after witness, building what they were sure was a rock solid case. And it had all been for nothing. Several
Comments: "gun at his hip in disbelief"? What a convoluted phrase.
Come on. You know the drill. The appropriate palms were greased. The rug was lifted, and the dirt swept underneath it. There is no statue of limitations on murder. I wonder about bribery and corruption?
OP that phrase is nonsensical. What terrible writing.
Regarding the article, unless they can put out their "rock solid case" I still have to remain on the fence. We´ve seen how the police go nuts trying to pin child murders on parents before, and this one happened right when that trend was at it´s height. I feel that, if they had to spend that long building this case, then it was shaky at best.
It does fit the mold, however, for the extremely wealthy to manage a police investigation in order to get their family member(s) or themselves off.
All that said, the headline of this article is indicative of the callousness of the media and so much of our society.
I was on the fence --sort of, until Lou Schmidt investigated. I believe an intruder killed Jon Benet. There are dozens of articles available regarding Schmidt´s investigation and what he found if anyone is interested.
John Douglas also investigated the Ramseys, and he did not believe they were involved.
I´ll take the word of two seasoned homicide investigators any day over that of Steve Thomas, a "detective" who had never been involved in a homicide investigation, and before it was over, became a proven liar of the first order.
Everyone forgets the DNA under Jon Benet´s fingernails and the pubic hair found in her panties that didn´t match anyone in the family.
It´s just too easy to blame the parents.
Does anyone remember Geraldo going to Alex Hunter and telling him that if he would get the Ramseys indicted, he [Geraldo] would get them convicted. Alex Hunter told that himself before he left office.
Anyone remember the little Mormon girl in Utah that went missing? Everybody had the dad and his brothers responsible for that one.
Does anyone remember Geraldo´s involvement in the Utah case and how he hammered for weeks on the dad and his brothers, even accusing them of having child porn on their computers.
I entertained the idea that it could be the brother and the parents covering up for him. In my mind, anything was possible in the beginning, but as it went on and on, to me it became clearer and clearer that it was an intruder. Even without the investigations by experienced investigators, the DNA should have matched the brother if he was involved. It´s my understanding that the authorities went out pretty far in the family circle, trying to get the DNA to match someone.
As I recall, the DNA wasn´t included to the grand jury because it had been contaminated when Mr. Ramsey removed his daughter´s body from the basement. This case was fouled up from the get-go, with police not bothering to search the entire house immediately ("hello, crime scene"!) and then all the way to DA Hunter who refused to even prosecute the child abuse charges.
The fiancee of Robert Redford´s daughter was killed in Boulder about ten yeas before JonBenet´s The local cops NEVER solved that one either. Criminals want to commit a murder and NEVER be caught? Come to Boulder and slash away!
I agree w posters that the parents didn´t do it. According to the late Schmidt there was also a home intruder that tried to kidnap a girl in that area a few months before.
I´ve always suspected being in these creepy sexualized child pageants puts children at risk of sickos who can go to them & watch until they pick a victim. Then befriend the family, or follow them home, etc.
Being Christmas Eve, I thought if a pedophile was halfway intelligent, he could dress as Santa in case he was seen or even caught in the house. There was a black boot mark on the wall in the basement under the unlocked window.
Not sure how anyone would think the semen dna is compromised just because John Ramsey picked up the rigid body of Jon Benet. The cops sent one rookie woman to that house even though it was a massive kidnap crime scene. She was left there to handle all these people for hours while they had their weekly internal meeting. Talk about Keystone Cops! They never looked for anyone else -- zeroing in on the "rich & famous". Paparrazzi . . . No wonder they left town.
From my experience, the first place the investigators look in a case like this is at the family - and if they can build a case against anyone in the family, they don´t look anywhere else; sometimes even ignoring contradictory evidence or evidence that would point another direction. Read the Texas Monthly articles about the Michael Morton case (google it). Once the sheriff decided the husband did it, all his effort was directed to proving that, disregarding all other evidence. Michael Morton spent 25 years in prison because of it.
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