OK I'll have a go.
>>Exculpatory Evidence - as I see it
>>Parents had no motive and no history of violence or mental illness that would suggest they were capable or predisposed to do such a thing.
this does not exclude them from being capable of covering up an accident – in fact it would tend to back that up as they obviously value their image as a strong, respectable and loving family. All the more reason to attempt to protect that.
>>Evidence of intruder at basement window –
>> leaves and "popcorn" dragged into house,
The window had been broken for months, There is no saying when they may have blown in or been transferred around by the numerous people known to have been in the basement area just before the murder
>>glass on floor,
The glass had been around since John broke the window months previously. It could have been missed in the clean up and disturbed recent to the killing. It’s ridiculous to call it evidence. I had a broken window in my classroom in mid March 2002. It was carefully cleaned up at the time – yet I found a large (about 3 inches) shard of glass last Wednesday when I was doing some filing.
>>suitcase moved as possible "step"
Conflicting reports of Fleet White admitting to moving this case
>>Ransom note - too long and clear to have been written in a panic AFTER the crime, I think it was written before. I can explain why an intruder might, (wasting time while he waited for the family to be down for the night) - but why a parent? Who would plan to kill their child and leave a note with a body? In my theory, the note was a red herring, a "joke", by a very sick person like Ted Bundy and Danny Rollins.
A stranger/intruder had no way of knowing that the family would find the note. The chances were very much in favour of the family finding the missing child long before the note. If the parents had killed their child and were unable to get the body out of the house, then they would have some very hard explaining to do if their daughter’s dead body was merely found in the basement. A fake ransom note would act as a red herring in that case – to confuse the situation.
>>Ransom note - the handwriting doesn't match either parent. On a scale of 1-5 with 5 being "no way", John is a 5 and Patsy a 4.5.
Patsy cannot be excluded either. There are also experts who say she IS a match
>>Stun gun was used - parents had no access to any stun gun, never had any interest in one.
The stungun is one UNPROVEN theory for explaining some marks on her body. It has not been proved and will not be proved unless her body is exhumed
>>Child taken to basement - if a parent wanted to abuse or punish a child, why go to the clutered basement? Why not just use the bedroom?
Burke was sleeping nearby. The basement offered a remote and private place to stage the crime.
>>Garotte - not a weapon used by parents
That is true and it is one of the reasons that I cannot believe they did this. The only reason that I can think of parents using a garrotte would be to hide evidence of strangulation by a different method.
>>Cord - didn't match anything in the house, couldn't be linked to parents in any way.
>>sexual molestation –
I’m sure that many people could find a length of string in a drawer at home. The cord could have been used in its entirety – that would explain the excessive length of the cord which was extended and tied loosely round her wrists.
>>no history of pedophilia in that house at all and when parents DO kill their children, less than 1% sexually assault them
Not every ‘parents-did-it’ theory suggests that they are paedophiles. Some experts suggest that the sexual assault was staging to make it look like a paedophilia job.
>>DNA mixed with JonBenét's blood in her panties is unmatched but not from parents
It has also been dismissed by experts who say it is contamination and may come from more than one source. That DNA is degraded. If JonBenet had scratched her assailant, the DNA would have been good.
>>Dark fibers on JonBenét's clothing and on her genitals doesn't match anything in the Ramsey house. Same with colored fibers on the tape.
The police have suggested that the dark fibres match John Ramsey’s shirt. He did submit his clothes for a year after the killing and therefore there is no proof that the clothing he did submit were the garments that he was actually wearing.
>>Body was not left in "peaceful pose" as children usually are when killed by parents. She was left in a moldy room, on the floor, not "tucked in", the garotte remained n her neck, arms thrown over head...
John Ramsey found the body and he testified that she was indeed tucked up. It is unclear why you keep saying otherwise. If the garrotte and cord round the wrists were staging then it would have been essential for them to be lest in situ
>>Tape, part of staging, didn't match anything in the house - source roll never found, no one can link the tape to the parents.
The Ramseys would have had difficulty leaving the house with her body, but it would have been very much easier to slip out unnoticed and conceal a small roll of duct tape and even some cord in a neighbour’s garbage.
>>Boot print and palm print in room with body don't match the Ramseys
This is also disputed. Re the leaked BPD article last year which stated that the boot print belonged to Burke and the palm print to Melinda.
Also, neither of these can be dated. They could have been there for some time prior to the murder. The mould on the floor couldn’t have grown so fast or it would surely have taken over the entire neighbourhood by now.
>>Ramseys cooperated with police - called them and gave them full control over the house, signed over 100 consent forms allowing the BPD to access private records, repeatedly allowed themselves to be interrogated - marathon type interrogations.
The Ramsey refused unconditional police interviews for four months after the murder by which time they were able to answer “I do not recall” to many important questions.
>>Character witnesses - No one can cite a time when the Ramseys were anything but loving parents. Family, friends, the older children in particular - all defend the parents. (Exceptions being Judith Thomas and Linda Hoffmann-Pugh who started out defending them then made THOUSANDS of dollars by "switching sides" and selling information to the tabloids.)
Some friends have come out in support of them. Strangely, their closest friends did not. The RST suggest they were 'got at' by the police. Now why would the closest friends be the ones most likely to be taken in by dirty police tactics? The people who did support them tended to be people who knew them superficially and/or previously. Susan Stine was the exception and she was almost obsessive in her defence of them. The murder enabled her to move into the very heart of the Ramsey inner circle – a position she had not previously occupied.
>>Ramseys passed polygraphs given by some of the best men in the country - and the results have NOT been disputed by any authority - - they won't accept them but won't contest them either.
The Ramseys refused to take FBI administered polygraphs – even although their grievance was with the inefficient Boulder Police Department. They passed their own privately commissioned polygraphs – on a third attempt. The first polygrapher has never spoken publicly about the reasons for failure to ‘pass’ earlier attempts. He remains silent and endures slurs that it was his own ‘errors’ – despite being a very highly respected polygrapher – and indeed the Ramsey first choice of polygrapher.
>>Judge Julie Carnes and DA Mary Keenan's public statements that say clearly that the evidence points toward an intruder, not a domestic situation.
Julie Carnes did not have all of the evidence and her report read like a High School essay on the Ramsey case. It also now seems clear that Mary Keenan has a biased viewpoint which may be based on her perception of women as victims.
Jameson, none of the evidence that you have touted would convince me of the Ramseys innocence – apart from the use of garrotte as a weapon. That is what keeps me off the fence. I also think that the paltry sum of $118,000 points away from Patsy Ramsey and that she would be far more likely to ask for something dramatic like $118 million. If the stungun were proved then that would also be compelling evidence and if I were running the campaign to clear their names, I would be pushing for an exhumation before it is too late.