Jon Benet Ramsey and the Intruder Theory

Smit is steadfast in the intruder theory because none of the foreign DNA found and tested by either test matched anyone in the Ramsey family's DNA. Also, a rope was found near the driveway that didn't match any rope the Ramseys owned. According to John Douglas who has had great success in solving crimes and he is a killer profiler, an interloper murdered JonBenét.

Douglas said that the Ramseys didn't match the profile of someone that kills his own child. His main point is that the Ramseys didn't have a motive, but parents that kill their children always have one. Normally such a victim would have shown physical or emotional attributes of being abused preceding being murdered, but JonBenét didn't have that history. Her doctor and teachers said that there were no signs ever of any abuse.

It is an interesting point that when Patsy called 911 she didn't tell the dispatcher that the note stated that her daughter would be beheaded if the authorities were summoned. She called their pastor and some friends to come over too, though the note said that "If we catch you talking to a stray dog, she dies." When Detective Linda Arndt arrived about 8:00 am the friends and the pastor were at the Ramsey home. When the police searched the grounds they didn't find any indications of a break in according to some of the media accounts and this was broadcast because one officer in his official report stated, " "Strange, no footprints." the report also said there were no indications of forced entry.

DNA Evidence

The new method for finding DNA evidence is called touch DNA. Testing by the new method was ordered by Lacy. They rake areas where there is no visible evidence of DNA and if present they pick it up. In this case they discovered male DNA that matched the DNA from blood already discovered on the panties and beneath the fingernails of the victim. The samples were taken from three different spots on her clothing.

The newer method was created by Bode Technology Group in Lorton, Virginia. Patsy, the victim's mother died of ovarian caner before the family was exonerated. There is a chance that the murderer may be found because the national DNA bank keeps growing and a match could come up. That is what the investigators in Boulder would like to happen as expressed by Lacy for them.

John Ramsey also expressed his concern that not all states submit samples to the database.

As of 2003 up to 300,000 samples were still in line from convicted felons across the nation that needed to be added to the national database of the federal government. This estimation is taken from the study the U.S. Justice Department funded. This figure has soared up to 5.8 million more recently and these profiles are in FBI's Combined DNA Index System. Idaho, Nebraska, and New Hampshire are the only states that don't make convicted felons give DNA for the database, this from Lisa Hurst who consults for a law firm in Washington state. The specialization of the firm is issues concerning DNA.

What Happened Right After The Murder

When around twenty minutes passes someone overhears Mr. Ramsey making a phone call asking his pilot to ready his plane to fly to Atlanta. They are instructed they can't leave Boulder so the Ramsey makes plans to stay with some friends. They leave at 2:00 because their home is a crime scene. The investigation begins and they collect evidence for ten days. The coroner arrives at 8:00 pm and the victim's body is taken away around 8:45 pm. On December 27, 1996 the coroner stated that JonBenét died of asphyxia caused by strangulation and said it was a homicide. An inspection of the victim's body was done on December 28, 1996 to find evidence.

The family holds a memorial service for JonBenét Ramsey on the 29th of December in 1996. On the 30th they fly to Atlanta carrying the body in their private jet. They bury her on the 31th in Marietta, GA. where she was born.

The district attorney at the time, Alex Hunter, fueled the flames under the Ramsey's saying that the investigation centered on them. Police searched their Michigan and Atlanta home for clues. They got blood and hair samples from the victim's immediate family.

As the days, weeks, and months went by after her murder and no suspect came to light, the country became obsessed with her and radio, TV, newspapers, etc. ran a steady stream of stories about her and showed pictures of JonBenét in various customs. Her unique first name became a familiar household word. The news began to remove focus from the appalled response of America and the actual murder to the bungling work the investigators were doing on the case. The public became disillusioned with their efforts.


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