I was taken to task for selling out, for thwarting justice, for grabbing publicity at the expense of a murdered child. Law and Disorder, John Douglas, page 163 This is one of the few accurate statements about the JonBenet Ramsey case by John Douglas in his latest book. If Douglas had any friends interested in his reputation they should have told him something along the lines of, â€œwhatever you do, donâ€™t ever speak or write about the Ramsey case again, youâ€™ve humiliated yourself enough already with your previous book.â€ Either there were no such friends or he didnâ€™t listen because humiliate himself he did. One thing I did learn, apparently itâ€™s alright for those who testified before the grand jury in the JonBenet Ramsey case to openly discuss their testimony, at least according to John Douglas. Behold: Lou Smit and I both testified before the grand jury, and we were among the last witnesses. He went before the panel on March 11, 1999. My own testimony was heard on April 26 and 27. Smit had requested he be allowed to testify, but his participation was rebuffed by prosecutor Michael Kane, who also ordered him to turn over all of the material he had gathered. With the help of other prosecutors he knew around the state, who respected him and agreed that the grand jury was not listening to all relevant evidence, Smit got both rulings reversed. It was my impression that it was not the prosecuting attorneys but the grand jurors themselves who wanted to hear from both of us. Since grand jury proceedings are held in secret, I donâ€™t know what Smit testified to or whether it conformed to what I said. But a number of media sources wrote of a general consensus that what we both told the grand jurors focused them to their final result. Bryan Morgan had called to tell me the grand jury wanted me to testify and to bring any notes I had. â€œI told them you didnâ€™t have any notes,â€ he said. â€œI do have notes,â€ I said. â€œYou do?â€ I did bring them with me; and when I got in the grand jury room, they let me read my notes pretty much verbatim into the record, including my candid observations on many of the key players. Two of the grand jurors had backgrounds in science, so I knew it would be important to explain to them what I did and how we had developed the discipline. I recall one member asking me something like, â€œWhat if we told you there was evidence that two people were involved in this crime?â€ â€œIâ€™ve investigated and testified in cases in which I thought there were two people involved,â€ I replied, â€œbut I donâ€™t see it here.â€ Then I added, â€œBut if you actually have the evidence you mention, then why am I here? Why are you talking to me? Go with your evidence.â€ He backed off.On October 13, 1999, the grand jury and Alex Hunter announced they had found insufficient evidence to indict anyone in the murder of JonBenÃ©t Ramsey. Since Colorado law specified that a true bill of indictment must be signed by both the jury foreman and the district attorney, it remained ambiguous which party had led the way in not indicting the Ramseys or anyone else. Law and Disorder, John Douglas, pages 206 - 207 His new book is a general repeat of his previous material on the case from his old book, The Cases that Haunt Us, but he makes a new and astonishing error involving the head injury to JonBenet. Iâ€™ve outlined some of the many errors below, and I would have included them all had it not become too large of a task. â€¢ Claim: They had only â€œlawyered up,â€ the attorneys told me, when John and Patsy had perceived that the Boulder Police Department and the Boulder County District Attorneyâ€™s Office considered them leading suspects in the murder. Law and Disorder, John Douglas, page 166 â€¢ Fact: Fleet told us that Ramsey lawyer Mike Bynum had called them shortly after the body was discovered. Surely he was talking about December 27, the night John Ramsey talked with Bynum at the Fernie house. White found his notes and said, â€œNo, it was the day before, on the afternoon of December 26.â€ You sure of that date? I asked. White checked his notes again. Yes. The minds of two detectives went into overdrive. The body of JonBenÃ©t was found at 1:05 P.M., and John and Patsy left the house at about 2:30 P.M. NOW White was saying that an attorney was already in play, calling witnesses, only a few hours later. WOW! Fleet added that he was also interviewed by three people associated with Team Ramsey the following day, December 27, when he didnâ€™t know any better than to speak with them. The private investigators werenâ€™t out canvassing the neighborhood for an intruder but were pinpointing the Ramseysâ€™ best friends while the police were being stalled. JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation, Steve Thomas, pages 287 - 288 â€¢ Claim: When the body was discovered, a blanket was wrapped around the torso, but the arms and legs were sticking out. This also didnâ€™t seem like a parental murder to me. Normally, when a parent kills a child, there is some care given to covering the body and making it dignified and protected. We sometimes call this a â€œsofteningâ€ of the appearance in which the body will be found. No matter what kind of parent you are, itâ€™s hard to kill your child without some sense of guilt or remorse. Law and Disorder, John Douglas, page 167 Douglas spoke of this before in a previous book: For one thing, the body was not protectively wrapped as I would expect to find in a parental murder. It was haphazardly draped, with the arms and feet sticking out. The Cases that Haunt Us, John Douglas, page 285 â€¢ Fact: LOU SMIT: Again, you had mentioned the fact that the blanket had been wrapped around her almost like, what did you describe it as? JOHN RAMSEY: Well, she looked very, like someone had very carefully placed her on the blanket, wrapped the blanket around her to keep her warm. John Ramsey interview, June 1998 MIKE KANE: All right. Okay. Now, when you went inside to that room, you described the blanket. And you said it was folded like -- I'm just trying to get a mental picture of it. Was it like â€“ RAMSEY: It was like an Indian papoose. MIKE KANE: Okay. JOHN RAMSEY: You know, the blanket was under her completely. It was brought up and folded over like that. MIKE KANE: Folded over, okay. John Ramsey interview, August 2000, Atlanta Here is what FBI profilers who were not paid by the Ramseys for their opinion said: Q. " What is the significance of the blanket covering JonBenÃ©t body that was found in the basement? What does this mean in terms of profiling--what does it tell you about the needs of the perpetrator?" "Ressler: Well often times the covering of a body, and in particular the covering of the facial features, from a profiling standpoint indicates a personal knowledge of that individual and it's an act of retribution of sort and an act of undoing. In other words, it becomes a matter of guilt on the part of the individual. It does not indicate some psychopathic personality like the individual that killed Polly Klaas. That's not what you'd see in that type of case. It's more or less a person that's known the child, and feels remorse for the crime." Q. Is that a staged aspect of the crime, or is that... "Ressler: No, I don't think that's necessarily a staged aspect as much as it is a reflection of the the guilt and the remorse on the part of the killer. Either intentional or accidental." Greg McCrary, a former FBI psychological profiler trained in criminal behavior, thinks that JonBenet's parents, John and Patsy, were likely involved in the crime. "Parents are involved quite often in homicides," says McCrary. "The probability of an outsider doing this is extremely remote. I think someone in the family or very, very close to the family committed this crime." "Whoever took this child covered the child, apparently spent time wrapping the child, apparently spent time wiping down the body in the house, took time to get a pad and pen from the house to write a note," McCrary says. "Stranger intruders, when they come in to abduct a child, they're in, they're out." McCrary, though, feels that the Ramseys themselves have acted suspiciously. "I think John and Patsy Ramsey have created a lot of speculation about their involvement through their own behavior," says McCrary. For example, police thought they were unhelpful, even evasive. "The common behavior of victim parents is that not only will they talk to police, you can't get them out of your hair," says McCrary. "Separate attorneys to me almost speaks of a conflict of interest," McCrary continues. "In other words, why couldn't one attorney represent both of them if their interests were the same?" And then there was the ransom note. "This is staging. The offender wants us to believthat some stranger came in here and tried to abduct the child for ransom," says McCrary. "An offender stages a crime scene for only one reason--without the staging, they're going to be the immediate logical suspect." Who Killed JonBenet, 48 Hours Mystery Steve Thomas saw what was happening: Douglas also wrote that holidays were particularly stressful times and could trigger violent behavior. JonBenÃ©t was killed over Christmas. Douglas stated that in parental murders, great care is usually shown in the disposal of the body. JonBenÃ©t had been carefully tucked into a blanket in a cellar room, and not discarded outside in the freezing cold. John Douglas was almost denying his own writings in order to give the Ramseys a pass. The dust jacket of his next book identified him as a consultant on the JonBenÃ©t Ramsey case. It did not say for which side JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation, Steve Thomas, page 137 â€¢ Claim: I didnâ€™t think this looked like evidence of a parental killing, either. There was no care taken with the body, which, as Iâ€™ve said, we almost always see when a parent murders a child. Law and Disorder, John Douglas, page 173 â€¢ Fact: Cleaning (Pelvic area wiped down) Covering (Wrapped in a blanket) Comforting (Nightgown, doll) Redressing (New (oversized) underwear, long johns pulled up) â€¢ Claim: The writer goes on to say: Donâ€™t try to grow a brain John. You are not the only fat cat around so donâ€™t think that killing will be difficult. Do not underestimate us John. Use that good southern common sense of yours. This reference to Johnâ€™s Southern origins also points to someone who either knew him well or knew a good deal about him. Law and Disorder, John Douglas, page 178 - 179 â€¢ Fact: (Douglas shows his ignorance of the facts of the case again.) It was his voice in the ransom note and her hands. I can see it in my mind. Sheâ€™s sitting there. We need paper, we need a note. Heâ€™s dictating and sheâ€™s doing. Like heâ€™s almost snapping his fingers. She grabbed her notepad and her felt-tip pen. That is not her language. But the essence of her is there, like the percentages: â€œ99% chanceâ€ and â€œ100% chance.â€ That is how she talked because of her cancer or how you talk when you are around someone with cancer. And the phrase â€œthat good southern common sense of yours.â€ John wasnâ€™t from the South, but Patsy and Nedra always teased him about being from the South.â€”Linda Wilcox Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, Lawrence Schiller, page 630 â€¢ Claim: Maybe theyâ€™re all coincidences, but three phrases like that start to look like a pattern to me. I didnâ€™t think John or Patsy would necessarily know these (movie) references; and if they were sitting down under extreme stress trying to come up with what they thought a ransom note should look like, they were not the things I would expect them to call to mind. So this also made me think about a younger offender. There is one thing about which I felt absolutely sure as soon as I saw the note and learned of its circumstances. The note was written before the murder, not, as some have suggested, afterward as a hasty and desperate attempt to stage the crime. No one would have that kind of patience, boldness and presence of mind to sit down and write it in the house afterward. The language seems more fitting to a male than a female offender. Law and Disorder, John Douglas, page 179 â€¢ Fact: Clearly conjecture. Dr. Roger Depue, who headed the FBI unit in charge of profiling, was asked at one point to examine the kidnap note and the circumstances surrounding it by Dr. Bertram Brown, a psychiatrist called in by Alex Hunter, then the district attorney in Boulder, Colo. While Depue would not take a position on who killed the 6-year-old girl, he said the way the note was written fits the profile of JonBenet's mother, Patricia Ramsey. He gave his opinion before charges were dropped against John Mark Karr. In Depue's opinion, "The writer is a well-educated, middle-age female.â€ http://archive.is/swuN â€¢ Claim: Boulder PD brought in four experts to examine the note and match it against handwriting exemplars from both John and Patsy. All four eliminated John as the author. Three out of the four eliminated Patsy; the fourth said he did not think she was, but he could not tell for sure. This was the origin of the story that Patsyâ€™s handwriting had matched up to the note. Law and Disorder, John Douglas, page 182 â€¢ Fact: Only one eliminated Patsy, Richard Dusak, and he essentially stands alone. As Henry Lee said, the ransom note is "this incredibly damaging piece of evidence implicating Patsy Ramsey" Cracking More Cases by, Henry C. Lee., page 209 Q. What is your degree of certainty yourself as you sit here today that Patsy Ramsey wrote the note? A. I am absolutely certain that she wrote the note. Q. Is that 60 percent certain? A. No, that's 100 percent certain. Deposition of Gideon Epstein, May 17, 2002 "Many forensic document examiners have given their opinions as to who wrote the note. But the only one to testify before a grand jury in the case was Chet Ubowski, forensic document examiner for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Out of 100 people he analyzed for the Boulder Police Department, he found only one person whom he thought may have authored the document, Patsy Ramsey. Investigative sources tell Fox News that the disguised letters and bleeding ink from the felt tipped pen used to write the note kept him from 100 percent ID of Mrs. Ramsey." Fox News, Carol McKinley Privately, however, Ubowski, who had made the early discovery that Patsyâ€™s handwriting was consistent with the ransom note on twenty-four of the twenty-six alphabet letters, had recently told one detective, â€œI believe she wrote it.â€ JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation, Steve Thomas, page 174 We were called upon to examine the ransom note that was left at the crime scene. The other handwriting expert was in Maryland. Both of us were kept separate so our opinions would be independent. In my opinion, I found that it was highly probable that Patsy was the person who wrote the note. I found over 243 similarities between her handwriting and the ransom note. The other handwriting expert said that he was 100 positive that Patsy wrote the note. - Cina Wong http://www.cinawongforgeryexpert.com/mediaroom_insidebusiness.asp â€¢ Claim: JonBenÃ©tâ€™s pediatrician was contacted and asked point-blank if during any of his examinations he had observed the remotest evidence of any abuse. Law and Disorder, John Douglas, page 182 â€¢ Fact: While true, Douglas fails to mention the pediatric panel of experts that did find evidence of abuse. Despite the fact that a panel of pediatric experts concluded that JonBenet was a victim of long-term sexual abuse, current District Attorney Mary Lacy publicly announced in 2003 that she believed the little girl was murdered by an intruder. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,238946,00.html "In mid-September, a panel of pediatric experts from around the country reached one of the major conclusions of the investigation - that JonBenet had suffered vaginal trauma prior to the day she was killed. There were no dissenting opinions among them on the issue, and they firmly rejected any possibility that the trauma to the hymen and chronic vaginal inflammation were caused by urination issues or masturbation. We gathered affidavits stating in clear language that there were injuries 'consistent with prior trauma and sexual abuse' 'There was chronic abuse'. . .'Past violation of the vagina'. . .'Evidence of both acute and injury and chronic sexual abuse.' In other words, the doctors were saying it had happened before. One expert summed it up well when he said the injuries were not consistent with sexual assault, but with a child who was being physically abused." Such findings would lead an investigator to conclude that the person who inflicted the abuse was someone with frequent or unquestioned access to the child, and that limited the amount of suspects. Every statistic in the book pointed to someone inside the family. Steve Thomas, JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation p. 253 The panel identified: Dr. David Jones, professor of preventative medicine and biometrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Dr. James Monteleone, professor of pediatrics at St. Louis University School of medicine and director of child protection for Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital; and Dr. John McCann, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California at Davis. -- Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, Lawrence Schiller, page 563 â€¢ Claim: There is no way Burke would have the strength either to deliver the fatal head blow Law and Disorder, John Douglas, page 192 â€¢ Fact: Certainly Burke swinging a golf club could have easily caused the depressed skull fracture. A fellow student of Prince William fractured his skull when he was nearly 9 years old in 1991. IT HAPPENED IN A FLASH. ENGLAND'S Prince William and a few other boys were larking around on the putting green of the exclusive Ludgrove School, in Wokingham, on Monday, June 3, when, says a witness, "one lad started swinging a putter around his head. William happened to be in the way." Knocked to the ground, with blood seeping from a cut on his forehead, the Prince, who turns 9 on June 21, fought back tears while his Royal Protection Squad detective ran to a phone to put "Operation Prince," the palace's prearranged emergency plan, into action. As the boy was rushed in a police car to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in nearby Reading, Princess Diana, after an immediate telephone call from headmaster Gerald Barber, jumped behind the wheel of her green Jaguar to speed from Kensington Palace to the hospital 36 miles away. Prince Charles, alerted in Highgrove, the family's country estate where he has been living apart from his family during the work week, was driven to the hospital in his blue Aston Martin. [SNIP] Diagnosed as having a depressed fracture of the skull (a slight indentation of the bone) on the left forehead, William underwent a 70-minute operation to push out the dent and cheek for bone splinters and brain lacerations. http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20115338,00.html â€¢ Claim: Or letâ€™s say that Patsy did all this herself, without Johnâ€™s knowledge. We know for a fact that she was good at cleaning up urine. Maybe that experience helped her clean up all the blood that would have gushed out of so large a head wound (more on that a little later). Law and Disorder, John Douglas, page 192 Andâ€¦ But hereâ€™s the kicker! The entire area inside the house and the yard around it has to be considered a crime scene. Once the initial morning of confusion was past, investigators combed it meticulously. Within that boundary, the primary scene is the area from JonBenÃ©tâ€™s bedroom into the hallway and bathroom, down the circular stairs all the way to the basement, then back to the wine cellarâ€”in other words, the setting in which she was last seen alive to the setting where her body was discovered. So where along that trail was all the blood? This is perhaps the most important single question of the entire investigation. The scalp is highly vascular and head wounds tend to bleed profusely, even when theyâ€™re not serious. This one was deadly serious. A trauma that lacerates the scalp, cracks the skull and causes subdural and subarachnoid bleeding will certainly bleed on the outside, too. So where was all the blood? Did Patsy clean it up? And if she did, what did she do with the numerous towels and other cleaning supplies she would have needed? Did she take the car out in the middle of the night and dump them somewhere? It would be virtually impossible to clean up as much blood as would gush from a head wound of this nature and not leave traces that crime scene specialists and/or luminol would pick up. In all of my years of investigative experience, I have never witnessed a crime scene in which the blood from a violent act could be covered up or eliminated completely. Law and Disorder, John Douglas, page 198 â€¢ Fact: ????? This is a staggering error, one that calls into question his credibility to say anything further on the JonBenet Ramsey case. So the viewers at the autopsy were astonished when Meyer peeled back the scalp and discovered that the entire upper right side of her skull had been crushed by some enormous blow that left a well-defined rectangular pattern. The brain had massively hemorrhaged, but the blood had been contained within the skull. The caved-in skull was a second, and totally unexpected, possible cause of death. JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation, Steve Thomas, page 47 From the autopsy report: The scalp is covered by long blonde hair which is fixed in two ponytails, one on top of the head secured by a cloth hair tie and blue elastic band, and one in the lower back of the head secured by a blue elastic band. No scalp trauma is identified. â€¢ Claim: Then there was the pubic hair found on her blanket. Again, it may mean nothing; hair and fiber transfer is routine. But since it didnâ€™t match anyone known to be in the house, shouldnâ€™t it at least be regarded as a possible indication of an outsider? Law and Disorder, John Douglas, page 196 â€¢ Fact: One particular sample of hair collected from the blanket that had been wrapped around JonBenÃ©tâ€™s body had initially given the appearance of being a pubic hair. Investigators thought this might belong to a male perpetrator. The FBI was later able to identify this as an axillary hair (underarm, back, chest) and determined it did not come from the pubic region of the body. Foreign Faction: Who Really Kidnapped JonBenet, James Kolar, page 226 â€¢ Claim: Smit meticulously went through all of the now-voluminous evidence and concluded that JonBenÃ©t had been killed by an intruder. Law and Disorder, John Douglas, page 202 â€¢ Fact: Three days later at a detective briefing, Smit made his first appearance, greeting us all and taking a seat along the west wall. We went around the table to update our findings. Finally it was his turn. He had been around only about seventy-two hours, not anywhere near long enough to devour the case material, but we hoped he might have some initial insights. He did. Lou shifted the toothpick to a corner of his mouth, and his eyes twinkled with the excitement of a good bird dog on point. He said, â€œI donâ€™t think it was the Ramseys.â€ He never budged from that position. JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation, Steve Thomas, page 169 â€¢ Claim: It reminded him of a case he had worked six years beforeâ€”the 1991 murder of thirteen-year-old Heather Dawn Church, killed in her house near Colorado Springs. [SNIP] Smit, with a nearly superhuman attention to detail, discovered an overlooked fingerprint that he was able to match to a suspect arrested in Florida. Law and Disorder, John Douglas, page 202 â€¢ Fact: Shortly after starting work last January, Smit reviewed Heather's file, a process he calls "messing with a case." He asked his investigators to come up with something new, something that hadn't been tried. Tom Carney, a crime laboratory technician, immediately thought of the prints. "We knew those fingerprints had to be from the suspect," he said. A better approach, he figured, would be an exhaustive mailing of quality photos of the prints to every police agency with an Automated Fingerprint Identification System. Like the FBI's system, AFIS compares fingerprint images electronically. AFIS computers aren't interconnected, but each one may contain prints that aren't in the hands of the FBI. So Carney made 100 sets of photos of the three fingerprints and began sending them to 92 agencies with AFIS. Carney remembered thinking, "If this doesn't work, that's it. On March 24, someone from the Louisiana prison system called to report a match between the prints from the Church home and prints in its data base. The prints belonged to Robert Charles Browne. He had spent time in Louisiana prisons for various crimes, including auto theft, in the early and mid-1980s. He moved to Colorado in 1987 and, after living at several addresses, settled into a home just down the road from the Church residence. August 6, 1995: Colorado Springs Gazette â€¢ Claim: Smit narrowed down the particular spacing of the two marks in each wound to what would have been produced by an Air Taser Model 34000. Law and Disorder, John Douglas, page 203 â€¢ Fact: Even Smit conceded that the marks, while close to the gap of an Air Taser, in fact did not match. â€¦the Air Taser stun gun is as close as we've been able to find to the marks on JonBenet. Larry King Live, May 28, 2001 The marks are off by five to six millimeters or about 7/32 of an inch. http://www.forumsforjustice.org/forums/showpost.php?p=193513&postcount=20 "The stun gun theory has been around for some time. I know for a fact that this was submitted to various experts in stun guns and manufacturers, criminalists, forensic pathologists, law enforcement people, they all rejected it." "I also know for a fact that Mr. Smit, pursuant to his own request, presented this to one of the top-flight forensic scientists, who along with another top-flight forensic scientist of a different subspecialty, rejected it." (Dr. Cyril Wecht, Court TV - The Crier Report - 05/01/01) James Kolar provides the following insight: It was strikingly clear that the electronic leads of the Taser purported to have been used by an intruder in this murder did not align with JonBenÃ©tâ€™s injuries. Lou Smitâ€™s representation that these marks were a â€œclose matchâ€ were exactly that, â€œcloseâ€, but not the exact match you would expect to see from the direct physical contact that would have been required in these circumstances. It was an opinion that Boulder Police investigators had been expressing privately for years. Foreign Faction: Who Really Kidnapped JonBenet, James Kolar, page 248 Also to be noted: The â€œOâ€ gauge type of train track found in the Ramsey home reveals an exact match to the abrasions located on the back of JonBenÃ©t. Foreign Faction: Who Really Kidnapped JonBenet, James Kolar, page386 All of the above doesnâ€™t even scratch the surface in terms of reasons why the stun gun theory is false. See the following: http://gemart.8m.com/ramsey/stungun.html http://www.forumsforjustice.org/forums/showpost.php?p=189809&postcount=38 http://www.forumsforjustice.org/forums/showpost.php?p=189809&postcount=39 http://www.forumsforjustice.org/forums/showpost.php?p=189809&postcount=40 â€¢ Claim: On all major points, Judge Carnes used solid legal and investigative reasoning in a statement more far-reaching in its assertion of the Ramseysâ€™ innocence than any official document or opinion before. Law and Disorder, John Douglas, page 209 â€¢ Fact: Judge Carnes was given only the Ramsey side of the story through Lin Wood. How ironic that Douglas would heap praise on Carnes, who arrived at her erroneous conclusions by feeding on the same diet of misinformation from the Ramsey team that Douglas did.