Hey, I did something interesting last night and it got me to thinking. [This is art related, BTW.] I was throwing away an old oil painting brush, and I decided to snap it in two parts so it wouldn't pierce my garbage bag. It was about the size as the one used in the garrote. I thought, hm...why didn't I ever try this before? Probably because these brushes are quite expensive. So this, I thought, is a good opportunity to try this out. I looked at it and said to myself, "Self, the brush was broken in two places, with the brush end intact and the pointed end missing. The middle section remained, found on the handle. So, Self, why don't you make one break at the brush end first?" Which I did. and it snapped right off, easy as pie, where the METAL connections were. "Self, why don't you now snap off the pointed end?" Which I did. And voila! IT SPLINTERED BADLY UP AND DOWN THE BRUSH WITH A LONG JAGGED END. Here's a pic of the garrote. If you blow it up, it has uneven ends, where it broke like that: http://www.acandyrose.com/garrote1.jpg OH, wait! It wasn't an oil painting brush, was it? It was a Japanese-style brush, wasn't it? http://www.acandyrose.com/garrote3.jpg This would have been thicker than the brush I broke. So now I'm looking at the paintbrush handle on the garrote and wondering if a nine year old child could have broken a brush like that. It didn't take a lot of strength, but why would a child even think of it? I didn't know if I could do it at first. Think about it: why use the paintbrush instead of a pencil or writing utensil? There were plenty in the upstairs area where the note was written. Why not a tool from a tool box? A butter knife from the kitchen? How many convenient items about that size could have been used? WHY THE PAINTBRUSH? I know it is believed, and I believe, it was used for the molestation. I believe that was done to coverup the prior vaginal injuries. Did the perp not want LE to figure out the brush was used for the vaginal penetration that night? The TIP is still missing, and that is where the blood would have been. But the perp couldn't have known that a tiny sliver from the brush would remain in the vaginal vault. My old paintbrush: the varnish and paint was sloughing off the wood. So the perp used the paintbrush for its FUNCTION: to hide the prior injuries. Then the perp thought, gotta' get rid of the end because it has blood on it and that will be detectable. I don't want LE to know a paintbrush was used, because I WANT LE TO THINK THAT AN INTRUDER MOLESTED HER." This also indicates to me that the person who did this wasn't Burke, because a nine year old child wouldn't know that, would he? He'd just wipe it off and think it was clean. But again, why a paintbrush for the garrote? Because the perp didn't want to move around the house looking for stuff? Make noise? Use what was right there in the basement so the neighbors wouldn't see lights moving around? Oh. The Maglight. The note was written in the dark, wasn't it? Or was it written by the sconce lights near the spiral stairs? Or with the Maglight? Remember the neighbor who saw the strange lights, said that the usual ones weren't on in the Ramsey home? Was that in Thomas' book, or Schiller's? What time of night was it that the neighbor noticed that? Gosh, it's been so long since I read it, I can't remember. But if it's true that the usual house lights were off, then did Patsy and John notice that, or are they claiming the perp went around cutting lights off and on, as well as all the other fantastic things he's supposed to have done? I know they were asked, and I do remember Patsy saying the sconces were on at the spiral stair when she came down and that's how she read the note. There was some funny business with the outdoor lights as well, though I'm not recalling that exactly either right now. OK, it's late and I'll try to hunt some of this down tomorrow.