I'm a little confused Evening2. I only wanted to give a cursory tour of my projects and thought the information I gave was adequate. I would even hasten to say this stuff is fairly unimportant and probably boring to a lot of people. However, keeping in mind the danger of other readers falling asleep and banging their heads on the keyboard, you've asked and I'll respond.
About two weeks before Halloween of 2001 is when I started looking for a case to write about. There was no set budget, but I was using their film (the filmmakers that wanted me to write for them, they had seen another script I wrote and liked my style, had a few films to their credit), which they sold and made money on, as a reference. I was close as it ended at $242,000.00, however, it will always be more as marketing may be crucial.
It took about approximately two weeks to write and I finished it on Halloween.
Now, the important thing is that I had read some materials on this case. The important item was that the police department had suggested two ideas for what the initials could stand for. Remember, there were suggestions that the Ramseys wrote or knew who wrote the ransom note.
The police suggested Subic Bay Training Center and Saginaw Bay Training center (or something close to that).
Now here is where it gets interesting. Real detectives set traps for their suspects. Here is a classic, the phony ransom note.
You would agree that the purpose of a phony ransom note is to mislead the police. Obviously, if there is no kidnapping and a note is left, it's to fool the authorities.
Now, here's the problem. When the police take the bait, when they GO for the initials, why didn't the Ramseys encourage them. Here they're selling a phony ransom note and the police are buying. If it was me, I would have said, "Hey, officer, you got something there! Boy (patting him on the back) am I glad you're on this case."
They went for it and yet the Ramseys shot it down, not once but twice! Why create a phony ransom note and not use it? TWICE!
Everytime I told a law enforcement official this point, they stare out into space, drop their jaw, as if they never thought about it. That's scary. When I pressed the Boulder police, they had no response. They would try to stutter something but I would then let them off the hook and go on about the other points. I at least got the satisfaction that they were shown something they couldn't ezplain. Seeing the realization in their eyes is extremely satisfying. Yet, they kept passing the buck. Incredible. No response to it.
When I read about it, I knew right away they didn't utilize the phony ransom note because they didn't write one. It was also pretty obvious from some of the contradictory time logistics in the note that it wasn't the Ramseys.
The funny thing was that it was the Boulder Police who helped me on this point.
I could bring out this point more clearly in the film and I thought it would not only help the Ramseys, but the Boulder Police would then concentrate in another direction. At this point, six years after JonBenet's death, they were still the number one suspects.
When I finished the script (My theory at the time for the script, though not a serious one, was making the same guy who abducted McReynolds daughter and friend, what, nine years previous?, as the killer)I realized that I didn't address the biggest clue in the case. That would make the story pretty weak, don't you think?
So I decided that I would crack the initials. I did. At first, I consider the solution to the initials a longshot, but you must pursue all avenues. Then, going back to the ransom note, I realized that I was right. The idiot gave himself away. I knew what this guy does, so then I continued the trail. You see, when you know what animal you're looking for, you can follow the trail he left behind.
As to vindication, I already told everybody about my information, and I mean everybody. Even my Barber knows. It's funny, though. When I give my info, they are surprised at all the documentation and they all say the same thing: These people should be looked at! (No kidding!) and yet, they never checked it out. The case keeps moving from place to place and now it looks like it's stalled, again.
I've helped in cases by catching the criminal. For example, there were computer thefts at a place I worked at, I figured out who and when he was going to strike again. We caught him. Jewel theft in apartment building I was living in. Figured out who it was and he was caught. My most gratifying success, somewhat, was the return of a kidnapped girl to her family. Would've gotten it done sooner, but the police planted evidence in the case which skewed things and it's not over yet. This, however, proved to me that I can do this. That's what I mean.
So, I hope, if you're still awake, it clears at least a few items.