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  The Ransom note and the Movie Connection
Posted by: BIZ - 02-21-2017, 03:33 PM - Forum: Linguistics - Ransom Note - No Replies

Ransom (1996)

Story Lines
Specified denomination of bills and type of container for delivery of the ransom
The delivery of the ransom requires extreme physical exertion [The RN encourages John to be well-rested]
The child is bound with his hands placed above his head
Duct tape is used on the child
The child's parent is a wealthy businessman who can fly his own plane
The kidnapper employs counter-surveillance
Similar Phrases
"Do not involve the police or the FBI. If you do, I will kill him."
"Do not inform the media or I will kill him."
"No tracking devices in the money or the cases or I will kill him."

Ruthless People (1986) 

Similar Phrases
"Mister Stone. Listen very carefully." 
"We have kidnapped your wife."
"We have no qualms about killing and will do so at the slightest provocation. Do you understand?"
"I have no patience for stupid questions, Mister Stone, and I donÂ’t like repeating myself. Do you understand?"
"You are to obtain a new, black, American Tourister briefcase. Model numbereight-one-o-four. Do you understand?"
"In it you will place five hundred thousand dollars in unmarked, non-
sequentially numbered one-hundred dollars bills. Do you understand?" 
"Monday morning, at eleven A.M., you will proceed, with case in hand, to Hope Street Plaza and wait for a phone to ring. You will receive further instructions then. Do you understand?"
"You will be watched at all phases of execution. If anyone is with you, or if any action is not carried out to our complete satisfaction, it will be
considered an infraction of the rules, and your wife will be killed. Do you understand?" 
"If you notify the police, your wife will be killed. If you notify the media, she will be killed. If you deviate from our instructions in any way whatsoever, she will be killed. Do you understand?"

Speed (1994)

Story Lines
Specified denomination of bills and type of container for delivery of the ransom
The kidnapper employs counter-surveillance
"You know that I'm on top of you. Do not attempt to grow a brain." [RN states: "Don't try to grow a brain John"]

"Mind Hunter," by FBI profiler John Douglas. 

In chapter 16, there is a case of a young girl who is kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and suffocated with duct tape. When the killer called the mother, he began with the words "listen carefully." The same two words begin the ransom note." 
Others have speculated that the references to "John" in the RN were to John Douglas rather than John Ramsey, i.e., that the writer was deliberately taunting FBI profilers.
Seven (1995)

Story Lines
Police drama about two cops, one new and one about to retire, after a serial killer using the seven deadly sins as his MO.[JBR may or may not have been killed by a serial killer; elements of "staging" suggest there may have been something symbolic about her death in the mind of the killer].
Killer: "I'm setting the example. What I've done is going to be puzzled over and studied and followed... forever." [JBR's killer may have been implicitly trying to "send a message" about the U.S. "we respect your business but not the country that it serves." Alternatively the killer may have been bothered by little girls being beauty pageant queens, although this theme is not mentioned in RN].
Killer: "Wanting people to listen, you can't just tap them on the shoulder anymore. You have to hit them with a sledgehammer, and then you'll notice you've got their strict attention." [JBR was dealt a savage blow to the head, one that would fell a 350 lb. lineman, far more than what was needed for her to die. If the point of this blow was to send a message, however, one would have expected it to be externally visible, which it was not. On the other hand, an extremely experienced or far-sighted killer would have known the public shock value of learning this fact at the autopsy.]. 
Killer: "It seems that envy is my sin." [The allusion to "fat cat" in the RN suggests the killer may have been envious of JR; on the other hand, it's not clear the killer would have been self-critical enough to label his/her behavior as envious]. 
Nick of Time (1995)
When Aired. "On the night JonBenet was murdered, the movie 'Nick of Time' aired at 7:30 P.M. on a Boulder cable channel....Bill Cox, who was staying with Fleet and Priscilla White, told the police he remembered watching the movie that night." (Schiller 1999:225t).
Story Lines
"The story centers on an unarmed political faction that kidnaps a six-year-old girl." (Schiller 1999:225,).
Similar Phrases
"The victim is told, "Listen to me very carefully.'" (Schiller 1999:225,)

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  transference anyone?
Posted by: jameson245 - 02-20-2017, 11:31 PM - Forum: A Little Girl's Dream - No Replies

ByA customeron April 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
What a sad story. I'm also an abused child I wished I had the courage to tell my side of what happened to me, but I can't. I will read this book over and over...someday maybe I will have the courage to TELL. This book will help many who have been abused. I cried when I read her story...the anguish she must be going through. Can you imagine what little JonBenet went through...only the people who have gone through with it will ever know. The last chapter makes you stop and think...Did mommy and daddy really do it??? The only other thing, I wished it would have contained more about the pageant industry. I got out because i didn't agree on what those moms do to their beautiful little girls. I also saw the hitting, the pulling of hair, and some DUCT-TAPING. It wasn't for me!

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  another PDI
Posted by: jameson245 - 02-20-2017, 11:26 PM - Forum: The Tragic Little Pageant Princess - No Replies

Top Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars   May be good fiction but NOT true crime
By jameson on June 22, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Another book full of misinformation, guess Patsy Ramsey's death brought out all these authors. Dead people can't sue. I will point out one mistake in his book that involves me personally. Don Foster, linguistics expert, now discredited linguistics failure, was NOT discounted in this case because he once wrote a sympathy note to the Ramseys. He was discredited because he first accused John Andrew of the crime, had identified some Internet posts as belonging to JAR, identified those posts as the killer's, but he was wrong. The posts belonged to a middle-aged female from Massachusetts, not a college boy from Georgia.
But this author misinforms people about Foster and other facts in this case. May be good fiction but NOT true crime.

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  Thank you Lori for the review
Posted by: jameson245 - 02-20-2017, 11:19 PM - Forum: An Angel Betrayed - No Replies

1.0 out of 5 starsdeserves zero stars -- don't waste your money
By Lori on November 11, 2014
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
I would give this book zero stars if I could. It is the most poorly-written and possibly the worst book I have ever read. I wish I could get my money back -- don't spend yours.

First off, it's less a book than a self-published, rambling screed. The author is not a writer, a journalist, a law enforcement professional or a part of any other profession that could shine a light on this complicated and extremely sad case. It turns out he is a poster at web sites websleuths and forumsforjustice with no credentials or standing to write the book -- just a guy with a rambling, unsubstantiated, incoherent theory and the money to publish it. There is no new information in this book. People and testimony are quoted from other sources; there are no citations, no footnotes. Posts from the forums are quoted using posters' nicknames. Other authors' and investigators' work is mined for the only factual information in the book. The author has a theory and subjects the reader to his smug opinions on every page. The grammar is horrendous. The book is poorly organized with constant refrains of "More on that later" and no index.

With an almost creepy lack of cohesion, the author slips in opinions of things, names and cases that don't have anything to do with JonBenet's tragic murder, whether in venom-filled statements or clumsy, at times illiterate analogies. In this over-the-top jeremiad he mentions, among other things, Family Guy, Anna Nicole Smith, Star Trek, and Barack Obama. He uses vulgar and vile language throughout the book. One of the attorneys from the Boulder DA's Office is said to be "a bitchy little nudnik." A female attorney is characterized as "a radical feminist." DA Alex Hunter is called a "a no-good, weak bastard." Ramsey attorney Lin Wood is described as "a slimy, ugly, bald, unprincipaled maggot with a law degree." And there's this (and many more like it): "Another problem is that nobody can seem to unglue the DA's lips off of John Ramsey's ass."

I could go on but you get the point. The book is trashy and ill-informed. Save your money

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  Not mine but excellent review
Posted by: jameson245 - 02-20-2017, 10:55 PM - Forum: Mother Gone Bad - Replies (1)

Top Customer Reviews of A MOTHER GONE BAD

1.0 out of 5 stars
Bypodmomon January 20, 2015
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a psychologist, I found this book to be very unprofessional. Although I do believe the parents caused her death and Patsy wrote the ransom note, I do not believe that Dr. Hodges' methods are independently validated or peer-reviewed. It also worries me that he keeps touting his amazing breakthrough that will revolutionize criminal science - this sounds grandiose and is an odd statement from a mental health prnot mine but excellent reviewofessional. The book contains no footnotes or index so it is difficult to evaluate many of the "facts" presented. While handwriting analysis and statement analysis are accepted methods within the field, Dr. Hodges seems to find excessive meaning in every word and letter which I am afraid is not always real. For instance, when Patsy mentions in a Christmas letter that Burke is in 3rd grade, Dr. Hodges finds that she is referring to a sexual threesome, which seems like a stretch to me. On the other hand, Dr. Hodges seems not to notice some very obvious things - he mentions that the name JonBenet must have created a "special bond" between father and daughter, but never mentions that giving your daughter a feminized version of your own name denies her a separate identity and bespeaks of ownership. In researching Dr. Hodges on the web, I discovered that he has written books and articles "analyzing" President Obama, finding that he "confessed" that he stole the 2012 election, is not legally or mentally fit to be President, and wants to become a "dictator." When a mental health professional presents such an open agenda, I would be very very suspicious of all of his "scholarly" work.

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  Sealed portions released - news story
Posted by: jameson245 - 02-20-2017, 07:20 PM - Forum: Autopsy - No Replies

The Denver Post
August 16, 2006

Released under court order Wednesday, the last sealed
portions of JonBenet Ramsey’s autopsy report focused on the cord
and the stick used to strangle her.

The stick is 4 1/2 inches long and broken on both ends,
according to the autopsy report. It’s spotted with “”several
colors of paint” and glistens with varnish.

“Printed in gold letters on one end of the wooden stick is
the word “Korea,”’ Boulder County Coroner John Meyer’s
nine-page report states.

The end of another word appears from
beneath the cord on the stick, and strands of blond hair are
caught in the knot and the cord.

An autopsy photograph shows the cord wrapped around the stick
seven times and spotted with royal blue and black paint.

Investigators have checked the paint on the stick against paint
in the Ramsey home.

“The stick could be very significant,” said one veteran
metro-area homicide investigator. “”Is it some memento of
someone’s journey there (to Korea), and where was it normally
kept? And where is the rest of it?”

Dr. Tom Henry, Denver’s chief medical examiner, said details
in Wednesday’s report probably were released last to allow time
for comparison with statements collected in the investigation.
“This would be one way to find out who’s telling the truth and
who’s not.”

But Henry and other forensic experts who have reviewed the
document stuck by earlier statements that the key to identifying
the killer isn’t in the autopsy report.

Arapahoe County Coroner Dr. Michael Dobersen cautioned
against reading too much into the autopsy. “”The findings are
only part of the whole story,” he said.

The information released Wednesday describes how the coroner
found JonBenet’s body covered with a blanket and a Colorado
Avalanche sweatshirt when he entered the home at 8:20 p.m. on
Dec. 26. The body lay face up, with arms over the head, Meyer

Boulder detective Cmdr. John Eller declined to comment about
whether the release of the autopsy report will harm the
investigation, now into its eighth month. Nor would he comment
about evidence described in the autopsy report.

“It belongs in court,” he told The Denver Post.

Investigation continues

Eller said his detectives have been contacting about 35 sex
offenders registered in Boulder for possible connections to the
case. “”We’re looking for additional leads, information and to
shut down potential defenses,” Eller said.

He added that his investigators were “”out until about 2 a.m.
(Wednesday). They haven’t stopped. That needs to be stressed.”

Hal Haddon, John Ramsey’s attorney, said the newly released
information about the cord and stick supports the family’s
contention that the apparatus was brought into the Ramsey’s home.

“What it tells us is this was well planned. The way it was
knotted, the way it was constructed, it was clearly a planned
thing,” Haddon said.

In analyzing the ransom note, it too “”was
well planned and constructed in a very deliberate way,” he said.

JonBenet’s body was clothed in a long-sleeved white T-shirt
with a silver-sequined star on the front, white long underwear
and panties. The long underwear and panties were stained with
urine. The panties, which had the word “”Wednesday” on the
waistband, also were stained in the crotch with red spots up to
a half-inch in diameter.

Heart on her hand

She also was wearing a gold identification bracelet bearing her
name and the date Dec. 25, 1996. A cross hung on a gold chain
around her neck, and she wore a gold ring on the middle finger
of her right hand. A heart was drawn in red ink on the palm of
her left hand. Her hair was gathered in two ponytails, one on
the top of her head and another at the back.

“The urine doesn’t tell me very much because it’s very
common for the … bladder to relax” at the time of death,
(Tom) Henry said.

 He said he assumed the stains were blood but that
it’s impossible to tell just from the autopsy report whether a
sexual assault took place.

Dobersen said, “”Most pathologists and physicians who have
looked at the report seem to lean in the direction of a sexual
assault as far as interpreting those injuries.”

Earlier releases from the report showed JonBenet died of
strangulation and an 8.5-inch-long skull fracture; it gives no
clue about which happened first. The girl also had injuries to
her genital area, but experts differ over whether she was
sexually assaulted.

No time of death

John Ramsey found his daughter’s body in the basement of their
home at 755 15th Street about 1:20 p.m. the day after Christmas.
He carried her upstairs, where someone covered the girl with the
Avalanche sweatshirt.

That morning, her mother had found a note demanding $118,000
for the girl’s safe return.

The autopsy report does not have an estimated time of death.

“I consider estimation of time of death to be an interpretive
finding rather than a factual statement,” Meyer explained in a
prepared statement that accompanied the report.

Still not released are reports on toxicology and other tests
on evidence collected from the body, including samples from
JonBenet’s blood, body orifices, hair, eyelashes, eyebrows and

Meyer has long claimed that release of the report could harm
the investigation. Parts of the autopsy were released on Feb.
14. When the seal on the rest of the report came up for renewal
May 15, a district court judge ordered most of the rest
released. Meyer unsuccessfully appealed the release all the way
to the state supreme court.

Investigators from the police department and the district
attorney’s office are planning to visit the FBI in Quantico,
Va., in early September to confer on the case.

 So far, District Attorney Alex Hunter, deputies Pete Hofstrom and Trip DeMuth and
special investigator Lou Smit, along with police Detectives Jane
Harmer, Steve Thomas, Ron Gosage, Tom Trujillo and Tom Wickman
are expected to make the trip.

Also Wednesday, the Boulder district attorney’s office said
that as of June 24, it had spent $70,669 investigating the
Ramsey murder. Expenses are running about $9,000 a month, said
spokeswoman Suzanne Laurion.

Published Aug. 8, 1997

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  look close for web
Posted by: jameson245 - 02-20-2017, 06:20 PM - Forum: Broken window/ Spider web - Replies (1)


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  fibers on bat found on north side of house
Posted by: jameson245 - 02-20-2017, 05:57 PM - Forum: Fiber and Hair Evidence - No Replies

From Newsweek May 19, 2000

Police found fibers from the (basement) carpet on a baseball bat in the bushes outside the house, leading Smit to believe the killer used it to bludgeon JonBenet.

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  window in the news
Posted by: jameson245 - 02-20-2017, 05:52 PM - Forum: Broken window/ Spider web - No Replies

A basement window was open, and the window well outside showed signs of fresh disturbance. But the police inexplicably rejected an officer's request to bring in police dogs to find a possible scent trail. Smit noticed leaves and debris, including foam packing peanuts, outside the house in the window well. Inside the basement, he saw similar leaves and foam peanuts, including one 60 feet away in the room where JonBenet was found--a possible sign an intruder coming through the window had tracked the debris through the basement. "The wind sure didn't blow those in there," Smit says. Smit also saw a fresh print from a Hi-Tec shoe, a brand no one in the family owned.

From Newsweek 3/19/2000

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  Police tried to hide Lou's evidence
Posted by: jameson245 - 02-20-2017, 05:50 PM - Forum: Stun Gun - Replies (2)

From "The Intruder Theory", a story published in Newsweek on 3/19/00

"Examining autopsy photos, Smit noticed unusual sets of abrasions on JonBenet's back and face. Smit wondered if they had been made by a stun gun--an unlikely weapon for a parent to use on a child. Smit measured the marks and discovered they matched a brand of stun gun called the Air Taser. He began to believe the killer may have used the stun gun on JonBenet as she slept, then carried her to the basement. The Boulder police were skeptical of Smit's stun-gun theory, and showed some of the autopsy pictures to Arapahoe County coroner Dr. Michael Doberson, who had researched stun-gun wounds. Doberson said he didn't think the marks were from a stun gun. But recently, NEWSWEEK asked Doberson to review Smit's stun-gun evidence. Doberson says the police never showed him Smit's pictures comparing the size and orientation of the marks with the electrical contacts on the Air Taser. He now calls Smit's stun-gun theory "compelling.""

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