The Burke did it Theory by T. Cowan
The Burke did it Theory according to Troy Cowen

This is the story of how a little girl learned to play the choking game and how that knowledge ended her life.

In 1996, news accounts reported that someone assaulted, abused, and strangled six-year-old JonBenét in her home on Christmas night. With no indications that an intruder entered the home, the police focused in on the three people that were in the house that night: the mother, father, and their son. This article presents the theory that nine-year-old Burke Ramsey strangled JonBenét.

This story began years before JonBenét was born.

Southern California

Nancy Krebs’ appalling childhood

Fleet White was born in 1913. In High school, Fleet White became friends with a classmate named Gordon Christoff. Soon each boy discovered that his friend was attracted to little girls. 

After high school, Fleet went to college. He was strong, good looking, and athletic. He sang well and had a good personality. After college, he started a business selling lubricants and invested his money in drilling for oil. He became a part owner in a very successful well in Riverside, California. If Fleet lived near you, you would be proud to have him as a member of your community. 

As with most men, Fleet liked girls. However, the problem for many young girls was that their age didn’t matter to Fleet. Fleet met and formed friendships with other men that had a similar interest in little girls. Fleet and his friends sexually abused children on a regular basis. Authorities never arrested them and they were never prosecuted, except for one—Mackey Boykin. He was able to make a plea bargain and served ten months in jail.

Fleet’s high school friend, Gordon Christoff, married Alyce and they had a daughter named Gwen. The Christoff’s asked Fleet White to be Gwen’s godfather. He accepted. Gwen grew up and in 1960; Gwen married Don Krebs. The Krebs had a daughter in 1962 and named her Nancy.

In 1966, Gordon became upset when he found Fleet fondling his granddaughter. A violent argument ensued. During this intense verbal argument, Gordon clutched his hands to his chest and died of a massive heart attack. 

After Gordon’s death, Alyce married Albert Sprague. Fleet became friends with Albert and both men shared an attraction for Nancy.

When Nancy’s father, Don Krebs, discovered that his wife was having extramarital affairs, he divorced Gwen. After the divorce, Gwen married Tom Boykin. Gwen, Nancy, and Nancy’s little sister moved into the Boykin family's trailer. 

The Boykins slept in a bedroom at one end of the trailer and the newlywed couple, Gwen and Tom, slept in a bedroom at the other end of the trailer. Nancy, her sister, and several older Boykin boys slept in the living room in the middle of the trailer. They were living in poverty.

Tom’s brother was Mackey Boykin. Mackey loved little girls and he was good with a garrote. Fleet, Albert, Tom, and Mackey became friends. To a different degree, each one was attracted to Nancy Krebs

Tom and Gwen started receiving financial support from Fleet White. Without protest from Nancy’s mother and stepfather, Fleet, Albert, and Mackey started fondling Nancy. Soon their fondling turned into having intercourse. Sometimes Nancy’s mother, stepfather, and grandmother would watch as the men had sex with her. Fleet's money and the men’s sexual contact with Nancy lasted for over a decade. As Nancy grew older and more rebellious, her mother gave Nancy drugs to gain her cooperation. As long as Nancy was available for sex, the money kept flowing.

Mackey became an expert at using a garrote. He would use the garrote to create a mild state of oxygen deprivation in a victim’s brain. When the brain is mildly oxygen starved, the body becomes very sensitive to sexual stimulation. Sexual stimulation while the brain is oxygen deprived gives an intense orgasm. Erotic asphyxiation is more pleasurable and habit forming than cocaine.

For centuries, people have been using various choking techniques to create a mild state of oxygen starvation. The garrote in the hands of a skilled practitioner can precisely control the amount of blood reaching the brain. Correctly using the garrote along with sexual stimulation can give an intense orgasm. Nancy said, “There was a reason that they did that and that was because they wanted me to be excited in the sexual way”. Nancy was sexually stimulated and aroused. Despite her age, she had an intense orgasm. 

Fleet had an adult son that lived in Boulder, Colorado. John Ramsey and Fleet Jr. were best friends.

In 1990, Nancy sought help to overcome her fear and mistrust of people. After ten years of rape victim counseling, Nancy's therapist saw a program on JonBenét's murder. The therapist was able to determine that the man Nancy had been telling her about and the Fleet in the Ramsey case were father and son. The therapist talked Nancy into going to the Boulder police.

The police interviewed Nancy and she was unable to recall the exact dates or locations of the abuse that occurred in her childhood. She would make an unreliable witness. The police determined that the abuse in California was unrelated to the murder in Colorado. Nancy's story eventually leaked to the newspapers. People called her a publicity hound. Others said she was a diseased drug addict and a liar. The public tossed her away like an old newspaper.

Atlanta, 1988

John, a small-time crook and money launderer, lives with his wife and son in Atlanta. Through his associations, he learns of a place where the DA never prosecutes criminals. He and his family move to this perfect town— Boulder, Colorado.

Lockheed Martin is a major defense contractor and there is a powerful criminal element attached to this company. These criminals belong to the West Coast mob. The mob will use Lockheed’s business to gain respect for their illegal activities. This mob will help John set up his money laundering business in Boulder.

This criminal element wants to appear as a good and constructive member of the community. One of their goals was to make as many influential friends as they could. This mob supported several charities and offered the well-connected lavish social events throughout the year. In the 1990’s, they provided the politically connected with generous loan opportunities and gave parties for their friend's enjoyment. John Ramsey, Fleet White, and Alex Hunter enjoyed the social life the mob provided.

Denver, Colorado, 1996

A few days before Christmas there was a large party near Denver. This party was for the entire West Coast mob. The mob had their party just before Christmas so that a large gathering would not attract attention. At this party, the goal was to grant every person their sexual gratification. The party’s organizers provided boys, girls, young men and young women for the pleasure of the attendees.

JonBenét was the daughter of John Ramsey and a six-year-old beauty pageant winner. A small segment of the mob that enjoys playing with small girls knows about JonBenét. The mob wants JonBenét and they give their guarantee to John that they will not harm her. John's first reaction was—not with my daughter! 

A mob boss applied pressure on John until he relented. To John’s dismay, he now understands the high cost of doing business with the mob. The party’s organizers also asked Fleet to contact his father to get help in finding a man that was an expert with a garrote.

Before taking JonBenét to the party, John told her that it won’t take long and she must be quiet and still while the men examine her. At the party, in a private room, JonBenet is naked and lies on a table. A small group of men is watching as one man puts a leather collar around JonBenét’s neck and then the cord that goes over the collar. JonBenét is very troubled by the strange events happening to her, but she obeys her father to be still. The man twist the cord, making it tighter. The man is very gentle with her and the cord is just tight enough to reduce blood flow to her brain. 

The garrote around her neck was not painful and there was very little discomfort.  When JonBenét was ready, the man nodded his head and the men around the table began to fondle her. Even though she was frightened most of the time, she enjoyed the men stroking her and she had an intense orgasm at the end. The men did not harm JonBenét and everyone enjoyed the experience. John picked her up at the party and took her home. That night, JonBenét wets the bed for the first time in over a year.

Wednesday, December 25, 1996

The children have opened their Christmas presents and have spent the morning playing. It is now time to get ready to go to the White's for Christmas dinner. The sexual experience at the Mob's Christmas party has caused JonBenét to regress in her toilet training and she has begun to wet herself. She will have to wear pull-ups to the dinner party. In getting JonBenét ready, Patsy helped her put on the pull-ups, the oversized panties that went over the pull-ups and the rest of her clothing. Later, the Ramsey’s arrived at the home of Fleet and Priscilla White. Shortly after arriving, JonBenét had an accident that needed attending.

From the bathroom, JonBenét's call for assistance was soon answered. She needed help in cleaning up. He wiped down JonBenét with a damp cloth leaving trace fibers found during the autopsy. He helped her get dressed but he did not replace the pull-up. JonBenét returned to play with the other children wearing the oversized panties.

Later that evening the Ramsey’s are on their way home from Christmas dinner. They make a few stops to deliver packages. Several people saw JonBenét asleep in the back seat of the car.

The Ramsey’s arrive home after 9 o’clock. John carries JonBenét to her room and puts the sleeping child to bed in the same clothes she wore that day. Patsy will come up and dress JonBenét for bed in a few minutes. John tells Burke to go to his room and get in bed. John is tired and has a long day tomorrow; he goes to bed. John, Burke, and JonBenét are all in bed. 

Shortly, Patsy went to JonBenét's room and removed the sleeping child's black velvet jeans and black vest and put JonBenét in white thermal long-Johns, leaving on her crew neck top and oversized panties. She turns out the bedroom lights as she leaves. Pasty wants a little time to herself and needs to do some last minute house cleaning and finish preparing for tomorrow's trip to their vacation home in Charlevoix, Michigan.

Burke can’t sleep. He is wide-awake and decides to go downstairs to play. Downstairs, in the living room, he finds his mother. She allows him to play until he becomes sleepy. He remains downstairs to assemble a miniature-parking garage he began earlier.

JonBenét, asleep in her bed, awakens. She gets out of bed, grabs her heavy flashlight and begins to go down the hall to Burke's room as she has done many times before. She notices dimmed light emanating up the spiral staircase coming from the living quarters. Hungry, she heads down to the living room where she finds Patsy and asks her for something to eat. Patsy tells her that there is some pineapple in the refrigerator. Burke wants some pineapple too. Patsy helps the children find the pineapple, and JonBenét plays with her lit flashlight as she is eating. When JonBenét is finished eating she goes back into the living room and watches TV with Patsy. Burke returns to his model.

After watching some TV with JonBenét, Patsy decides to go upstairs to check the sheets in JonBenét's bedroom. She tells JonBenét to go potty before she comes up to bed. With Patsy out of the room, as soon as JonBenét emerges from the bathroom, she finds Burke and asks him to take her down to the basement’s playroom.

JonBenét wants another orgasm. She instructs Burke on what to do. Both children have no idea of what they are doing. Burke follows JonBenét's directions and makes a noose. He places it around her neck. He wraps the leash around his right hand and with his left hand; he pushes on the back of her neck and shoulders. Pulling on the cord with one hand and pushing on the back of her neck with the other causes the noose to tighten. The noose is getting tighter and tighter.

A garrote loosens when tension is released, but this is a noose made with a slip-knot that tightens as pressure is applied. JonBenét begins to struggle. Struggling causes her to become oxygen depleted quickly; it doesn't take but a few moments for her to suffocate. Her body goes limp; she falls backward on the floor. She is moments away from death. The knot is tight and the cord is deeply embedded in her neck choking the life out of her. Burke tries to loosen the noose but he can't get his fingers under the cord.

Burke is confused and afraid. JonBenét's eyes bulge from their sockets, her face is blue. She is a frightful sight. JonBenét begins to convulse. These strange movements and horrible appearance terrify him. Burke picks up the flashlight and straddles JonBenét's body. With both hands, he lifts the flashlight high above his head. Standing over her, he begins the long arc downward. His knees bend as his thighs lower his body, his stomach muscles contract as the fast moving flashlight impact JonBenét's head.

The blow leaves an eight-inch fracture in her skull. This wound does not bleed and it does not swell because the cord going around her neck is preventing any blood from reaching her head. JonBenét dies at this moment. There is no visible evidence of a head injury. The forensic examiner at the autopsy will discover the cracked skull.

Burke wants to hide JonBenét. He takes her by the hands and drags her body a short distance to the wine cellar. In the process, he leaves behind a footprint from his HI TEC shoe.

Meanwhile, Patsy goes to JonBenét’s bedroom, checks the bed, and finds that it is dry. She straightens it and makes it ready for JonBenét’s return. She continues to clean house, pack, and do other miscellaneous chores. When she is satisfied with the state the house is in, she decides to check on the children and put them to bed.

Patsy goes down stairs. Not finding the children in the living area, Patsy searches for the children and sees light coming from the basement. There she finds Burke and JonBenét’s lifeless body lying on the cellar floor. She screams and yells at Burke to go get John.

Patsy has removed the noose and is trying to revive JonBenét as John and Burke rush in. Burke sees Patsy trying to revive JonBenét and asks if she will be all right. They tell him that she will be all right and order him to his room, but they are too late, she is dead.

The parents grieve for the loss of their daughter. The Ramsey’s know that they have not given Burke the attention and love that he required. In their deep sorrow, they also feel guilt. Patsy goes to Burke's room to comfort the distraught little boy and she thinks that she can help him through the night by telling him that JonBenét is recovering. Patsy then gives Burke two of her Benadryl's to help him sleep.

Now, faced with the possibility of losing both children and having Burke branded as the boy who murdered his sister, the Ramseys try to regain their composure and begin to reflect on their options. The Ramseys have an additional problem, they let Burke go to sleep thinking JonBenét was alive. What will they tell him in the morning?

After grieving for the loss of their daughter, the Ramsey’s decide to concoct a ransom note and to create, conceal, and manipulated the evidence in an attempt to take attention away from Burke. John and Patsy will do everything they can to convince Burke and others that an intruder killed JonBenét. 

The deep furrow in JonBenét’s neck indicated to Patsy that she would have to put the cord back around JonBenét’s neck. It was the most difficult thing she ever had to do. Patsy broke off the ends of one of her paintbrushes and added the mid-portion to one end of the noose. To the police, it looked like a garrote. The reason Patsy tied the handle to the end of the cord was to make the implement that killed JonBenét look different from the one Burke made. Burke would not recognize the device that killed his sister and he could continue believing kidnappers killed JonBenét.

As Patsy tied the cord to the handle, some of JonBenét’s hair and fibers from Patsy's sweater became entangled in the cord going around the paintbrush handle. Patsy put a piece of duct tape over JonBenét’s mouth and wrapped her ankles. During the investigation, the police found fibers on the sticky side of the duct-tape. It was determined that the fibers came from Patsy’s sweater. Also on the sticky side of the duct-tape, there was a perfect impression of JonBenét’s lips, indicating JonBenét made no movement after the tape was applied.

Before leaving JonBenét alone in the dark cellar, Patsy covered JonBenét's body with a blanket and placed two of JonBenét's favorite dolls with her under the blanket. Upstairs, Patsy writes the ransom note as John helps dictate it. They place the note in the hall on the stairs.

John began to look for a place to stage the break-in. A few months earlier, John forgot his keys and broke a basement window to get into the house. He never had that window repaired. He went to the basement window that had that broken section, opened it, and tried to hoist himself up. His shoe scraped against the basement wall creating a scuff mark. He found that getting out that way to be too difficult. He looked for something to climb on and found a suitcase nearby. He put it under the window, climbed on the suitcase, reached up, grabbed the iron grate, and tried to move it. It was hard to move and made a scraping sound, but he was satisfied that this location would work as the point of entry. He never crawled through the opening, just tested it.

The Ramsey’s planned to place the body along the road where someone can find it. They will dispose of the leftover cord and duct tape at the same time. The decision on when and where to place the body proved to be too painful, so they kept putting it off until circumstances made the decision for them. A light dusting of snow at 2 a.m. made it impossible for them to leave the house without creating tracks. 

This dusting of snow would remain on the ground until the sun hit it in the morning. JonBenét would have to remain in the basement until the snow melted. They still need to dispose of the duct tape. Tomorrow they will call their friends to come to the house. One couple will take the remnants of the duct tape and cord out of the house in their purse or pocket.

The Ramseys did not know of the blow to the head, so there was no need to dispose of the flashlight. Burke did use it in examining his sister and it might have her DNA on it along with Burke's fingerprints. Patsy took the flashlight to the kitchen, washed it clean of all fingerprints, and left on the counter. 

Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Patsy awakened Burke and told him that kidnappers had taken JonBenét. Patsy asked if he had heard anything or knew anything. He did not. Patsy took Burke downstairs and showed him the ransom note. She wanted to prove to Burke that kidnappers took JonBenét. John and Patsy hoped that Burke would believe that JonBenét was alive when kidnapped, and therefore, he could not have killed her. They called 911 in his presence to make a convincing display.

As soon as possible, John's lawyer, Hal Haddon met with his friend Governor Roy Romer to discuss the Ramseys plight. Because Burke was below the age of culpability in Colorado, Haddon reasoned that as far as the law was concerned, no crime was committed. After their discussion, they agreed that it would be in the best interest of Burke, the Ramseys, Boulder and Colorado, that this case remains unsolved.

All believed that with Governor Romer's assistance and after allowing a few weeks for media attention to subside, this case could be quietly put to rest. It was not difficult to get cooperation from others, many people, including Alex Hunter, after discovering the Ramseys predicament, sympathized with them.

Intense public interest has prevented this group of Ramsey sympathizers from shelving the case. People within the police department that want this case solved release information in the form of leaks to keep the case alive. These leaks keep JonBenét in the minds of the public and prevent Hunter from setting the case aside.

The Boulder Police have been made to look clumsy because there are people inside state offices working against a solution. The staging and cover-up were to convince Burke and others that an intruder came into the night and took the sleeping JonBenét from her bed.

Around 10:00 o'clock Thursday morning, three hours before JonBenét's body would be found, John's lawyer sent word to him that Burke was underage and therefore not responsible for the death of JonBenét and that no action could be taken against him. Only John and Patsy know the truth of the cover-up and only John knows the whole truth. Patsy is suspicious of John’s activities but she does not dare ask. John, now visibly shaken, has doubts about continuing the cover-up. John feels that if they acknowledge that Burke did it, the probing into his affairs would not be necessary.

John is reminded of Patsy's warning not to grow a brain. It is her strong conviction to protect Burke. Patsy believes that they can never reveal the truth. The Ramsey’s friends that know or suspect the truth will keep silent for the same reason. They believe that Burke is convinced that someone else kidnapped and killed JonBenét and that this frees Burke of any guilt or shame. They also know that if others believe that someone else killed JonBenét, then people would not look upon Burke with contempt and hatred.

A few days after of the death of JonBenét, the Ramsey’s’ lawyer hired Pat Korten, a public relations professional, to ensure that the Ramseys were portrayed in the media as a positive, loving, family. Others were hired to see to it that support for an "intruder did it" theory was prominent in the news media, TV specials, and on the web.

A Ramsey supporter called Jameson operates a web site dedicated to JonBenét. She maintains a strong position on the web and her purpose is to mislead. Together, along with their lawyers and private investigators, they would create rancor and confusion in order to stall and misdirect the investigation.

In addition to each family member having their own lawyer, the Ramsey’s hired a coach to help them with their responses to any and all questions. Not only were they taught what to say but how to say it. They have been prepared very well and are ready to give a convincing response to all questions.

Burke returned to school on January 24th. Guards were placed at the classroom door. The Ramsey’s called these people, "parent volunteers". No one would be allowed to contact Burke. Burke would be watched at all times.

Copyright 1998 by Troy Cowan.
All rights reserved.


In 1999, a grand jury was impaneled to determine if there was enough evidence to prosecute. They found sufficient evidence and voted to indict John and Patsy Ramsey. The grand jury determined there was probable cause to charge the Ramsey’s for child abuse and that their actions resulted in JonBenét's death.

Child abuse has a statute of limitations of three years. The Grand Jury was impaneled in 1999 and the three years was almost up. District Attorney Alex Hunter had to do something to delay any action against the Ramsey’s in order to allow the statute of limitations to take effect. Hunter refused to sign the indictment and prosecute the case. The statute of limitations is now in effect and John Ramsey cannot be prosecuted for the cover-up that occurred at the beginning of the case. However, the cover-up continues to this day and a smart prosecutor could still bring charges against John Ramsey and others.

May 24, 2000

JonBenét Ramsey's parents said at a press conference that they passed a lie detector test given by a private polygraph expert, Ed Gelb. Mr. Gelb stated that the lie detector test indicated the Ramseys did not "attempt to deceive" when they said they did not know who beat and strangled their 6-year-old daughter in 1996. Gelb, a former president of the American Polygraph Association, said Patsy Ramsey also denied writing a ransom note found in the family home. "Neither John nor Patsy were attempting deception when they gave the answers," Gelb said at the press conference with the Ramseys, their six attorneys, and another polygraph expert.

This is not the first time Ed Gelb has been in the spotlight. He was called in after Travis Walton claimed he was abducted by space aliens and kept for five days aboard their spaceship before being returned to Earth. There were five friends with him that claim that they saw Travis as he was being beamed aboard an alien craft.

Ed Gelb gave polygraphs to each of the five witnesses and gave them a clean bill of health. He stated that each of the tests demonstrated that each witness was being conclusively "truthful." Gelb, then declared that the statistical odds of five people "beating the machine" were about one in a million. 

Later, polygraph expert John J. McCarthy gave Travis Walton a polygraph examination and determined that Travis was deceptive with his responses. This is not the only time that Ed Gelb has verified an alien abduction. He had a TV show called "lie detector" with co-host F. Lee Bailey in which he had the opportunity to test Betty Hill.

 Betty and Barney Hill are the famous couple that claimed they were abducted by space aliens. They said that they were given a physical examination by these aliens while aboard the space ship. After Gelb gave her a polygraph examination, Betty Hill was declared to have given truthful responses to Gelb's questions.

May 2001

One year later, detective Lou Smit presented his intruder theory on the Today Show. He stated that the DNA, found in the panties and under JonBenét's fingernails, did not match John or Burke Ramsey and indicated an intruder. He said that the hair found on the blanket was also an indication of an intruder.

It has been stated that the DNA in JonBenét's panties and under her finger nails were several days old and degraded. While Smit believed the hair found on the blanket belonged to an intruder, it has subsequently been identified as belonging to Patsy Ramsey.

Molecular biologist Melissa Weber of Cell Mark Laboratories consulted several detectives after Cell Mark analyzed the DNA. Steve Thomas and Deputy DA DeMuth were at this meeting; Lou Smit was not. Steve Thomas said that Melissa Weber stated that the analysis showed the possibility that there may be DNA of another person mixed in with JonBenét's DNA found in the panties and under her fingernails.

However, this foreign DNA could be the result of a false positive (stutter). Melissa Weber went on to say that if there were two sources of DNA and they were mixed together, then no one could be excluded. This is contrary to Lou Smit's statement that John and Burke had been excluded. Shortly after the meeting with Weber, Deputy DA DeMuth announced that the DNA did not match John Ramsey's DNA. While technically a true statement, a better statement would have been, "No DNA match is possible under present technology".

When Cell Mark Laboratories was given the job of testing the DNA under JonBenét's fingernails and in her panties, there wasn't enough DNA to test, so they had to grow more DNA from the small sample they did have. The process of growing more DNA from a small sample is called PCR amplification. Unfortunately, when you don't have a perfect sample, the DNA is old, degraded or damaged, the imperfect DNA is amplified also. Sometimes, this imperfect DNA, or non-matching DNA, gives a false impression that it is another person’s DNA.

Having additional markers is a common problem with PCR amplification. Scientist call this problem, stuttering or shadow bands. When the DNA under the fingernails and in the panties was tested, there were more markers than there should have been. What caused these extra markers? Amplifying degraded DNA may be responsible for the extra markers, not an intruder.

Smit also said that the shoe print found near the body was also an indication of an intruder. He said that it was his belief that the intruder came into the house through the basement window, leaving a scuff mark on the wall as his shoe slid down the wall. He did not say whether the Hi-Tec brand of shoe that made the print in the basement was capable of making the scuff mark found on the basement wall. The material found in the scuff mark should match the sole of the shoe. They did not test John Ramsey's shoes to see if one of them could have made the scuff mark.

From the beginning, many people believed that the John Ramsey hired private investigators to help find the killer of JonBenét. We remember getting reports that private investigators were on the scene the day after the murder asking question and getting information from Ramsey’s neighbors. To many, it demonstrated that the Ramsey’s were innocent. Why would the guilty hire investigators to collect evidence the prosecutor would use against them?

 On May 31, 2000, John said on Larry King Live "We've had investigators, seasoned investigators collectively with over 500 homicides under their belt who have been working on this case day in and day out. They have questions, they have information." We now learn that there never was a private investigation into the death of JonBenét. On December 12, 2001, during a deposition, John Ramsey said that the "purpose of those investigators was to prepare a defense in the case that the police might bring a charge against me."

Many are saddened to learn that there was no private investigation into the death of JonBenét. Because of the Ramsey and OJ case, many have lost faith in our legal system. A system easily manipulated by the rich and powerful. Even Ramsey's head investigator, Ellis Armistead, has stated that he has lost faith in the system. In an article in the Rocky Mountain News, Armistead said his assignment was not to solve the crime. "It was to keep the Ramseys from being arrested."

May 22, 2001

Adrienne Mand reported that forensic scientist Henry Lee told Connecticut TV station WFSB-TV that he wonders whether the child beauty queen was even murdered. Lee said it's possible JonBenét's death was an accident, which was covered-up to make it look like a homicide, in which case there really isn't a killer. If Lee is thinking that JonBenét's death was an accident. He is not alone. Others have had similar thoughts. When Lou Smit was overheard talking to John Ramsey, he said, "John, look, it was an accident. This could be a lot easier for everybody".

What kind of accident is it when a person dies of strangulation? Is it an accident when a child kills another child? Many say yes. When the killer is too young to understand the meaning of life and death, right or wrong or the consequences of their actions. Burke was 9 years eleven months old.

August 23, 2002

Charlie Brennan, of the Rocky Mountain News, reported on two of the most puzzling question facing the investigators. "BOULDER - Investigators have answered two vexing questions in the JonBenét Ramsey case that have long helped support the theory that an intruder killed her, according to sources close to the case. The answers, which have been known to investigators for some time but never publicly revealed, could be seen to weaken the intruder theory.

The two clues are: A mysterious Hi-Tec boot print in the mold on the floor of the Ramsey’s' wine cellar, near JonBenét's body, has been linked by investigators to Burke. It is believed to have been left there under circumstances unrelated to JonBenét's murder. Burke, now 15, has repeatedly been cleared by authorities of any suspicion in the 1996 Christmas night slaying, and that has not changed. A palm print on the door leading to that same wine cellar, long unidentified, is that of Melinda Ramsey, JonBenét's adult half-sister. She was in Georgia at the time of the murder." 

July 17, 2003

The intruder theory was discussed on The Abrams Report. The guest list included Michael Kane, Larry Pozner, Wendy Murphy, Lawrence Schiller and Lin Wood. Lin Wood expressed his belief that the tape of Patsy's 911 call did not have Burke's voice on it. Wood, "Thanks, Dan. I want to make clear to your viewers that the tape that I provided to NBC was, in fact, authenticated as being identical to the tape that was tested by the Boulder Police Department. And that authentication came directly from Mary Keenan who provided the tape to me, and I provided NBC with the tape that Mary Keenan provided to me, the entire tape. It wasn't a third or fourth-generation tape. It was a first-generation off of the 911 original call, the same type tape that was tested by the Boulder Police Department and there is no conversation on there."

Schiller, "They did send it to the Secret Service and there were no results, only to discover that really there was more advance technology in a company in El Segundo, California that was in the aerospace business and dealt with these type of sound problems and they took the tape to El Segundo, California and there that company analyzed the tape and came up with what they believe was dialogue that continued a short time later after the phone was supposedly hung up. "

Anyone that has ever copied a tape knows that the copy is not as good as the original. In this case, we are talking about very weak voice impressions on tape that are just at or above the noise level. The additional noise (noise from the original + the noise from the copy) would most likely cover over any weak impressions that could be heard on the original tape. When Schiller asked the important question to Wood, "You don't know whether it's analog or digital" Wood said, "no" A digital tape converts the sound waves into numbers. When you copy a digital tape there is no deterioration because you are copying numbers and any noise on the tape can be discarded.

If Burke's voice can be heard on the tape, it will demonstrate that the Ramseys lied. The panel also discussed the fiber evidence.

MURPHY: "Don't forget for a minute that nobody really disputes Patsy Ramsey's sweater fibers were on the tape" and "wrapped inside the garrote." It was also pointed out that Burke Ramsey has never been looked at as the possible perpetrator.

KANE: "the police investigation never excluded anybody with the exception of Burke Ramsey from the focus of the case".

August 17, 2006

John Mark Karr told investigators from a Thailand detention center that he was with JonBenét when she died. With that confession, he got a free trip to the US. Once inside the US, no evidence could be found that linked him to JonBenét's murder and he was released. (Karr's arrest came with the help of Operation Predator, an arm of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that targets child predators who may be outside of the United States. The agency with information from Michael Tracy contacted the Royal Thai police.)

August 28, 2006

Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy, "You know, no one is really cleared of a homicide until there's a conviction, in court beyond a reasonable doubt. And I don't think you will get any prosecutor ... unless they were present with the person at the time of the crime ... to clear someone."

July 2008

Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy wrote in a letter to the little girl's father, John Ramsey. "To the extent that we may have contributed in any way to the public perception that you might have been involved in this crime, I am deeply sorry. No innocent person should have to endure such an extensive trial in the court of public opinion." Lacy said new "touch DNA tests on skin cells that were left behind on JonBenét's long underwear point to an 'unexplained third party' and not a member of the family".

Every time you touch something, you leave traces of your DNA. That DNA is now traceable and identifiable. It seems to me that a touch test should be done on the garrote, the paint brush handle, the ransom note, the duct tape, the blanket placed over her body, and the two dolls placed under the blanket. 

We know that fibers from Patsy's sweater were found under the cord that wrapped around the paintbrush handle. Did Patsy wrap the cord around the paintbrush handle? Did Burke touch the cord? Would Mary Lacy withhold such information from the public if the test were done and Burke's and or Patsy's DNA was on the cord?

September 2010

On HLN, Nancy Grace reported that for the last three weeks Boulder police have wanted to interview Burke Ramsey. As of October 1, 2010, Burke has not talked to police.

Lawrence Schiller was a guest on HLN. He said, "JonBenét was not dragged into the wine cellar because there were no drag marks in the dust on the floor".  There were no other marks or footprints on this dust because there was no dust on the floor. 

A partial footprint with the word HI Tec was found in a spot of efflorescence on the concrete. When you build a concrete foundation, a thin sheet of plastic is placed under the concrete to form a moisture barrier. If there is a hole or tear in the plastic, vapor migrating through the slab will bring soluble salts to the surface of the concrete forming a soft crust at that spot. That is where the partial shoe print was found.


Burke Ramsey has not met with the police and is refusing to meet with the police. He is calming harassment.

September 16, 2016

Twenty years after JonBenét’s death, Burke continues to avoid a police interview but talks about his sister’s death on a TV show. Burke Ramsey appeared on the Dr. Phil Show. During that appearance, Burke said, “I had some toy that I wanted to put together. I remember being downstairs after everyone was in bed”. Amazingly, Dr. Phil gave no follow-up and let Burke’s statement drop.

Presumably, the family arrived home from the White’s Christmas party at nine-thirty and shortly thereafter went to bed. However, we now know that Burke was up late and playing with a toy on the night of the murder. We need to reexamine the time of JonBenét’s death. When did JonBenét Die?

-          On her tombstone, it says she died on December 25. 1996. If that is correct, she died between nine-thirty and midnight.

-          When JonBenét’s body was found, her entire body was in rigor mortis. After death, a body cools until it reaches the temperature of its surroundings. Then, the dead person’s eyelids start to become stiff. Next, their jaw becomes stiff and the stiffness begins to travels down to the body. The arms and legs are the last to reach the stage of rigor mortis. JonBenét’s arms were in full rigor mortis. It is believed that she died sometime after ten o’clock.

-          The ransom note says to have the money ready by ten o’clock tomorrow. That means the ransom note was written before midnight. If the note was written as a part of a cover-up, then JonBenét was already dead.

-          During the autopsy, it was discovered that JonBenét had pineapple in her digestive tract. The forensic examiner was able to determine that JonBenét ate the pineapple at approximately ten-thirty.

The police discovered a bowl of pineapple on the kitchen table. That bowl had both Burke and Patsy’s fingerprints on it. If the forensic examiner’s estimation that JonBenét ate the pineapple at ten-thirty is correct, then it becomes clear that Patsy, Burke, and JonBenét were not in bed, they were up and in the kitchen eating pineapple. JonBenét died between ten-thirty and midnight and at a time Burke admits to being downstairs.

In her book, October Surprise, Barbara Honegger, says that when a theory explains so many acknowledged and otherwise inexplicable facts, it deserves to be classed as a fact itself. The Supreme Court agrees "findings of fact" include " conclusions by way of reasonable inference from the evidence".

The closing on the ransom note was, "Victory SBTC". There is some speculation on what SBTC means. Some believe that it stands for "Subic Bay Training Center", while others believe it stands for "Saved by the Cross". There are people that say Patsy is a true believer in Christ, and for true believers, each time a soul goes to heaven, it is a victory in Christ. Perhaps this is what the author of the ransom note meant: Victory, JonBenét's Soul Belongs to Christ.

The JonBenét Ramsey murder case is at a standstill. Twenty years after the murder, no one has been brought to justice and the possibility exists that no one ever will. Many believe that the statute of limitations is past and no prosecution is possible. However, the cover-up is continuing to this day, so there may be a possibility of an indictment for the cover-up. Also, Burke could be tried as an adult.


A powerful criminal element has attached itself to Lockheed Martin. Shipments to Lockheed Martin arriving from overseas sometimes have illegal drugs included. When the mob sells those drugs, the money they receive must not leave a trail back to them. All criminals that receive a lot of money must find a way to show that the money was earned in a legal manner. This technique is called money laundering.

Lockheed Martin owns a money laundering business called Access Graphics. It is a $1,000,000,000.00 company run by John Ramsey. Immediately after JonBenét’s death, Lockheed Martin swooped down on Boulder and took control of Access Graphics.

All incriminating evidence was removed and Access Graphics was made squeaky-clean. Then, Lockheed Martin sold the company. Access Graphics would never again report a billion dollar income. It slowly went out of business.

JonBenét’s death upset the mob. The manner in which she died could lead investigators to the mobs Christmas party. They were afraid that John Ramsey could be linked to the mob and that may lead to an investigation of Access Graphics. The mob decided that this crime must never be solved and hired lawyers and private investigators to misdirect and confuse the investigation.

In addition, the U.S. government wants Lockheed Martin to be viewed as a respectable company. Government officials do not want it known that organized crime is operating in close proximity to top-secret military weapons. To avoid any disgrace, the U.S. government does not want this crime solved.

Burke Ramsey knows that powerful people are hiding the truth and telling the public that an intruder killed his sister. He knows the truth will never come out and he is safe from discovery. This knowledge gives Burke the freedom to sue for defamation of charter.
Writing ‘the Burke did it’ theory (trials and tribulations). by Troy Cowen

Writing the BDI theory has given me nothing but anguish. I have received criticism, animosity, hate, and threats of a lawsuit. However, my conviction that Burke did it is stronger today than yesterday.

My interest began the day after Christmas, 1996. The news media reported that a six-year-old was bludgeoned to death in her own home. This gruesome news greatly disturbed many people. The inability of the police to solve the crime increased peoples concern and apprehension. The lack of evidence leading to a culprit captivated many people wishing for a resolution.

News accounts were telling us that the police were incompetent and bungled the case. It soon became clear to me that the DA’s office was working against a solution. The police were capable of solving this crime if it were not for their superiors delaying, interfering, and blocking evidence collection. The DA’s office was deliberately misdirecting the police, forcing them into wasting their time. The police had to travel down many dead-end paths when they knew it was an unproductive use of their time.

Like many others, I began reading everything I could on JonBenét’s death. Everyone was a suspect except Burke. It seemed to me that it was a mistake to exclude him. I became an active participant in Jameson’s blog and WebSleuths. Jameson became upset when I proposed that Burke killed JonBenet and she banned me from posting.

I was also an active member at WebSleuths was another blog pretending to be dedicated to solving the JonBenet case. The WebSleuths’ moderator, Patricia Griffith, didn’t like me saying Burke did it. WebSleuths’ position at the time was that Burke didn’t do it and WebSleuths banned me from participating. To my mind, you can’t solve a crime if you arbitrarily remove suspects that invoke your sympathy.

I wrote the ‘Burke did it’ theory and posted it at the Geocities web-hosting site. When Geocities went out of business, they sold the contents of their website to Reocities and I lost control of my theory.

Prior to Geocities going out of business, the Ramsey’s wrote “The Death of Innocence”. In that book, they criticized my website. Shortly thereafter, I received an email from a Ramsey family member who was also critical of my website. Then a strange thing happened, that person sent an email to another Ramsey family member and I got a copy of it. Then something really strange happened, I got a copy of his response. Then, I began receiving copies of emails from many other Ramsey family members. I was getting both sides of the conversation. I was learning a great deal about the Ramsey family. About a month later, the emails suddenly stopped.

About this time, Nancy Krebs came forward and told about her sexual abuse and a possible connection to John Ramsey. She said that the mob was giving a massive party and needed an expert with a garrote. Nancy said that a friend of John Ramsey was able to bring in from California an expert with a garrote and a young girl to be garroted. That young girl was Nancy Krebs'niece.

Then, I received an email from the son of a mobster. This man did not want to follow in his father’s footsteps. He was very upset about his father’s description of a party near Denver. That party occurred shortly before Christmas, 1996. This was a gathering of the West-Coast mob. The party’s purpose was to grant everyone’s sexual desire. The party’s organizers provided girls, boys, men and women for the sexual gratification of the party’s attendees.

With new information about the Ramsey Family, Nancy Krebs’s niece, and the Mob’s Christmas party, I believed I knew what happened to JonBenet. I up-dated the BDI theory and move it to the hosting site.

Now, people began efforts to silence me. My detractors created a letter-writing campaign to get me to remove my theory from the web. I started receiving a lot of hate mail in my inbox. I did a lot of soul-searching and thought of taking my site down. However, I firmly believed that what I had to say needed saying. I kept the site on the internet. When my detractors were not successful at getting me to remove my site, they came up with another approach. If search engines didn’t list my site, no one could find it. It would be almost the same as removing it. They wrote to various search engines and complained that my site was an injustice to a small child. Most search engines stopped listing my site, but not all.

I started receiving emails from Lin Wood. He said that he had important information for me and he would send it to me if I would send him my mailing address. I knew Lin Wood was the Ramsey’s lawyer. Why did he want my mailing address? What information did he have that I would want? I did not respond and shortly thereafter, I received another email. After his second email, I asked him why he wanted my address. He e-mailed the following —


Mr. Cowan:

I want your address so that I can have you served with summons and complaint for your libelous website falsely accusing Burke Ramsey of the murder of his sister. I would assume you are perfectly willing to defend your accusations in a court of law.

If you have any doubt about the authenticity of my e-mail messages to you, please feel free to contact me at my office in Atlanta, 404-522-1713. Thank you.

L. Lin Wood

I knew he needed to sue for a million dollars to make it worth his while and I had never seen anything close to a million dollars. I believed my poverty made me safe from his lawsuit, but he did tie my stomach into knots.

Team Ramsey sued The Globe, The Star, the New York Post,, Court TV, the Windsor House Publishing Group, and detective Steve Thomas. To save money, each settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. Others that believed Burke did it were under the constant threat of a lawsuit from Lin Wood. Soon, there was a total void of anyone with money saying Burke killed JonBenét.

For the past ten years, little has been said about Burke. Twenty years after JonBenét’s death, CBS presented a special that said Burke killed JonBenét. Lin Wood perked up his ears and threatened to sue CBS. This time, I hope the lawsuit will not be settled out of court. I hope for a public hearing where all the evidence will be made available for us to see. If Lin Wood is successful at extracting money from CBS, fear of being sued will give people reason to remain silent and keep ‘the Burke did it’ theories buried.

It appears that the cover-up is ongoing. Therefore, the statute of limitations has not run out and the people involved can still be prosecuted.

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