What kind of person
(04-05-2017, 04:05 PM)Toth Wrote: "Know" is a term with different meanings. I think as far as Violent Crimes Database-speak goes 'know' means some prior connection with the parents or the kid.

Hi Toth - Long time, no hear!

No, in that database-speak, the relationship is specified or it is "unknown." 

"Unknown" means that the *relationship* is unknown --- could be a stranger or it could be a close relationship that no one knew about --- so some "unknowns" are people who actually did know each other. 

Usually, when the relationship is known, it also does mean "known to each other" thanks to the nature of most such "relationships" : parent-child, uncle-niece, brother-sister, girl-boyfriend, etc. 

For such young children, this is even more true.  For most murdered children of that age, the relationship is known, and the victim and perpetrator can be presumed to know each other because of the nature of such relationships with such young children.  The bottom line is: Given nothing but her age, it is very likely that JonBenet did know her killer, based on these statistics.
From http://www.jameson245.com/doc2usa.htm

NARRATOR - With a growing conviction that the killer was a violent sexual offender who had broken in to the Ramseys home, Smit again returned to Colorado Springs to seek advice.  This time from Bob Russell,  the City's former district attorney.
BOB RUSSELL -  We spent five or six hours going through some of the evidence and the pictures he has and at that time I became convinced that the Ramseys didn't do this.
NARRATOR - Russel's view is widely respected. He's an expert on  violent crimes against children. He was spokesman for the US National District Attorney's Association on the subject.
BOB RUSSEL - Garrotting requires a deliberation, you have to think about it, you have to throw the rope around the neck.   In this particular case you had to create an exact kind of knot, he had to twist the knot, all while that child is still alive. Most of the time that's a sexual kind of killing.
NARRATOR - Russel also believesthat the evidence of a violent  sexual assault on JonBenét points to someone other than her parents.
BOB RUSSEL - Parents don't kill in that manner. They bash, they throw the child down, they hit them on the head and they do things of that nature.   And what makes me believe this is also probably a sexual kind of killing is that there, there is an object that's jammed through the vagina of the child because blood is drawn.    And that's not something a parent does, let alone a mother.
There is reason to believe, and I will not go into the details here, that the killer was left handed. Maybe that will help someone accept that their niggling concern may be a real knowledge.
Traits of JonBenet's Killer
Feature Authors
Annaliese Rohrer
Linda Criddle
Stephen Singular
Robin Sax
Bruce Plasket
Laura Schultz
Patricia Wenskunas
After JonBenet Ramsey was murdered in 1996 authorities, media, psychics and the general public have been all over the board with criminal profiles in sometimes pointed speculation that JonBenet’s killer was a woman, and or a Ramsey. This occurred despite less that 3 weeks after the murder it was established there was male DNA left on JonBenet’s undergarment and that this male DNA did not belong to any of the Ramseys. Twelve years later, leaps in proven technologies, it is broadly recognized this same unidentified male left DNA from 3 of his bodily sources in 4 different locations on JonBenet’s person.
There are signs that someday emerging technologies like forensic molecular photo fitting will produce an image of this evil person. On the path of research and development toward photo fitting and much closer to real life application is the capability of extracting basic personal characteristics and associating the killer’s relatives from DNA. These general characteristic techniques can pinpoint race; height; hair or eye color are now being put through the expected legal, ethical and privacy paces so that once released for appropriate use this information will be of tremendous benefit in creating a verifiable criminal profile in many cases, including JonBenet’s. In the meantime that new task force over at Boulder PD submits weekly the killers DNA profile to CODIS on the chance they may get a match to one of the 7m+ criminals whose DNA profile is contained in CODIS.
Offender profiling, outside what characteristics found in crime scene DNA will eventually tell us, can be a risky business most especially for a layperson. It is not replicable, validated and tested meaning it does not qualify as science in standard. Sort of like handwriting analysis or forensic linguistics. Because these practices are qualitative opinion based methods admissibility of results and expert opinions can be challenged, frequently limited, in state and federal courts. Criminal profiling can be useful investigative tool where it is understood by users that it’s application is subject to unestablished fault and error rates, again like document examination and linguistic stylistics.
Offender profiling by subject matter experts like John Douglas is can be of high investigative value based on education and experience, often a source of clues in a specific crime scene as derived from historical crime conditions and behaviors of known criminals. With that in mind, and somewhat more realistic than attempting to tie guilt to someone wearing the same clothes two days in a row, because there was a sexual element to this crime we may have more hints to ponder about JonBenet’s killer than in 1997–
He is most likely of Caucasian descent
He is now probably at least in his mid-forties
He may be shorter than the average in height
He could be left-handed
In the past, prior to the crime, he might have had a head injury
May prefer alcohol over street drugs
His choice of victim may have been totally random
Is likely to feel he suffered more than the victim; lack of empathy for the victims

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