Quick info about the Duct tape
From PMPT - page 389 hard cover

"After the Quantico meetings, Detectives Thomas and Gosage visited Shurford (sic) Mills in Hickory, North Carolina, the country's largest manufacturer of adhesives. The FBI had determined that the tape allegedly removed from JonBenet's mouth had first been manufactured in November 1996 under the brand name Shurtape. The tape had a 40
percent calcium filler in the adhesive, and its yarn/scrim count of 20/10 helped pinpoint that Bron was the tape's distributor. The black duct tape Thomas purchased from McGuckin in May for the same price that appeared on Patsy Ramsey's sales slip carried the names Shurtape and Bron."

jameson notes: The proper name is Shuford Mills, they are a very prominent family in Hickory. The tape was manufactured just weeks before the murder.
From Steve Thomas' book:

pg 253 hard copy

The investigation of the black duct tape that covered the mouth of JonBenet gave every indication of being just another lost lead when it began shortly after the murder.

Originally we hoped to prove the tape was from the same roll as the pieces found on the back of several portraits in the house. By determining its manufacturer, we might be able to find where it was sold and then track it to the Ramsey house. We already thought that Patsy might have purchased a roll of such tape from McGuckin's.

The FBI lab said that both tape samples, from the mouth and the pictures, were a low grade and of low quality, possibly the Shufford (sic) Mills model PC-600, but they would not call it a match.

In September 1997 Detective Gosage and I visited the Shufford Mills factory in Hickory, North Carolina, and I learned the tape was made in small quantities. IN fact, it comprised only 0.4 percent of the company's product. We determined that it was sold at McGuckin's Hardware.

Shufford MIlls gave us various tapes for testing, the dates when changes were made in yarn and scrim counts, recipes for various adhesives, and the different production periods, all of which we sent back to the FBI. In November 1997 the lab said the pieces of tape came from different production runs and had different yarn counts. Same brand, same type, different production run, therefore different tape. Apparently the end of the road.

A detective also found the Boulder portrait framer, who confirmed that the duct tape on the picture was his and that he bought his tape at McGuckin's. Once again we had spent a year chasing something that led to a dead end. The tape on the picture and the tape on the victim came from two different rolls.
"Once again we had spent a year chasing something that led to a dead end. The tape on the picture and the tape on the victim came from two different rolls."

Maybe if Thomas had not decided ahead of time who was guilty of this crime, he would not have wasted an entire year on yet another piece of evidence that did not fit his theory.  

What an idiot.
There is more to the tape than has been forcefully followed. Thomas and Gosage missed something.

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