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    Broken Window - to stage or not to stage?

    There has been a lot of discussion about the broken window in the basement, particularly surrounding why JR didn't tell police about it when he saw it earlier in the morning. While I, personally, find that strange, I just recently thought of a scenario to explain that behavior. They are both intertwined into a theory that implicates JR in the crime, so if you don't agree with that, you may not want to read further. But assuming that you can accept that, or at least hypothesize about that, please read on, and let me know what you think of this possible scenario...

    In trying to reconstruct the events of that morning as I understand them, something stuck out as somewhat unusual. Right after JR and FW were sent to search the house one more time and right before JR discovered JB's body, JR brought the broken window to FW's attention. They went down to the basement, and John showed Fleet the broken window, and he explained how he had broken it a while back to get in the house when he had lost his keys.

    My new theory involves JR laying the groundwork for his plan just before the discovery of the body. Perhaps, when JR noticed the window earlier in the day, he thought it would be a perfect way to suggest an intruder, but if he had pointed it out then, the police would have thoroughly inspected the area, and would have known that no intruder came in that window on the night of the 25th. As has been suggested, the perp usually does not discover the body, and they probably do not usually point out staging they created either. JR had hoped that someone else would discover the window, and someone else would discover the body, but his plan was not working. Nobody was taking the bait.

    So JR took it upon himself to show FW the window. Plant the seed, if you will. Then moments later, as he runs upstairs with JB's body, he's hoping FW will mention the broken window and think that somebody broke into the house. Now you have a crime scene that is contaminated, and a possible entry/exit point for an intruder that has also been somewhat contaminated by JR and FW picking up glass and poking around.

    While this is just one possible scenario, I think that it is clear that whoever committed this crime thought long and hard about how to cover their tracks. There were no fingerprints, there was the wiping of the body, and it has taken 8 years to get a DNA sample with the minimum number of markers for the CODIS system. While the killing may not have been planned, once it happened, heavy planning was done. The long ransom note was a giant diversionary tactic. However, assuming JR is involved, my above suggestions can make good sense.

    JR envisioned how it would all go down. Plan one may have been let the police arrive, wait for the phone call, and when it doesn't come, they will leave. Then, the body could be disposed of, never to be seen again. Plan two may have been to let the body be discovered as well as the broken window, but by 1pm the police were not seeing the clues that JR had dropped in the basement, and so JR had to do the dirty work himself. So, he led FW to the basement, pointed out the window, and moments later, discovered JB.

    This is just my opinion. While I have a few theories, they all have some kind of hole. The window issue has always bothered me, but this seems to make sense. Comments...?


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    Did they ever check to see how recently the window was broken?


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    Quote Originally Posted by tipper
    Did they ever check to see how recently the window was broken?
    I'm not sure exactly how they could/would go about doing that. However, what they should've done, and I have not heard anything with regards to this, is to check whether it was fixed after John originally broke it. JR and PR were both so vague about when it was broken and/or when/whether it was fixed, I would think this could be looked into. They could check credit cards/receipts/bank accounts for payment to a glass company or a contractor to install a new window. They both plead ignorance on the issue, but if it was fixed, there would be a record of it somewhere, and there would even be a worker somewhere who could testify that he fixed it.

    My translation: JR broke the window a long time ago, and it was never fixed. It has nothing to do with the crime.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Voice of Reason
    I'm not sure exactly how they could/would go about doing that. However, what they should've done, and I have not heard anything with regards to this, is to check whether it was fixed after John originally broke it. JR and PR were both so vague about when it was broken and/or when/whether it was fixed, I would think this could be looked into. They could check credit cards/receipts/bank accounts for payment to a glass company or a contractor to install a new window. They both plead ignorance on the issue, but if it was fixed, there would be a record of it somewhere, and there would even be a worker somewhere who could testify that he fixed it.

    My translation: JR broke the window a long time ago, and it was never fixed. It has nothing to do with the crime.
    My impression is it's fairly simple. One checks the weathering and accumulation of dirt etc on the broken edge. They should also have been able to check if it was broken from the outside in or inside out.

    Didn't John say he broke it in the summer when the rest were away? What I remember (and could well be wrong) is Patsy saying somewhere Merv was going to fix it.

    A new break, done that night, would have the broken bits of glass still around.


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    The window was taken into evidence by police.

    Officer French went down to the basement to look for POINTS OF ENTRY. He made no mention of the broken window.

    Fleet White went down to the basement soon after arriving. He did see the broken window and bent down and picked up a couple of shards of glass. He made no mention of the broken window.

    John Ramsey went down to the basement between 7am-9am. He noticed the broken window...closed and latched the window. He made no mention of the broken window.

    WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT is GETTING TO THE ROOM with the broken window. The entrance door to the room had a CHAIR leaning against it.

    NOBODY MENTIONED THAT!
    ...We have said to ourselves, look, there is never going to be a victory in this, there is no victory...John Ramsey: 6/24/98


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    Quote Originally Posted by tipper
    Did they ever check to see how recently the window was broken?
    Tipper,

    That's exactly what I was going to ask.

    In one of the interviews that PR gave (can't remember which one at the moment) she said she cleaned up all the glass very good because the kids always played down there. She even had the maid vaccuum up after her to get all remaiing small pieces. But after many months,FW is still pickng up shards of glass? Is this correct?

    JR closing and latching the window is very strange.Why didn't he leave it the way it was? Even if JR rationalized that that was a a broken window from a prior time,wouldn't you still leave it as is,and report it ... most people would.He made sure not to touch the ransom note,and read it on the floor instead of picking it up.

    One more thing ... JR said the window was broken a few months ago,PR agrees it was broken a few months ago ... can any one else state with certainty that it was broken few months ago.Also as an aside: Why would people with that kind of money,not bother to fix it?

    Just a few things that make you say .... hmmm.


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    The Chair

    Quote Originally Posted by Toltec
    Officer French went down to the basement to look for POINTS OF ENTRY. He made no mention of the broken window.

    Fleet White went down to the basement soon after arriving. He did see the broken window and bent down and picked up a couple of shards of glass. He made no mention of the broken window.

    John Ramsey went down to the basement between 7am-9am. He noticed the broken window...closed and latched the window. He made no mention of the broken window.

    WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT is GETTING TO THE ROOM with the broken window. The entrance door to the room had a CHAIR leaning against it.

    NOBODY MENTIONED THAT!
    Maybe that chair provides answers here:

    Maybe the first cop didn't even go into the train room because the chair prevented the train-room door from being a point of intruder entry or exit.

    Maybe White didn't mention the window for the same reason: because the chair made it clear that no intruder could have entered or exited there and therefore White figured the window wasn't related to the "intrusion"... yet he, at that very early point, was searching the basement thinking maybe the kids were playiing games and/or JB was just hiding or something like that.

    Maybe the stager put the chair there deliberately in an attempt to close off the train room (one whole section of the basement) and lead the cops and/or visiting friends more directly to the body -- to streamline the path to the body -- so that it would be found very quickly. Unfortunately for the stager, this didn't happen.

    As for the broken window, it may have been staged before the stager(s) decided it was better to have the body found quickly, reduce possible staging evidence and end the drama as soon as possible -- hoping to avoid excruciating waiting, prevent FBI interference (by turning the kidnapping into a homicide), and get themselves on their private plane and out of Dodge asap. OR perhaps the broken window was related to the blow that hit JB's head and the stager tried to close off that line of inquiry by blocking the door with the chair.


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    Did anyone ever ask the Ramseys WHO put that chair there up against the door to the train room?
    One of them had to have done that.
    Could have been an innocent act of just setting the chair aside out of the way in the hallway for some reason. Could have been done by any of the Ramseys or Linda Pugh days before the murder for that matter.
    Probably had nothing at all to do with the crime itself.
    But one thing it DOES show - there was NO intruder that exited from that broken window.
    It's just shameful that Lou Smit KNOWS this fact of the door pushed up against the door to that room - and yet chooses to IGNORE that fact to peddle his stupid intruder theory.
    How dumb does he think people are not to notice that?

    If it weren't for the ransom note that I believe Patsy Ramsey indeed wrote, I would wonder if John Ramsey was in fact the sole stager after he stumbled upon what Burke had done to his sister thereby sparing his fragile wife of what really happened.
    But - the note does exist and has Patsy all over it. In more ways than handwriting that cannot be eliminated by her.
    This post is my opinion.


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    Quote Originally Posted by K777angel
    Did anyone ever ask the Ramseys WHO put that chair there up against the door to the train room?
    I can't answer your question directly, but if I had to guess, they would answer..."I don't know."


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    Quote Originally Posted by K777angel
    Did anyone ever ask the Ramseys WHO put that chair there up against the door to the train room?
    One of them had to have done that.
    Could have been an innocent act of just setting the chair aside out of the way in the hallway for some reason. Could have been done by any of the Ramseys or Linda Pugh days before the murder for that matter.
    Probably had nothing at all to do with the crime itself.
    But one thing it DOES show - there was NO intruder that exited from that broken window.
    It's just shameful that Lou Smit KNOWS this fact of the door pushed up against the door to that room - and yet chooses to IGNORE that fact to peddle his stupid intruder theory.
    How dumb does he think people are not to notice that?

    If it weren't for the ransom note that I believe Patsy Ramsey indeed wrote, I would wonder if John Ramsey was in fact the sole stager after he stumbled upon what Burke had done to his sister thereby sparing his fragile wife of what really happened.
    But - the note does exist and has Patsy all over it. In more ways than handwriting that cannot be eliminated by her.
    "I would wonder if John Ramsey was in fact the sole stager"

    Why would Patsy construct a ransom note outlining a kidnap scenario unless she was already aware of JonBenet's death and was engaged in evidential staging?

    Could it be that Patsy had already discovered JonBenet dead upstairs and the ransom note was her attempt at explaining away JonBenet's death.

    Then she moved JonBenet to the basement, someone did, then did John decide to relocate her to the wine-cellar adding the staging that conforms to that of a sadistic lust homicide. Since obviously with her body dead in the house, its not a kidnapping case!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Britt
    Maybe that chair provides answers here:

    Maybe the first cop didn't even go into the train room because the chair prevented the train-room door from being a point of intruder entry or exit.

    Maybe White didn't mention the window for the same reason: because the chair made it clear that no intruder could have entered or exited there and therefore White figured the window wasn't related to the "intrusion"... yet he, at that very early point, was searching the basement thinking maybe the kids were playiing games and/or JB was just hiding or something like that.

    Maybe the stager put the chair there deliberately in an attempt to close off the train room (one whole section of the basement) and lead the cops and/or visiting friends more directly to the body -- to streamline the path to the body -- so that it would be found very quickly. Unfortunately for the stager, this didn't happen.

    As for the broken window, it may have been staged before the stager(s) decided it was better to have the body found quickly, reduce possible staging evidence and end the drama as soon as possible -- hoping to avoid excruciating waiting, prevent FBI interference (by turning the kidnapping into a homicide), and get themselves on their private plane and out of Dodge asap. OR perhaps the broken window was related to the blow that hit JB's head and the stager tried to close off that line of inquiry by blocking the door with the chair.
    Britt:
    You make some good points here, I tend to think those that looked assumed, given the size of the window, it was probably not a point of exit or entrance for an intruder. But considering that it may have played some role. I wonder if it was used to pass forensic evidence back out?


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    I wonder why ST's book specifically says the door to the train room was open.


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    Steve Thomas wasn't there, his input is often "off".
    The window should be an easy assessment, if it was broken in the summer, very little glass should have been there, most would have been vacuumed or cleaned up long before Christmas. If all of the glass from the break was there, then sure, it was recently broken.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tipper
    I wonder why ST's book specifically says the door to the train room was open.

    tipper,

    Steve Thomas said the door to the train room was open because the door to the train room WAS open. The door was open when Officer French went down there around 6:05 AM; and it was open when Fleet White went down there about 15 minutes later. JOHN is the only one who said the door was closed and blocked by a chair. John booted it when he let it slip during the interview that he had to move the chair.

    John's unintended comment proves John was in the train room BEFORE Officer French and Fleet White. IOW, John had been in the train room prior to the 911 call at 5:52 AM because in his own words he said he had to move the chair from in front of the door before he could enter the room. Once the chair had been moved, it stayed moved. Officer French made no note of the chair because it wasn't in the way when he checked the train room at 6:05 AM. Likewise with Fleet White at 6:20 AM. John booted it big time with his unintended remark about moving the chair. John lied to the cops about what time he was in the train room.

    Please remember that the events of that whole morning were based on a lie as revealed by the final four seconds of the 911 tape, which proved Burke was downstairs talking to the parents when Patsy made the call. The chair thing also proves the Ramseys lied and were actually up and about long before the 911 call and clearly hours earlier than they stated to the cops.

    The BPD is well aware of the endless stream of Ramsey lies, and it's the reason the cops must keep the Ramseys under that "umbrella of suspicion". The media has been misled and they are wrong in their current conspiratorial efforts in conjunction with the D.A.'s office and the courts in trying to ram a convoluted intruder theory down the throats of the public.

    BlueCrab


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    wow ... once again BC ... great post!


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