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    Mark Beckner’s AMA

    Easy to follow cleaned-up version at FFJ
    http://www.forumsforjustice.org/foru...ary-21-22-2015
    Charlie Brennan’s article on the AMA:
    http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boul...et-ramsey-case
    Cached version:
    http://extras.denverpost.com/jonbenetAMA.html
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    I can't think of any logical explanation as to why an intruder would wait 2.5 hours after bludgeoning JonBenet to strangle her.

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    i was wondering if/when a thread would be posted about this most interesting information -- thanks cynic!
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    Oh my! My name is not cynic.

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    What would be some examples of reasonable explanations for where the DNA could come from?

    Is "trace DNA" a small enough amount that it could have come from a person at the clothing factory or at the retail store where the clothing was purchased?

    Is there any way to know what kind of substance the DNA came from -- like was it from semen, blood, dead skin tissue, or something else?

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    [–]MarkBeckner[S] 33 points 3 days ago

    Manufacturing process is one. Interactions with other people is another. Intentional placement is another. Belongs to an intruder is another. Yes, you can often tell where DNA comes from. In this case, it is small enough that it is difficult to tell. CBI thought it was either sweat or saliva.
    so not skin cells then ,interesting info
    cause M.Lacy's theory was that the DNA on the longjohns transferred when the intruder redressed her
    theory goes down the toilet once again

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    Quote Originally Posted by eileenhawkeye View Post
    I can't think of any logical explanation as to why an intruder would wait 2.5 hours after bludgeoning JonBenet to strangle her.
    Sexual assault? Enjoying and savoring.. This is a criminal. There are lots of reasons for a delay but to be honest, no one really knows how long they had with her.
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    Does anybody know if any competitors in her pageants were ever investigated??? We have seen parents go to great lengths for their children to win. Just a thought I recently had.
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    These "intruders" were certainly extremely comfortable in thst house. Getting notepad and pen...writing a practice run...composing the War and Peace of ransom notes. Finding the favorite nightie. Redressing a dead child. Two separate murder attempts.

    Hours of this stuff.

    Up and down the stairs.

    And they never knew when someone might wake up and they might have to hurry out that basement window without disturbing the cobweb.

    This has got to be the most highly trained, regimented, fearless Special Ops of whatever small Foreign Faction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jblfelines View Post
    Does anybody know if any competitors in her pageants were ever investigated??? We have seen parents go to great lengths for their children to win. Just a thought I recently had.
    Beckner said there was no evidence suggesting this. Here is the exchange:

    Q: My young daughter reads mysteries with me and thought perhaps a jilted parent from a previous pageant that lost to Jon Benet could have taken the pad and pen during the open house and written the letter to setup the parents. Out for revenge for a loss, any way this could hold any water? Is it possible the victim knew the killer from a pageant and this was all a movie like setup?

    A: Anything is possible, but we found no evidence to support this.


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    Since several posters have tried unsuccessfully to start a thread to discuss the Reddit Q&A, this must be the one we'll use. (Thank you, cynic.) I'm going to post some of what I think are the more interesting responses from Beckner (that I haven't already posted somewhere else while waiting for this dedicated thread). If anyone cares to discuss... Have at it!

    QUESTION: What was your gut instinct when John Mark Karr confessed to the murder?
    ANSWER: My gut reaction was that Mary Lacy did not know the facts of the case and was making a big mistake. His confession, once they shared it with us, did not match the evidence at the scene. After she asked for our help in proving he did it, we knew in about 18 hours he was not the guy. We were able to confirm he was not even in Colorado at the time by just doing some routine checking and then obtained photos of him in Georgia at the time. The DNA test, which she thought would prove he did it, proved her wrong.

    QUESTION: Could you comment on any personal contact or anecdotes you have of John Mark Karr? Gotta be one of the bigger weirdos you've ever encountered.
    ANSWER: I did not personally interact with him. Too creepy for me.




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    QUESTION: Regarding JonBenet's murder: Is there any information not publicly available that, in your estimation, would be considered "huge" to followers of the case? If so, do you suspect that any of this information could become publicly available in our lifetimes?
    ANSWER: There is some information that is not yet public, but nothing that would be considered huge or definitive. Personally, I would like to see the grand jury transcripts and evidence released to the public so that all the information could be known. Not sure that will happen in my lifetime.

    QUESTION: What is holding up the transcripts and evidence being released?
    ANSWER: Grand Jury secrecy laws in Colorado.


    My question: So is all evidence now being withheld from the public because it was presented to the GJ? If that is true, not any of the evidence will ever be open to public scrutiny.

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    I know this will be an anathema to some here (garlic to a vampire, kryptonite to Superman), but I hope the IDIs and ABARs will try to contain themselves. I'm only passing on what was written by the person who was in charge of those who were investigating the most highly visible murder case in the town's history. These are his responses, and he was in a position to have first-hand knowledge.

    QUESTION: What is your opinion of Lou Smit and his involvement and conclusions in this case?
    ANSWER: Lou was a nice man and very religious. I believe he became emotionally involved with the family and in my opinion this clouded his judgement to the point where he could not accept the possibility that the family was involved. I base this on numerous conversations I had with him. Originally, I wanted to rely on some of Lou's conclusions based on the evidence he was telling me about. More than once, I followed up on the evidence he was using to support his belief and I found it not to be accurate.

    QUESTION: Regarding the intruder theory, can you comment on the point of entry, how and intruder might have gained entry and whether it is plausible?
    ANSWER: Most investigators do not believe there was a legitimate point of entry. It is unknown how an intruder may have gotten in. Lou Smit always believed it was the basement window, but we did not agree with him, as the dust and spider web were undisturbed.

    QUESTION: In 1999, Alex Hunter prohibited by court order the testimony of Lou Smit. Smit had the order overturned. Since they both promoted the intruder theory, why would Hunter not want Smit to testify?
    ANSWER: I'm guessing is that it is because Lou Smit had taken the case public and was misrepresenting some of the evidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by otg View Post
    My question: So is all evidence now being withheld from the public because it was presented to the GJ? If that is true, not any of the evidence will ever be open to public scrutiny.
    It would be interesting to learn if anyone has ever tried to repeal that law. If such an effort were successful, one would hope it would apply retroactively. I'm not holding my breath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by otg View Post
    QUESTION: Regarding JonBenet's murder: Is there any information not publicly available that, in your estimation, would be considered "huge" to followers of the case? If so, do you suspect that any of this information could become publicly available in our lifetimes?
    ANSWER: There is some information that is not yet public, but nothing that would be considered huge or definitive. Personally, I would like to see the grand jury transcripts and evidence released to the public so that all the information could be known. Not sure that will happen in my lifetime.

    QUESTION: What is holding up the transcripts and evidence being released?
    ANSWER: Grand Jury secrecy laws in Colorado.


    My question: So is all evidence now being withheld from the public because it was presented to the GJ? If that is true, not any of the evidence will ever be open to public scrutiny.
    While grand jury proceedings are done in secret, evidence presented to a grand jury is not then unusable. Evidence used to present the case to the grand jury is then used again if a trial is held. Certainly, if you use the evidence in a GJ you don't lose it forever to the public.

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