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    Best books on this case?

    Just wondering, what books do you recommend? I have read 'Perfect Murder, Perfect Town' by Lawrence Schiller and 'JonBenet, Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation' by Steve Thomas. I thought both were very good and thought-provoking. Is the Ramsey's book worth the price? Any others worthy?
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    there's a list of books on the thread below

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20136

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    Quote Originally Posted by close_enough
    there's a list of books on the thread below

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20136
    Thanks, close_enough. I've seen that. I guess I'm asking for which are worth the read.
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    I'd vote for Steve Thomas's as the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljwf22
    Thanks, close_enough. I've seen that. I guess I'm asking for which are worth the read.
    i've read Perfect Murder, Perfect Town and Death of a pRincess. Buy the books you choose to read on ebay as there are a lot of them and they are a heck of a lot cheaper. That is where I bought mine. also it is not so bad, if they are crap reading if you only pay half the price.Besides, that your ebay is sooo cheap. much cheaper than aussie ebay.

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    Start with PMPT if you are American. If you are not American, start with DOI & ST (don't read one without reading the other).

    PMPT refers a lot to the American legal system which non-Americans will fine confusing. I had to read it several times before I figured out who did what to whom.

    Cyril Wecht's book is excellent for helping you understand the autopsy. Linda McLean's bok has lots of nice photos int it but it doesn't discuss the case.

    John Douglas's book only devotes a chapter to the case and there are some errors in that. I'd only recommend reading it if you want to read everything.

    The Ramsey Interview tape book is quite hard going but worth ploughing through once you've read everything else.

    I haven't read Hodges books - seem like mumbo jumbo to me.

    Stephen Singular's book was a big let down. It' is a great read right up until the last chapter when it fizzles out - like there was a powercut just at the bit where Poirot is about to reveal who did it!
    This is only my opinion

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    I just started Steve Thomas' book last night. So far, it's very interesting. The only Ramsey book I've read so far is the one by John and Patsy. The only reason I read it is because I bought it for $1.48 at a bookstore! Anyway, yes, they are/were odd & pretentious people, but I'm just not sure that they could have done this to their child.

    This is why I'm ready Thomas' book to get another perspective. I want to know the details that make people believe the Ramsey's killed their daughter. I plan on reading PMPT afterwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayelles
    Start with PMPT if you are American. If you are not American, start with DOI & ST (don't read one without reading the other).

    PMPT refers a lot to the American legal system which non-Americans will fine confusing. I had to read it several times before I figured out who did what to whom.

    Cyril Wecht's book is excellent for helping you understand the autopsy. Linda McLean's bok has lots of nice photos int it but it doesn't discuss the case.

    John Douglas's book only devotes a chapter to the case and there are some errors in that. I'd only recommend reading it if you want to read everything.

    The Ramsey Interview tape book is quite hard going but worth ploughing through once you've read everything else.

    I haven't read Hodges books - seem like mumbo jumbo to me.

    Stephen Singular's book was a big let down. It' is a great read right up until the last chapter when it fizzles out - like there was a powercut just at the bit where Poirot is about to reveal who did it!
    The Ramsey Interview Tape book? Which book is that?

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    Coming soon

    Quote Originally Posted by ljwf22
    Just wondering, what books do you recommend? I have read 'Perfect Murder, Perfect Town' by Lawrence Schiller and 'JonBenet, Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation' by Steve Thomas. I thought both were very good and thought-provoking. Is the Ramsey's book worth the price? Any others worthy?
    Coming soon.
    The Last Christmas Of Jonbenet Ramsey by Laurence Smith
    http://www.laurencelsmith.com

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    Yeah, but that one's not until December! Damn!

    Oh yes! Tom Miller's book may be available soon! Apparently the renewed case interest has gotten him some deals.


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    Best Books

    The best books are:

    1. Steve Thomas JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey murder Investigation" This book has alot of detail not generally covered in the other books.

    2. Cyril Wecht "Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey" Wecht analyzes the autopsy report in detail and does a forensic analysis of the murder.
    Very good

    3. Lawrence Schiller "Perfect Murder Perfect Town" This was the first book I read and most of the information in it still holds true today.

    I refer to the original editions of the above books.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBR_Justice
    The Ramsey Interview Tape book? Which book is that?
    I love the picture you have up of JonBenet.
    That child was beautiful. When I look at that pic, it breaks my heart, that someone murdered her. I'll never understand it!

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    I liked Presumed Guilty by Stephen Singular. For those who haven't read it, he believes John Ramsey was a pedophile and linked up to a pornography ring in Boulder. He thinks JonBenet was accidentally killed while being molested by her father and Patsy helped cover up the crime.

    btw, I love that picture too. It makes me cry just looking at her. Poor baby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilpony
    I love the picture you have up of JonBenet.
    That child was beautiful. When I look at that pic, it breaks my heart, that someone murdered her. I'll never understand it!
    The pic symbolizes Jonbenet's Innocence & I don't want people to forget her which is why I chose that pic as my siggy.

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    had to search for a thread regarding books about the case.....i ordered two books oooooh, maybe a couple of weeks ago & got them the other day.....i've been reading "A Mother Gone Bad" & it's very interesting...some of the guy's thoughts (Andrew G Hodges...i believe he's a shrink??) seem a bit like grasping, BUT all in all everything i've read is interesting....some things i didn't know about the case like the woman that passed a polygraph that said she had been told that Patsy confessed to some lawyer friend, of killing JBR....

    the way this guy 'breaks down' the ransom note is interesting also...not sure i agree with all of it, but the book has kept me reading, that's for sure.....i've always thought that Patsy wrote the note...there's absolutely nothing that will ever make me think otherwise......

    also ordered & got the book "Death of a Little Princess" but haven't started on it yet....lots more to read of "A Mother Gone Bad".....

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