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    The Skull Fracture

    I didn't really follow this case for the past 10 years so maybe I'm missing something. Here's my question:

    How can the theory be supported that the murder was to cover up an accident and/or familial abuse? The skull fracture occurred first, but there was no cut. The killer could not possibly have known the extent of the head injury unless he happened to have a CAT scan machine in his pocket. She may have been unconscious, but a reasonable person might think that she had a concussion and would survive.

    But this killer went ahead and strangled her, with a garrote no less. Somebody really, really wanted her to be good and dead.

    I have seen somewhere a theory that the skull fracture may have occurred in the bathtub when Patsy was cleaning her up. Then she flipped out and committed the murder to cover up the accident and supposed abuse. Huh? The signs of abuse are apparently somewhat debateable and might not have been discovered if there wasn't a murder investigation. Why would Patsy leave blood on the body and undies if she was covering up the abuse?

    I have always been on the fence and still am, but the skull fracture confuses me. I had never realized how huge it was, yet totally invisible.

    I come to the conclusion that there was no accident in the whole thing and that she was deliberately and brutally murdered simply because somebody wanted her to be dead and set about to make that happen by whatever means necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luthersmama
    a reasonable person might think that she had a concussion and would survive.
    Reasonable is the operative word.

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    Or it was thought she had broken her neck.

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    Hereīs the problem

    "a reasonable person might think that she had a concussion and would survive."

    IMO thatīs exactly what the parents thought. They did not see the fracture so they thought she was knocked out and would come to any minute. There probably was a large bump on JBīs head so they may have placed ice packs on the bump trying to control the swelling. But she was breathing and there was hope.

    However the parents with their children had to be at the airport to fly to Minnesota early in the morning. Everyone knew they were to leave in the morning. How would they explain JB being unconscious on the plane trip? If they decided to stay home because JB "was sick", how would they explain JBīs condition if she stayed in the coma for a few days or a week? Around 4:00 or 5:00 AM they must have realized JB was in a coma and they or no one could predict when she would come out of it.

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    I agree that killing to cover up an accident doesn't really seem the most probable scenario.

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    What 'experts' said the head blow came first and what 'experts' say the strngualtion came first? I wish we had one definitive answer we could agree on and then go from there.

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    With regard to the initial post, I would also like to know how it is that such a big fracture could occur with no visible trauma/bleeding of the scalp.

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    There is no clear answer as to whether the strangulation came first or the head wound......different experts differ.

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    How that skull fracture happened is the mystery here.
    Some think it was caused by the maglite.

    I wonder if JB, after eating the pineapple, was put to bed, and when left alone, decided to do a little weaving on the loom. Perhaps PR caught her, and became angry. Could she have hit her with the loom, or something else that was near the bed that would have caused such an injury? I can't remember the pictures of JB's bedroom, but I remember it was crammed full - may have been something there that was
    used to hit her on the head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luthersmama
    I didn't really follow this case for the past 10 years so maybe I'm missing something. Here's my question:

    How can the theory be supported that the murder was to cover up an accident and/or familial abuse? The skull fracture occurred first, but there was no cut. The killer could not possibly have known the extent of the head injury unless he happened to have a CAT scan machine in his pocket. She may have been unconscious, but a reasonable person might think that she had a concussion and would survive.

    But this killer went ahead and strangled her, with a garrote no less. Somebody really, really wanted her to be good and dead.

    I have seen somewhere a theory that the skull fracture may have occurred in the bathtub when Patsy was cleaning her up. Then she flipped out and committed the murder to cover up the accident and supposed abuse. Huh? The signs of abuse are apparently somewhat debateable and might not have been discovered if there wasn't a murder investigation. Why would Patsy leave blood on the body and undies if she was covering up the abuse?

    I have always been on the fence and still am, but the skull fracture confuses me. I had never realized how huge it was, yet totally invisible.

    I come to the conclusion that there was no accident in the whole thing and that she was deliberately and brutally murdered simply because somebody wanted her to be dead and set about to make that happen by whatever means necessary.

    luthersmama,

    Some people think her death was not intended, i.e. it was the result of some kind of rage.

    So its possible that while Jonbenet was being manually strangled the force of this caused her head to hit some household object, alternatively immediately after being strangled she fell down injuring her head as she fell?

    The above is what I would describe as the charitable explanation, since it portrays her death as a sequence of unintended consequences.

    Head bashing is the method of choice of most predators, its what they do to disable their victim. Was it Ted Bundy who used a plaster cast? If an intruder did it, then it would probably come first in the attack sequence.

    Previously JonBenet had suffered a head injury. Burke accidently whacked her with a golf-club, on this occassion she was immediately transferred to a hospital for medical attention.

    So if her head injury came first and it was accidental then there is no reason not to call for medical assistance.

    So with no call to the hospital, and no intruder its safe to assume that unless a Ramsey deliberately delivered a head blow first, that it did not occur first in the sequence.

    A scenario to consider is JonBenet being manually strangled say on top of a bed, once she is dead her killer tries to move the body, pulling her by the ankles which results in her head hitting the floor?

    Another scenario to consider is that the head bash is part of the staging, after manually strangling her, the stager placed a garrote around her neck, and whacked her on the head with say the flashlight, the violence intended to deflect blame away from the residents?

    Its notable that JonBenet's first staging was probably that reflecting a sexual predator, which incorporated a sexual assault, so postmortem injury is part of her killer's mindset.


    I have seen somewhere a theory that the skull fracture may have occurred in the bathtub when Patsy was cleaning her up. Then she flipped out and committed the murder to cover up the accident and supposed abuse. Huh? The signs of abuse are apparently somewhat debateable and might not have been discovered if there wasn't a murder investigation. Why would Patsy leave blood on the body and undies if she was covering up the abuse?
    The blood spots on her size-12 underwear do not match any blood smears on her genitalia, which suggest she was wiped down after being redressed, probably not by Patsy.

    Patsy's initial response may have been to create a crime-scene that mirrored that of a sexual assault by a predator, this would include adding the garrote, and penetrating JonBenet either digitally or using the remaining end of the paintbrush handle, whether JonBenet was indecently posed or redressed in her size-6 underwear is open to debate?

    Later John removed the bloodied size-6 underwear including the remaining piece of the paintbrush handle. Using the size-6 underwear to wipe her down, he then redressed her in the size-12 underwear?

    Alternatively it was John who faked the sexual assault, then wiped her down, adding the duct tape, and wrist loops etc?

    JonBenet was wiped down, redressed in the size-12's, and a fake garrote applied, along with the duct tape and wrist loops, so its patently the case that the wine-cellar is a staged crime-scene.

    And you do not stage a crime-scene to hide an accident, since an accident can be explained away in any manner you wish, particularly if the victim is dead!



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    Quote Originally Posted by UKGuy
    And you do not stage a crime-scene to hide an accident, since an accident can be explained away in any manner you wish, particularly if the victim is dead!
    This is one of the only things I've read all day that makes any sense.

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    Originally Posted by UKGuy
    And you do not stage a crime-scene to hide an accident, since an accident can be explained away in any manner you wish, particularly if the victim is dead!
    Not necessarily. It depends on what is meant by "accident". If it was an act of rage it would be a manslaughter charge, and I seriously doubt the Ramseys see much difference between that and a murder charge... both require jail time.

    Even if it was an accident where JBR slipped in the tub, fell and cracked her head, it still doesn't mean that the parents would not be worried that LE might think it didn't happen that way. Parents always worry that if their child gets hurt in an innocent manner someone may believe the injuries occurred in a sinister way... particularly when there are no witnesses.

    If it was an innocent accident injury, there's still no way of knowing how the parents would react. It's evident the Ramseys are strange and narcissistic people... who knows what they're capable of even in a situation where such serious injuries occurs as an innocent accident.

    Whoever staged the crime clearly believed that the blow to the head was so serious that it did or would cause her death. I would imagine that a fracture that large and severe would have made a hideous sound. Perhaps JBR made horrible noises or went into convulsions. Whatever happened, it's evident that the blow to the head was so severe that it caused her death as according to the experts... without the strangulation they believe she would have died from the head injury anyway. They are of the belief that she would have died from EITHER the head injury OR the strangulation... so effectively she was killed twice.

    Personally, through the physical evidence I believe the blow to the head came first followed very soon after by the strangulation, which was either meant to finish her off or just purely for staging purposes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKGuy
    Previously JonBenet had suffered a head injury. Burke accidently whacked her with a golf-club, on this occassion she was immediately transferred to a hospital for medical attention.
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    I really don't think this incident is at all comparable to the fatal head blow. The glof club incident caused a black eye that was all. Most people would not go to the hospital at all for that. PR even took JB to a plastic surgeon to look at that eye.

    Now what would she do if JB was comatose showing no signs of life after maybe several hours. The final ligature could actually been a mercy killing.

    Another thought along the mercy killing line,
    if JB was molested and PR found out maybe she thought, 'lets save her from this and take JB with me to heaven'. PR might thought she was about to die from the cancer and maybe she had her own scars from being molested.

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    How do you explain away an eight-inch fracture? Parents would be arrested.

    The impact of the blow was at the back of the right side of her skull...crushed that part of the skull, causing an eight-inch fracture. The force of the blow was powerful. No accident there.

    Remember the brick taken into evidence? It had hairs on it but we do not know who's hair it was....same with the baseball bat, hairs on that too.

    If it was Burke who bashed JonBenet on the head, then it would make alot of sense for him to open the Butlers pantry door and throw the bat outside. That's what a kid would do. Then he would run upstairs and feign sleep.
    ...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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    Hmmm

    Quote Originally Posted by leighl
    With regard to the initial post, I would also like to know how it is that such a big fracture could occur with no visible trauma/bleeding of the scalp.


    IF IF the artists rendering of JonBenet on autopsy table is correct there was a very LARGE pony tale that emanated at where I suspect the BLOW landed, and cushioned the skin.

    A mighty blow!!!!!! Someone very STRONG had to deliver it, IF IF the artist drawing is accurate.

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