I disagree with ST's theory that JR became aware of the situation later in the morning. I believe that JR became aware of the head bash much earlier than ST theorizes. I think the entire IDI was JR's idea and that he directed the staging. Certainly PR did not direct the staging IMO as she would have been an emotional wreck over her severely wounded/dying daughter. And of course BR did not direct the staging. That leaves one person.
PR would be in a total panic and would not know what to do in the situation you give. She would immediately wake up JR. She would not keep that secret from her husband. Just think about that and you will realize there would be no reason for her to do that and it would be totally against her character. She would seek help from JR.
No, JR directed the entire staging. PR did what she was told to do by JR to assist in the staging. She aided in the staging at the direction of her husband.
As I was reading on another site yesterday, I came across an article that said BR received junior golf clubs for Christmas. They were in the basement with a tag seen on them, and a large purple bow. Remember that PR used purple in her decorating that year. I don't know if these golf clubs played a part in this or not.
Sometime ago I presented a scenario, which could have happened. What if the head bash was done by BR, and when he couldn't get a response from JB, he went and got his parents.
What If he told them he and JB were fooling around and she fell, and he couldn't wake her.
Even if he did the head bash, they could still think it an accident. Maybe PR went first to his aid, and seeing that the garrote wasn't working they called JR, and he ended JB's life. That could be why his robe was over the chair in the family room.
The fibers from PR' s jacket indicate that she was partly involved in using the garrote.
BR may have know a lot about knot making, as he sailed with his Father, and he was a Boy Scout. He could have done both the head bash, and the garrote, and said they were playing kitty, and later JB fell and wouldn't wake up. My former theory was that BR could have done it all and the parents believed him when he said it was an accident. There was a fireplace poker in the basement. Could that have been the head bash weapon?
One or both of the parents could have wrapped JB in the blanket, but PR would most likely to know that blanket was in the basement dryer. I believe all the lies, and obscuring the investigation were done to protect one person, their Son.
At the end of the day, these are my thoughts, too. The ONLY person they would protect together is their son. Not one of his sons, not himself, not Patsy. Only Burke. In the ST book there is a bit about the 911 call and how Burke can be heard saying 'what DID you find?' This could still fit with BDI. He was referring to the note, which was being put together by his parents, hears his mother on the phone saying they found a note and was like 'what did you find?" They all already knew about jonbenet, he wasn't referring to her, just the note. My Mom and I debate this all the time and she always ends up winning. They would only protect Burke.
And IF BDI the timing would make so much sense, her mother had her in the school before holidays performing for her peers, between that and her pageant stuff I could so see B feeling the lack of attention and lashing out in some way, not necessarily wanting or meaning to hurt her.
I'm not familiar with the density or strength of wooden paintbrushes. Would it have been difficult for a woman to break such a short length of wood between her hands?Personally for me, the photos of the garrote and how it is tightly and neatly tied around the handle of the paintbrush strike me as being done by someone that understands knots, rope, and is strong. I don't see PR or BR being that person but from all accounts JR fits the bill.
Interesting question, I hadn't considered this before. You might be interested in reading through the discussion linked below...I'm not familiar with the density or strength of wooden paintbrushes. Would it have been difficult for a woman to break such a short length of wood between her hands?
Thanks, Mama, for finding that thread. I was going to see if I could locate it when I found the time, but you already found it. A couple of points about Cynics and Elles experiments with breaking a paintbrush...Interesting question, I hadn't considered this before. You might be interested in reading through the discussion linked below...
I was thinking of the (notable) difference in hand/wrist strength between men and women, and how easy the garrote might be for JR to make versus PR.My personal opinion is that a woman or a child would find it difficult (but not entirely impossible) to break the short lengths of wood (longer sections would allow more leverage than shorter). Men seem to learn (or inherently understand) ways around such obstacles (leaning it across and elevated edge and stepping on it, sticking one end in a tight space and applying pressure, etc.).