I know what circumstantial evidence is. My hobby is true crime and has been for over 30 years. I also know you cannot have a plea bargain without the defendant admitting to a crime. Thereby lies the problem. I don't honestly think that using initials instead of the actual name of the R's son would have fooled anyone. This is assuming BR is guilty of course. And in any case what exactly would have been the point in going to trial, or even plea bargaining anyway? The Ramseys did not murder anyone or even hurt their daughter that night. They were simply trying to save their son. It wasn't as if they were hardened criminals who deserved to be severely punished, as some people (on other forums) seem to think.