Thanks for coming and joining in our discussion leading up to the 6 part docu-series on CBS about the JonBenet Ramsey case. The show starts on Sept 18th. Let's put these two pieces of evidence to bed quickly, shall we? It's the weekend, nobody wants to work very hard, so let's dispel two pieces of evidence in the case. The Ramsey felt the Hi-Tech boot print and the palm print in the basement pointed to an intruder. Below is an article from the Rocky Mountain News from 2002. We can't link to it so I have to put the whole article in the post. I've highlighted in blue what you need to know about the boot print and the palm print in the basement. Steve Thomas said the following in a chat on ABC's Good Morning America in 2000: "Let me address the Hi-Tec first. What people had not known previously is that I don't believe that everyone who was in the house on the 26th of December was properly identified. There were firemen, paramedics, rescue personnel, uniformed police officers, detectives, undercover narcs, sergeants, FBI and others that the year after the fact, we were still unsure as to who all was in the house that day. There is a strong argument to suggest that the Hi-Tec boot print may have been left by a sightseeing police officer who later did not come forward. Additionally, Hi-Tec is one of the most popular brands of footwear worn by cops." http://www.acandyrose.com/s-evidence-prints-hand-foot.htm My fingers feel like the dentist missed my mouth with the lidocaine and shoved it in my fingers. Interestingly, my fingers are starting to drool like my mouth does when it's full of lidocaine. This is a sign I need to stop typing. Feel free to add to this post. We have some great days coming up on the 12 Days of JonBenet including the day we discuss the Ransom Note. We have something very special planned for you. Rocky Mountain News (CO) August 23, 2002 Section: City Desk/Local Edition: Final Page Number: 4A RAMSEY EVIDENCE IS EXPLAINED Charlie Brennan ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS Copyright 2002 ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS Investigators have answered two vexing questions in the JonBenet Ramsey case that have long helped support the theory that an intruder killed her, according to sources close to the case. The answers, which have been known to investigators for some time but never publicly revealed, could be seen to weaken the intruder theory. The two clues are: * A mysterious Hi-Tec boot print in the mold on the floor of the Ramseys' wine cellar near JonBenet's body has been linked by investigators to Burke, her brother, who was 9 at the time. It is believed to have been left there under circumstances unrelated to JonBenet's murder. Burke, now 15, has repeatedly been cleared by authorities of any suspicion in the 1996 Christmas night slaying, and that has not changed. * A palm print on the door leading to that same wine cellar, long unidentified, is that of Melinda Ramsey, JonBenet's adult half-sister. She was in Georgia at the time of the murder. ``They were certainly some things that had to be answered, one way or the other, and we feel satisfied that they are both answered,'' said a source close to the case, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. L. Lin Wood, the attorney representing the Ramseys, who now live in Atlanta, doesn't debate the palm print findings. But he contends the police have not answered the Hi-Tec print mystery. ``Burke Ramsey does not and has never owned a pair of quote, unquote, trademarked Hi-Tec sneakers that the Ramseys are aware of,'' Wood said. ``I would think they know what shoes he has owned.'' Wood said the two most important pieces of forensic evidence in the case are unidentified male DNA foundin the girl's underwear and the bizarre 2 1/2-page ransom note, whose author has never been determined. ``I represent innocent clients,'' Wood said. ``There has been a history since December of 1996 of anonymous law enforcement officials in Boulder, Colorado, leaking information to the media, which, in most cases, turns out to be either false or grossly distorted. ``So I would put no weight, whatsoever, on anonymous information coming out of the Boulder Police Department. Zero.'' But the source said that connecting the palm print to Melinda Ramsey was something that occurred belatedly, only because the first time her print sample was compared with the questioned print, the person making the comparison didn't properly see the match. As for the footprint in the wine cellar, the source said, ``We know Burke had a pair of Hi-Tec shoes.'' JonBenet, a 6-year-old star of child beauty pageants and the youngest of John and Patsy Ramsey's two children, was found murdered in the basement of her family's Boulder home Dec. 26, 1996, about seven hours after her mother reported finding a ransom note demanding $118,000 for her safe return. Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner refused Thursday to discuss any single piece of evidence in the beating and strangling death of JonBenet. But he said in the 5 1/2 years since the murder, police have continued to seek solutions to ``a number of evidentiary items'' that represented questions in need of answers. ``We have been able to answer questions about many of the pieces of evidence, and we hope that, over time, as we continue to go over them piece by piece, that we will be able to solve the puzzle,'' Beckner said. In their book about their daughter's murder, The Death of Innocence, the Ramseys list seven pieces of evidence they consider significant to the case - the palm print and the Hi-Tec print are numbers six and seven. In that book, John Ramsey wrote, ``Next to JonBenet's body, the killer, I believe, left a clear footprint made by the sole of a Hi-Tec hiking shoe, from the area at the heel where the brand name was stamped.'' Writing about the palm print, John Ramsey concedes it might prove to belong to someone with a benign reason for being in the basement. ``At the same time,'' he adds, ``it could be an important clue.'' Meanwhile, Wood said that Patsy Ramsey is making progress in her treatment for a recurrence of cancer, diagnosed Feb. 12. ``She completed her six-month course of chemotherapy in June, and obviously is still recovering from the side effects of that treatment,'' Wood said. ``But all in all, she's doing well. I just saw her today. She looks good. She looks very strong and optimistic, and so far, everything looks good on the follow-up exams.'' INFOBOX ### Basically the boot print cannot be sized nor can it be dated. It is a common boot for law enforcement. Maybe Burke did own a pair. What matters is the fact that the boot print has nothing to do with the case but you will still hear Ramsey spin team members bring it up like it is a legit piece of evidence. It is not. The palm print belonged to John Ramsey's older daughter. End of story.