There are many reasons why, nearly twenty years after the fact, the tragic death of six year old Jon Benet Ramsey still attracts so much interest. There is the lurid child beauty pageant element of course, and the fact it occurred on Christmas night, in her own home. But the enduring mystery is one that afficionados of closed room cases find so compelling; four people entered the house that night, and the next day only three remained alive. I was attracted to the case almost immediately, primarily because of the disingenuous behavior of her parents. They seemed so insincere, so non- grieving, particularly mother Patsy Ramsey. When I learned about what transpired that morning, I became incredulous that they hadn't been arrested. I felt then, and still strongly believe that any middle class or poor parents, in the same situation, would have jailed the moment the body of their child was discovered in the basement of their home. The ridiculous, rambling ransom note alone proves that the parents were involved in some way, because it has mother Patsy's figurative, if not literal, fingerprints all over it. Simply put it, Patsy wrote the note. Which means that she participated, in some way, in the death of her daughter. The question is- what was her role? Did she somehow kill JBR, accidentally or in a fit of rage? Or was she covering up for one of the other two members of her family? There are powerful indications that the parents weren't acting as worried or grieving parents would be expected to act that morning. We have heard how Patsy peered between her fingers, to see if the officer was looking at her. We know that the 10 o'clock time described in the ransom note came and went without then showing any concern, or even appearing to notice. We know that JR disappeared for at least some period of time, ostensibly (and ludicrously) for the purpose of "checking the mail." The fact that JR was arranging a flight to Atlanta barely a half hour after his little daughter's body was found should alarm any researcher. That is conduct so outlandish as to be nearly incomprehensible. Son Burke's behavior is similarly problematic. He appears not to have been affected by his sister's death at all, simply wanting to play his Nintendo game and supposedly said "beep beep" when his sister was mentioned by the Whites. He also told the psychiatrist who questioned him that he was "getting on with his life," which is just as strange a response for a barely ten year old child. No matter how JBR died, unless her parents were cold, calculating, premediated murderers, their behavior that day makes no sense. I don't care what scenario you envision- what would cause John to want to leave so abruptly? What parent, unless they despised their child and plotted to kill her, would be able to leave her alone like that? Against all legal protocol, the Ramseys were provided with copies of their original statements and police reports. Patsy's sister Pam was allowed to forage through the house-which was the crime scene-and take whatever she wanted. The Ramseys' telephone records-which they refused to provide- were never obtained by the police. The medical records for both JBR and Burke were suppressed. The powerful connections of the Ramseys went straight to the Governor's office, as Governor Romer refused to remove an obviously compromised Alex Hunter from the case or appoint a special prosecutor, as suggested by the Ramseys' former close friends the Whites, as well as their former photographer Judith Phillips. So clearly there was no intruder, no sick pedophile waiting in the dark for the Ramseys to go to sleep that Christmas night. Whatever happened to JBR was the fault of her immediate family, in some way, shape or form. Unless, of course, someone else was there that night and the Ramseys, for whatever reason, chose to hide their identity(ies). Again, the ultimate closed room, or in this case, closed house mystery. There are strong indications that things were not right in the Ramsey home well before that Christmas night. We have the new revelations from Kolar that both children had emotional and/or mental problems of some kind. The smeared feces on the box of chocolate in JBR's room testifies quite vividly to that. We also now know that Burke, as well as JBR, was seeing some kind of therapist or counselor before her death. It is beyond strange that two children of such tender ages-9 and 6-would be needing such counseling. I place a great deal of significance on the fact the Ramseys neglected to videotape the festivities that Christmas morning. To parents in the mid- 1990s, this is an unthinkable oversight. The batteries weren't charged? Come on! That's too absurd to even think about. And then we have only the few photographs taken that day as well. What was going on, that caused such a supremely image conscious mother like Patsy to almost completely fail to document a treasured holiday like this? Or did they film and photograph that morning, as would be expected, and later have reason to suppress that evidence? Was something, or someone, incriminating in those films? All anecdotal evidence indicates that Patsy was a doting, if overbearing mother. She certainly had her quirks, and perhaps her own childhood demons to bear, but was she capable of killing her own child? JR was a typical, distracted father who was primarily concerned with making enough money to maintain the family in their accustomed lifestyle. Burke, as noted, appears to have been disturbed in some way. I still generally lean toward BDI, but any theory postulating Burke as the killer must contend with the damning evidence of previous sexual abuse found on JBR. Was a child of that age capable of such abuse? Kolar has suggested he was. Was her father capable of such a thing? Again, the evidence leads us to conclude he was not close to either child. I don't know if this makes him more or less likely to be an abuser. Patsy was probably too close to JBR, and while purposefully abusing her sexually seems a bit far fetched, certainly Steve Thomas's rage-type theory revolving around JBR's genital area is possible. Which brings us to another weird aspect of this case. Why was this pretty little beauty pageant winner needing to wear pull ups, and why would her parents permit anyone-even virtual strangers-to assist her with wiping when she was in the bathroom? Why would this little girl feel comfortable in allowing others to do this? This is a gigantic red flag, and combined with the signs of chronic abuse discovered after her death, and the other episodes involving feces Kolar describes in his book, it strongly indicates that something was seriously wrong with this family, well before that Christmas night. So, the behavior of the Ramsey parents, along with the at least one previous incident of violence towards JBR from Burke (when he hit her in the face with a golf club) argues for a BDI scenario. What else could make these parents conspire together, to the point of staging a strangling of their daughter, than the mutual desire to protect their other child? Burke had self-evident problems (counseling, feces issues, acting very odd in interviews, showing a lack of emotion or even interest about his sister's death, etc.) However, BDI is contradicted not only (perhaps) by the physical improbability of someone his size performing the actions necessary to cause JBR's death, but also by the fact he appears to have become a normal, well adjusted adult. The ransom note proves Patsy's involvement. The actions of John- especially wanting to flee the scene like a bank robber while his daughter's body was still warm- suggest someone who was at the very least compromised. Neither of them acted the way virtually any normal mother or father would. But I simply cannot envision any scenario in which the other would coverup for the guilty party. I also can't picture them somehow killing JBR together. Clearly, they are guilty of something and know what really happened to JBR. So what am I saying here? Simply that every theory we can devise-and given the fact only three other people were in the house on the night in question- the scenarios are by necessity limited- has serious problems with it. Can we ever hope to determine the truth? Without John or Burke talking, I don't really think we can. I'd love to hear more from Fleet White. An honest grand jury would compel the release of Burke and JBR's medical records. Those alone might go a long way towards resolving this case. I think if the truth is ever revealed, it will probably be tawdry and shocking. The Ramsey family seems to have been as dysfunctional as could be, and I think the mystery of JBR's death lies somewhere within that dsyfunction. John and Patsy clearly had some real skeletons in their closets. Patsy's gone. Someone needs to force John and Burke to talk.