One thing that seems pretty certain in this case is that the flashlight caused the skull fracture. So lets start spitballing about this flashlight and the wiped batteries. What questions pop up? 1. Why was that flashlight out of its drawer at all? 2. Why was the flashlight found in the kitchen? 3. Why was the batteries wiped? 4. Who swung the flashlight at JBR head? 5. Was JB struck from behing or from the front? And what does this tell us? 6. When was JB struck by the flashlight? I give some answers that I feel could be right, please feel free to debate them 1.Burke or JB could have been playing with it. Or somebody needed the flashlight that night for looking into a normally dark spot like garage, garden, car... If everything was normal nobody would use a flashlight in a room with normal lighting. The flashlight was normally kept in a bar drawer. An interesting observation is that there seem to have been some cleaning activity going on around the bar that night. 17 PATSY RAMSEY: Hanging on, hanging on the 18 little ledge there by the bar. Is that where it 19 was on the other one? 20 TRIP DeMUTH: The other photo we looked at 21 it was on the bar itself. 22 PATSY RAMSEY: It was on the bar. This 23 just looks strange to me. 24 TRIP DeMUTH: Cleaning? 25 PATSY RAMSEY: Cleaning, Windex or whatever 1 that is. 2 TRIP DeMUTH: Underneath the table? 3 PATSY RAMSEY: (Inaudible.) I mean, I just 4 don't know why it would be there. It would 5 either be in the cleaning closet or under the 6 kitchen sink or somewhere (inaudible). If we can give a plausible answer to just this one question I think we are a good step on the way to understand what happened that night. 2. I think it was placed in the kitchen as staging to make LE think the kidnapper left it there after writing the note. I know this is not consistent, probably an intruder would need the flashlight to find his way in the basement in the dark but I don't think the stager thought about that. It could also be the case that the attack on JB happened in the kitchen and the flashlight was just left there. 3. From the 98' Interview with JR he mentions that normally the flashlights in the house were ot of batteries 8 JOHN RAMSEY: Not that I recall. I don't even 9 know it worked. Typically our flashlights didn't 10 work because we needed new batteries (INAUDIBLE). 11 We might have a few blown flashlights around. I think the batteries were very new and newly put into the flashlight(maybe that same evening) and the wiper thought that LE might see how new they were and conclude that the one who put in the batteries was the killer or at least knew who did it. Probably the flashlight was used before the strike on JB and the batteries had been inserted by someone in the house very recently without thinking about fingerprints as you normally do. Therefore the fingerprints had to go. 4. Don't know. The force needed to crack a 6 year old skull is not that great with a flashlight like that. 5. This we know. Probably from the front as the imprint in the skull show just how the flashlight cut into her skull with the handle pointing forwards. Correct me if I am wrong here cause I have not seen this match myself. This could indicate a fighting situation. Maybe Burke and JB was fighting over something. A strike from behind would indicate murder. 6. I would say the strike was first and then the garrote because tying a knot around a consious childs neck without causing alot more injury to the body than was done to JB I don't think is plausible. I am not sure though that the strike on the head was the first violent action againt JB. IMO, she could both have been abused and/or strangled before the strike.