I just read up on this case in the last few days: thousands of posts and bits of thoughts and political maneuvers but the bottom line gist of everything is this: murders happen.. They find people in a field after 20 years or a foot in an ocean and somehow they figure out who did it. This case is open and shut 100 percent unless you look at things that have nothing to do with a murder. This girl was alive at 10 pm on December 25 and dead by 1:00 December 26. She had undigested pineapple in her stomach and rigor mortis. This made the coroner put her time of death at between 10pm and 6 am but closer to 10 pm. She was found in a basement storage area with no windows and one door. The one door had an outside latch so that anyone who was in there couldn't come out. There were three people in the house. A nine year old boy, a mother, and a father. No one heard a person come or go during the night. The cause of death is STRANGULATION by garrote. It doesn't matter who hit her on the head prior but someone completed the deed. So whoever was the person who made the garrote and strangled her ( no matter what was done prior)!is the murderer. The 9 year old did not make a garrote, so that leaves mom or dad. I believe it was the mother's paintbrush used but the autopsy shows a very forceful indentation around the girl's neck so it seems to me that dad did it. Murder is the crime in this case.. Not kidnapping or sexual assault or anything else. There is not one shred of evidence that anyone other than the mother or father did this. Not one, and I have looked at everything. I don't see what the DA was so confused about. They let the parents define this as a kidnapping and then got all bogged down by that. Say the parents called and said their daughter was murdered right off the bat how would this have been handled? Because in the end that's what it is. Some random thoughts about other stuff The ransom note-not relevant/ not a kidnapping but....seriously, it's written with stuff in the house? When would that have been written? While she was supposedly alive and kicking and screaming or when she was dead? By the way....if you were kidnapping her... Take her for the ransom, no one knew she was dead. You could still get your money. The basement window- it snowed overnight, any intruder would have left marks all over the inside of the house as the snow melted on their shoes. The suitcase by the window... Please... Why exit that way?.. You are already in the house, just go out through a door. Also, just as a side note the whole questionable trauma to her vagina...... How about a bike.... She got a new frigging bike for Christmas... Just learning how to ride it... No wonder they couldn't find any relevant DNA.. No pedophile! They sound like they were a bit of a nutty family, but it isn't necessary to explain everything. Think about that foot in the ocean or that girl in a field. Maybe they had potty training issues or something weird but it doesn't have to be explained. THREE people had access to this girl... One made a garrote and asphyxiated her. I don't know why he did that but he did.