Garland on the stairs has got me thinking. One of the most interesting aspects of this case for me has always been the double injuries, bash and garrote. Always seemed odd. What if JBR was assualted upstairs(manual strangulation perhaps), and then the assailant, (or their parent) tripped while carrying her down the stairs? I am familiar with those prefab metal spiral staircases, and I know that I would not want to walk down one while carrying an incapacitated child - especially in the dark. Or maybe it was not the spiral, but the other stairs. So my questions are: Do we know to what degree this was considered and investigated? To what degree have investigators ruled out the skull damage as having been a result of falling down the stairs and impacting the stair features, or the floor below or some item on the floor below? It seems within the realm of possibility to me that the child could be dropped accidentally causing the skull damage, and due to the lack of any external sign, she is picked up and the plan continues. In this scenario, bats and golf clubs would have no role in the crime, and it's quite possible that no one had any idea of the skull damage and it does not need to figure into the crime theory as it was happenstance. So - what do we know that would rule this out? And as always, it's just moo and sorry if I'm reinventing the wheel here.