This is one of the most worn out statements of the whole case. I have addressed it in the Facts and Fiction thread but I'd like to discuss it here in more details. In order to illustrate my point, I am going to use a post made by jameson yesterday which can be found here:- http://www.webbsleuths.org/dcforum/DCForumID61/1220.html In fact, this is a highly misleading statement. At first glance one might think that the claim about the footprints and snow has no basis in fact at all. This is what was said by the police:- "Sgt Reichenbach states in his report that he had arrived at the Ramsey home at approximately 0600 hours on December 26 and that he had examined the exterior of the Ramsey home as well as the yard. Sgt Reichenbach noted that the air temperature was approximately 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Sgt Reichenbach noted in his report that there was a very light dusting of snow and frost on the exposed grass in the yard outside the Ramsey home. Some of the grass and yard was covered with snow from previous snowfall(s) and this snow was described as being crusty and measuring one-two inches deep. Sgt Reichenbach states that he saw no fresh footprints in any of the snow or in the frost on the grass..." http://www.thesmokinggun.com/jonbenet/charlevoix3.html The above is a typical police report based upon observation. The Sgt is specific in his description of temperature, and the locality, consistency and depth of the snow which was there and he also described frost covering too. jameson goes on to say:- Now things start to get muddy. The RST are very keen to discredit anyone who might consider the ramseys as suspects and therefore her opinions start to get personal - it was LIES intended to POISON the public against the Ramseys. However, the reports were accurate. There WAS snow and there were no footprints in that snow. End of fact. Historical records show that there was a rise in temperature that morning. The crime scene photos are not time stamped, but we know they were taken hours later. Sgt Reichenbach described a light "dusting of snow". How long would this take to disappear with a rise in temperature? Most of us have experienced snow and will know that light dustings of snow can melt and evaporate very quickly indeed. Certainly within an hour or so. The irony is, that the RST aren't shy about this rise in temperature. They use it as an argument in favour of a spider wakening from it's sleep and respinning a web on the basement window grate! Thinking minds know that. It is the RST who produce those photos and say "look no snow - therefore any statement about there being no footprints in the snow is BORG POISON!! The RST are trying desperately to discredit Sgt Reichenbach's eye-witness testimony - yet jameson wants us to accept her photos taken a year later as some sort of proof about the snow and forst that morning!!!!! The RST even say Sgt R was wrong about there being frost because the Boulder Weather Station readings for that morning wern't conducive to frost forming. Apart from the fact that the weather reports aren't always accurate, temperatures are not uniform across cities. My temperature guage in my car fluctuates all the time as I drive about town. We can have snow which lies for days and there be no snow on the other side of town. Frost tends to lie thick on grass, trees, my car windscreen.... and not on the roads we drive on. A patch of frost can lie along one side of my garden for days when there is no snow anywhere else and no fresh frost. RST spin does not cancel out Sgt Reichenbach's eye witness report. The bottom line is that Sgt Reichenbach noted snow and frost in various places around the Ramsey home and he also noted that neither THAT snow nor THOSE frost patches had any footprints in them. Lucky he did because the light dusting of snow was gone a few hours later when the crime scene photographer took the photos. I'll add something to this. One leading member of the RST once posted that she thought the crime scene photographs were taken around 7am. I do not think that was the case. The crime scene team arrived after the body was found at 1pm. I think it is most likely that the photos were taken then.