My theory on the 'strangulation' of JonBenet has basically been that it was not an act to kill her - but an act of staging after the head blow (which left NO visible sign to explain why she was dead). Thinking that the head blow had indeed caused JonBenet to die, the perp/stager HAD to concoct a VISIBLE reason why she was dead. He/she did not realize that there was just enough life left in JonBenet to cause petechiae and stop the ebbing life out her. It has always been important to note that this was not a brutal and violent strangulation, but has been termed a 'gentle' one. The hyoid bone was not damaged nor was there any damage to the strap muscles. I just finished one of Ann Rule's fairly recent books titled: "The End of The Dream." In a short true crime story in the back of the book she chronicles the murder of a young woman. I found what she had to say quite interesting: "Kay Owens had apparently died of strangulation by ligature. The characteristic petechiae (small hemorrages in the eyes, heart, larynx) were present, although the hyoid bone at the back of her throat was intact. Her killer had probably not been very strong; strangulation often crushes they hyoid bone and causes deep bleeding into the strap muscles of the neck. The minimal damage to Kay Owens' throat also indicated that she had either been asleep or unconscious when the killer choked her. Had she fought, much more pressure would have been necessary." Pg. 447 The killer turned out to be a teenaged boy. I think this is also a good point to note when it comes to JonBenet. Had she FOUGHT during the cord being put and pulled around her neck - there most certainly would have been more damage. Not to mention there would have been physical indications on the duct tape on her mouth that she was conscious. There was not. The search warrant also notes something about JonBenet that has always made me sad. It notes that she had dried tan mucous that streaked the side of her face. This makes me think she had been aware and crying during some part of her trauma. Most likely IMO - the sexual molestation. She couldn't have cried after the head blow and she was most likely unconscious after the cord pulled tight around her neck. One other interesting observation Ann Rule makes in another case in her book. She says regarding the murder victim: "They noted that someone had piled pillows taken from the Master bedroom beside Vera English's body. This kind of attempt to make the body "comfortable" usually indicated that the killer had been someone close to the victim. " pg.502 It was. It was her 14 yr. old stepson.