What would the thought process be for them to decide on something like a garrote? It's obscure. To make it seem more foreign-y to complement the RN?
I think that was part of it, yes. The RN suggested foreign terrorists, the kind John would have been informed about during his Navy service. He was in the Philippines at a time when a lot of groups were waging war against the Marcos gov't. Garrotes were used and US servicemen were trained in them. Add to that, the Philippines were once part of the Spanish Empire, and Spain was using the garrote as a method of execution right up until Franco died in 1975, long after the other European powers had abandoned it.
I think the other parts were:
1) to provide an obvious, unmistakable means of death;
2) to use something that didn't make noise or make a bloody mess;
3) to use something that would allow them to do it without looking at her face or touching her.
And then make it with Patsy's own paintbrush? It doesn't make sense.
Even leaving out the possibility that they were trying to make it look like someone who knew them, they used what they had. I hate to seem like a smart-a$$, but whose paintbrush should they have used?
If they were wanting to cover up for BR, or PR, why did they even leave her in the house? If they wanted to cover it up and make it look like a kidnapping why didn't they just dispose of the body, then say the kidnappers killed her bc PR called the authorities and didn't comply w the demands in the RN?
Oh, sure, Patsy's gonna let her little pageant princess rot out in the open where every scavenger can have a go at her. Besides, how would they explain it if they were spotted?
Frankly, I don't know if they thought about all this stuff. They were throwing all kinds of s**t at the wall and hoping that some of those s**tballs would stick.
So many questions. I have so many questions and not enough answers. I just haven't seen enough yet to be convinced the RDI.
I can't speak for other people, but I'll answer any questions you have to the best of my ability.