Has anyone ever considered why this crime occurred on Christmas night? It must have some significance. Here's what I thought of to start... 1 - It is a stressful time of year. Sometimes people have a short fuse around Christmas. 2 - For those who do not have stable relationships with their family (or none at all), it can be a very sad and/or difficult time of year. I'm thinking about this line of reasoning as suggesting a loner/outsider/intruder. 3 - There is, of course, the obvious religious significance. 4 - People's movements, if you will, around Christmas, are well-known by others. In other words, friends and family usually know where you are going when, etc... 5 - Parents stay up late (wrapping gifts/playing Santa) and children wake up early to open their gifts (making this date a somewhat odd time to choose to break into someone's home) 6 - Thinking from the intruder perspective, if this was a crime of revenge, this crime becomes especially powerful/emotional by occurring on Christmas. Any one else have any thoughts on this? I guess it really bends either way, but it does seem to be significant one way or the other. However, I do think it points away from the complete stranger intruder theory, which I have never bought. Intruder, maybe, but not a stranger. Had there not been a 3-page ransom note, I would think that this could be a break-in gone terribly wrong, i.e., the intruder thought the Ramseys were gone for the holidays, but it turned out they were not.