Newcomers to this blog are advised to begin with the first two posts, Just the Facts, Ma'am and Case Solved, which explain in very general terms why I believe I've solved this case. Some important questions are answered in the following post, Misunderstandings, Misconceptions, Misdirections. After that feel free to browse whatever topics might interest you (see blog archive).

NB: If anyone has trouble posting a comment, email it to doktorgosh (at) live.com, and I'll post it for you.

Notice to readers of my Kindle book: I recently noticed that, on certain devices (though not all), the Table of Contents begins with Chapter One and omits the Introduction and Preface. Since the Introduction is especially important, I urge everyone to make sure to begin reading at the very beginning of the book, not the first chapter in the Table of Contents. Thank you.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Edge On

According to a still isolated by Hercule from a police video made public by James Kolar, the edges of the glass in the broken window pane (see previous post) appear to reveal a layer of dust and/or dirt, proving that the break was in fact old, as John Ramsey claimed. He recently sent me this image via email, to illustrate:


Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Broken Window Redux: Part 4

Before continuing with my analysis of Patsy's role in all this, I want to add one more bit of evidence to the long list offered in my previous posts. Not sure why I failed to mention it before -- it's important because it involves hard evidence rather than logical inference. The broken window glass was examined by forensic experts, but their conclusions have never been made public. When James Kolar was asked about this in his Reddit AMA, he replied that, to his knowledge, "there is no method to determine when the window was broken." He adds the following: "My examination of the video and 35 mm photos strongly suggested no recent entry had been made through that location."

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Broken Window Redux: Part 3

Let's start all over from the beginning, only this time we'll assume, for the sake of argument, that John was telling the truth, and that he had indeed broken that window the previous summer. So now it's the morning after the assault, Patsy has called 911 and John, as he has testified, makes his way into the basement. As he enters the area with the broken window, it occurs to him that he himself must have broken it the previous summer, so maybe that break is irrelevant. But then he notices, according to his own testimony, that it is open. And for some reason he was never able to explain, he closes it.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Broken Window Redux: Part 2

(continued from previous post)

Given Linda's denial, the question arises: why would Patsy have included Linda in her story if she were lying to support John's version of what happened? Patsy included Linda when interviewed the following year as well:
Well, one of these windows is the one that John -- John got locked out one time,  can't remember, at the lake, I think. And he said he broke a window pane and, you know, he reached in and came in through this window right into the house.
TRIP DEMUTH: What did you do after the window was broken, did you have some involvement with that at all?
PATSY RAMSEY: Well, yes. When I came back, you know, from the lake, I mean there was glass everywhere all over the floor, and I cleaned out -- 1 picked up pieces of glass, you know. He never cleaned it up, obviously, and cleaned it up, and I had Linda sweep down there because the kids, the boys would sometimes play in here. 
If John's story is true, then why would Linda have denied any knowledge of any broken window or helping Patsy clean up the glass? And if both he and Patsy were lying, then why would Patsy have included Linda in her story, on two separate occasions, knowing full well she'd deny it?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Broken Window Redux

A child is found dead in a remote basement room in her own house. The parents have previously called the police, informing them that she'd been kidnapped and presenting a ransom note as evidence. When the body is found it becomes clear that no kidnapping had taken place.

Upon further inspection, a window in another area of the basement is found to be broken. Packing peanuts from the window well are strewn on the basement floor, a hard suitcase has been observed flush against the wall directly beneath that window, and a scuff mark is seen on the wall just beneath that same window. Would you say that looks suspicious? I would certainly think so. As seems obvious, the window was either broken during a forced entry by an intruder, or someone from inside the house staged it to look that way. Upon close examination it is determined that no one could have passed through that window the previous night, as there was no disturbance of the considerable layer of dust and dirt on the very narrow windowsill, and an intact spider web was found in the opening beside the sill. Looks like someone was trying to stage a window entry, and exit, by an intruder who stood on the suitcase to boost himself out. And since there was no sign that anyone actually passed through that window, the amateurish staging looks pretty obvious. Clearly, this is an inside job.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Round and Round We Go

Down and down we go. Like a leaf that's caught in the tide.

More comments, more comments, can't get enough of 'em . . .

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Process of Elimination

A psychopathic pedophile would have had no reason to write a ransom note. Someone intending to kidnap JonBenet would have prepared his ransom note in advance, not written it on paper from a notepad he happened to find in the house. And he would actually have kidnapped his victim. Someone out to get John Ramsey would have had no reason to write a ransom note, and if he'd wanted to leave a note would have prepared it in advance. Someone intending to frame the Ramseys would have attempted to forge John or Patsy's hand, but none of the many "experts" who've examined the note has ever suggested it was a forgery. Someone entering the house via the basement window would have left clear signs of his presence there, yet there was no sign anyone had even lifted the grate over the window well or passed through the narrow window sill. And someone with a key would have had no reason to break the basement window, displace debris from the well onto the basement floor or position a suitcase under that window. Thus no intruder theory makes sense.

Monday, March 6, 2017

"Things to Come" -- Announcing a New Blog

Sorry for the off-topic post, but I can't resist advertising my new blog, and inviting everyone reading here to check it out -- and, hopefully, get involved by commenting and contributing ideas of your own. As you might have guessed, DocG is never at a loss for ideas, and new ideas for future developments is what my new blog is all about. New products, new scientific theories, new forms of personal expression, new approaches to old problems. In short (and with apologies to HG Wells -- and George Pal): some predictions of Things to Come.

Rest assured, I won't be neglecting this blog, but the Ramsey case is only one of many things I've had on my mind and at this point I'm ready to expand my horizons by looking to the future. Hope you are too.

(Feel free to continue posting Ramsey case comments below.)

Friday, March 3, 2017

Waiting for Developments

Still waiting for new developments in the Burke Ramsey lawsuit. No word yet from CBS. Will they or won't they try for a settlement? No word either on the new "scientific" testing of evidence in the Teresa Halbach case. It's been a long time since that process began and Avery's lawyer has been uncharacteristically quiet, after tweeting on an almost daily basis for months.

Meanwhile, here's some room for more comments.

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Gospel According to Cherokee

Some posting here have mentioned a new book on the case, titled Listen Carefully: Truth and Evidence in the JonBenet Ramsey Case, authored, supposedly, by a group calling itself "The True Crime Detectives Guild." After some hesitation I decided to get a copy and I've been reading it recently with some degree of interest. To my surprise, however, I discovered that the analysis of the ransom note presented therein looked very familiar. That portion of the book, as I instantly recognized, was authored by an old veteran of the Ramsey case forums calling him- or her- self "Cherokee." And I suspect that "Cherokee" is the author of the whole thing, not just that one portion. [After reading further, I found the following notice: "Ransom note analysis used by permission. Originally published by Cherokee at forumsforjustice.org, copyright 2003." Which implies that Cherokee is not necessarily the author of the entire document as I'd originally suspected. While Cherokee's analysis dates from 2003, the book itself is fully up-to-date, with references to recent developments, such as the release of the Grand Jury indictments, the updated DNA information, Burke's interview with Dr. Phil, etc.]

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Avery Case Heating Up

For those of you interested in the Teresa Halbach murder case, Dateline will be airing a special tomorrow night (Friday). Ken Kratz, the prosecutor with a new book out will be a featured guest. All sorts of tests have been taking place, supposedly, but Steven Avery's lawyer Kathleen Zellner has been uncharacteristically quiet for some time now, suggesting that all may not have panned out as she had hoped. Once the tests are in, I'll probably have more to contribute regarding Avery's guilt, which for me is a no brainer. Meanwhile a decision on the possible release of his nephew, Brandon Dassey, is pending. He could be out any day now.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Complaint: Installment 11

Once again we're running out of room. Feel free once more to make fools of yourself by disagreeing with me. :-)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Complaint Part 9

Interesting developments in the Steven Avery case. 

Remember that one? I've been waiting patiently for the results of all the "scientific" testing ordered up by his new attorney, Kathleen Zellner. But she's been strangely silent since December, and some of his supporters are starting to wonder out loud. I'd imagine that if the tests proved Avery's innocence she'd have been tweeting like a whole flock of birds. What if they prove his guilt, I wonder? Will she tweet about that?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Complaint -- Part 8

More room for comments. Still nothing new on the lawsuit front. Be on the lookout for the CBS response, folks.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Complaint -- Part 5

More room for comments. Meanwhile there's apparently been no new news on the lawsuit. CBS will either opt for the "only an opinion" defense or the "Burke is a public figure" defense  -- or else either try for a settlement OR actually take it to trial. Since a settlement would probably require a public retraction, they might feel they have no choice but to fight it out in court. We just need to be patient.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Complaint: Part 4

Puff puff puff, I'm running hard just to keep up with you guys.

By the way, I hope to God I'm not on the jury if this case ever goes to trial. Judging from the opinions being batted around here, and elsewhere, no one in that jury would ever be able to agree on anything and they'd all be at each other's throats after an hour or so. So much for our hopes that this case might sometime actually make it into court.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Complaint: 3

Still waiting for more action on the lawsuit front. So far no word from CBS as to how they plan to respond. If I see something new, I'll add more commentary here.


P.S.: Just now I read a very thoughtful and convincing comment, placed under an older thread where it may well be missed by most reading here. (NB: always try to post your comments in the most recent thread where everyone can easily find them.) I decided to post it here for all to see, along with a (somewhat revised) version of my response.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Complaint: 2

More room for comments on Lin Wood's "Complaint" (and/or any other relevant issue). All I'll add at this point are my observations that:

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Complaint

OK, the official Burke Ramsey Complaint  against CBS et al. is out there -- all mind numbing 108 pages. Let's take a look:

 The defendants are:

CBS CORPORATION, CRITICAL CONTENT, LLC, JIM CLEMENTE, LAURA RICHARDS, A. JAMES KOLAR, JAMES R. FITZGERALD, STANLEY B. BURKE, WERNER U. SPITZ, and HENRY C. LEE

As evident from the prefatory remarks, an important part of Lin Wood's case is that the program was presented as a documentary, based on the premise that new evidence had been uncovered and that this new team of investigators was going to conduct a “complete reinvestigation starting right from scratch.” However, according to the Complaint,

Saturday, December 31, 2016

GAME ON!

As we know, Lin Wood has finally filed his lawsuit against CBS and their investigative team. I used to think this was going to be a slam dunk for Wood, since the allegations against Burke have no basis in fact. But now, thanks to some intriguing comments from resident legal expert, "Dog," things are starting to look more complicated. Apparently it's not enough to demonstrate that such allegations have no basis in fact, but also necessary to actually prove they are false, a very different matter, it would seem. The most thorough discussion of the case I've seen so far can be found in, of all places, the showbiz paper, Variety: JonBenet Ramsey’s Brother’s Defamation Lawsuit Against CBS May Hinge on Fact Vs. Opinion But I'm sure we'll see many more such treatments in the coming days and weeks.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Nut Case


And yes, the Ramsey case is also a nut case along very similar lines. You need to keep adjusting all the different pieces of the puzzle until the kernel of truth pops out.

And speaking of nuts, here's my favorite nutty squirrel video of all time:


See if you can figure out what's going on.

Sorry, but I can't resist adding one more squirrel video:


While this too is hilarious, it demonstrates how clever, and persistent, these little critters can be. If that squirrel can make its way to the bird feeder, then maybe there's some hope this case can eventually make it to court.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Hard Nut to Crack


What this nutty case needs: a Nutcracker.

Happy Holidays!!!!!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Going Nuts


From Dizzie to Louie. What more could one ask?

Comments, anyone?

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Salt Peanuts




is what's in a nutshell.

Sorry, but I'm feeling a bit wacky today. More room for comments, so what the heck.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

In a Nutshell

In response to the heavy dose of speculation we've been seeing, both here and in the media generally, I've decided to one more time present the essence of my thinking on this case. Before I begin I want to stress that my approach was originally prompted by a situation very similar to the one we are now facing, which hasn't changed much over 20 years: since just about all the "evidence" is inconclusive, literally every theory based on the evidence is, of necessity, speculative -- based on little more than amateur profiling bolstered by a host of unsubstantiated assumptions.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Leftovers, anyone?

Thanksgiving got too stuffed. Here's room for more . . .

Monday, November 21, 2016

Special Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Here's a generous portion of free space on which to post more comments without anything getting lost (for now). And by the way, if you suspect a comment of getting lost, be sure to go to the bottom of the page and click on Load More. The blog software has room for only so many comments on a single page. If you still can't find your comment, email me and I'll post it for you.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Did Lin Wood Have a Change of Heart?

Here we see an interview with Lin Wood, dated Sept. 22, 2016. In it, he assures the interviewer that he will file a lawsuit against CBS after a mandated waiting period, giving the network the opportunity to retract. If there is no retraction, the lawsuit will be filed "sometime within the next 30 days." He then adds: "It's not a threat. It's going to be filed."

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

More Handwriting Evidence -- Part 4:Tom Miller

Thanks to a link provided by an alert commenter calling herself "Danni," I recently came across an extensive document by attorney slash handwriting "expert" Tom Miller, outlining his view of the Ramsey case. For someone interested in learning more about what transpired among the various members of the investigation team, the Ramsey legal team and the media, Miller's document provides some fascinating information and insights. Much of his text is taken up by the story of how he became implicated in an attempt by an editor of The Globe to illegally purchase a copy of the ransom note. Interesting, but beside the point as far as I'm concerned. More relevant is the story about how he got hold of some handwriting exemplars attributed to Patsy. These had originally been acquired, according to him, by the same Globe editor, under mysterious circumstances. Apparently, Miller is the one who passed them on to Darnay Hoffman, who sent them to his team of handwriting "experts" with the express purpose of "proving" that Patsy Ramsey wrote the ransom note. In no uncertain terms, Miller makes clear his conviction that Patsy did indeed write that note. On what basis?

To learn more, let's proceed to the report Miller sent to Darnay, as posted at the Acandyrose website. I've already produced an evaluation of Miller's report on this blog, but at this point I find it necessary to go into more detail.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

More Handwriting Evidence - Part 3

Some more dubious comparisons from Cina Wong's analysis:

The oversized "c" in "crash course" and "contenders" in S1 closely matches the oversized "c" of "carefully" in line 2 of the QD.







Where is THIS coming from? The words "Crash Course" and "Contenders" are not "oversized," they are capitalized. The "c" in "carefully is not oversized, but roughly the same size as the other letters. And looks nothing like any of Patsy's "C"s.

Friday, November 4, 2016

More Handwriting Evidence - Part 2

Let's move now to Cina Wong's written report, as reproduced at the Acandyrose website. Here's what she writes on the first line of her analysis: "The "R" is open to the left in the "Ramsey" written in S4, closely matches the "R" of "Ramsey" in line 1 of the QD." Exemplar S4 is a poster reading "Ramsey Xmas" in large letters, with a very small "Ramsey" near the right hand bottom corner. It's the small "Ramsey" she's referring to, as the large one is not open to the left. "QD" stands for "questioned document," i.e., the ransom note. Here are the two examples she's referring to, presented side by side:

Thursday, November 3, 2016

More Handwriting Evidence

I've already covered some of this territory in an earlier post, Some Revealing Comparisons. Also in a much older post, Some Handwriting Evidence. At this point, however, I'd like to go into more detail, starting with some of the so-called "matches" claimed by Darnay Hoffman's star "expert," Cina Wong. I've been hampered in the past by copyright issues preventing me from posting copies of Wong's comparisons on my blog, so I'll have to make do, once again, with Internet links. However, it occurred to me that the actual exemplars used by Wong are not her private property, so as long as I don't directly display her graphic, I won't be violating her copyright.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

I'm Running as Fast as Can to Keep Up

I wish this blog didn't do that "Load More" thing, which makes it so hard to find some of the later posts. Here's still more space to vent. Enjoy!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Hot Off the Press:Doubtful DNA

An anonymous poster (thank you) just linked us to an article titled DNA in doubt: New analysis challenges DA's exoneration of Ramseys, from the Boulder Daily Camera of Oct. 27. The lead author is Charlie Brennan, the reporter who sued to get the GJ indictment made public, and a long term student of the case -- he assisted Lawrence Schiller in the writing of PMPT. At first glance this looks like nothing new. The presence of multiple DNA samples at the crime scene was reported some time ago in James Kolar's book. (Interesting that Kolar is not mentioned.) What makes it important is its thoroughness. Brennan digs deeply into many details of this evidence, consulting with and quoting several DNA experts (though fans of Dr. Henry Lee may be disappointed).

Granddaughter of More Room

More room for comments . . . .

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Burke's Interview

The full transcript of Burke Ramsey's 1998 interview is now available via the Oct. 3 issue of the National Enquirer. Thanks to diamondlil16, we have a link to a Websleuth's page where the entire document has been reproduced. You'll need to scroll down a bit, but you'll eventually find it, as posted by "DrollForeignFaction." While most items emanating from the NE should be taken with a huge grain of salt, this one looks authentic. It's also important, as it provides us with some information we didn't have before, and either clears things up or muddies the waters, depending on how reliable a witness we take Burke to be.