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), 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.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Gospel According to St. Paula

NB: Don't forget the CNN HLN 2 hour special on the Ramsey case, starting tomorrow night (Friday) at 9 PM Eastern time.

Paula Woodward has finally released her long-promised book. Current title: We Have Your Daughter: The Unsolved Murder of JonBenet Ramsey Twenty Years Later. She's been a long-time Ramsey supporter (more accurately: apologist) practically from day one, so I more or less knew what was coming and was reluctant to shell out hard cash to read more of same. On the other hand, she did claim to have new information and also some access to images and files that have never before been released. So, what the Hell, I decided to get it anyhow.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

More Room More Room

Making more room for comments.

`No room! No room!' they cried out when they saw Alice coming. `There's plenty of room!' said Alice indignantly, and she sat down in a large arm-chair at one end of the table.

NB: I've been informed that CNN Headline News (HLN) will be presenting a 2 hour program on the JonBenet Ramsey case on Friday, Sept. 30 (this Friday). At either 8 or 9 PM, depending on your time zone. This is a bit of a mystery because I've seen no advance publicity on this show, nor do I see it on the CNN HLN schedule. It's possible the show has been cancelled, but for those of you with cable it might be worth tracking down. Hope you can find it. I don't have cable. :-(

This just in. The CNN show WILL be aired, on HLN, at 9PM Eastern time this Friday, the 30th. Here's a preview

Monday, September 26, 2016

Straw Poll

I've come up with a couple questions designed to help me understand the mind set of those reading and posting here. For purposes of this poll, please try to forget about the Ramseys and assume this is something happening to you personally.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Evidence of "chronic sexual abuse" -- a guest post by CC

[NB: Since my inbox is now overwhelmed with comments I can no longer deal with any comment not found under the most recent blog post. So please try to avoid posting anywhere else. I appreciate all the many comments but lack the time to individually address every single one, sorry. If you've already posted something important elsewhere feel free to repeat it here. DocG]

An autopsy of the body of Jonbenet Ramsey was conducted on 12/26/96 by Dr John Meyer, Boulder County Medical Examiner,  and witnessed by Detective Linda Arndt of the Boulder Police Department.   Dr Meyer told Arndt that JBR had injuries consistent with prior  digital penetration of her vagina.   Meyer later returned to the morgue with Dr Andrew Sirontak,  Chief of Denver Children's Hospital Child Protection Team, who also examined the body and found the hymen "shriveled and retracted", among other old injuries to her vagina, and agreed that JBR had been sexually abused prior to the night of her death.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Assumptions, Speculations, Logical Inferences, etc.

What the world might need least is yet another lecture from DocG on the importance of logic. Well, screw the world. You're going to get one anyhow.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thinking Through the 911 Call

To me the 911 call is the most important aspect of the case, as it literally tells us who wrote the ransom note, and also, very likely, who killed JonBenet. It's also the most controversial aspect of my interpretation of this case, and many challenges have been offered ever since I first proposed it (see the first three posts on this blog). So I'd like to take this opportunity to clarify.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


This just in! Lin Wood has announced he will be suing CBS over their investigator's allegation that Burke killed JonBenet. Read all about it! Here's what I just wrote in response to the news:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey - Part 2 continued

It's now tomorrow -- and I've decided to start over on a new page.

While the investigators heading up the CBS team make much of their decision to make a fresh start, they fall into many of the same old traps. First, they accept many of the same assumptions that have led everyone else astray. Second, they overestimate their ability to interpret the evidence, which remains elusive, ambiguous, and -- to use that magic word we see so often: inconclusive. Third, they tend to neglect or downplay the logic of the case, which, for me, is of the greatest significance. And the profiling to which they attach so much importance is rife with confirmation bias.

The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey - Part 2

I must say, it's extremely gratifying to see all the comments pouring in -- and now that part 2 of the CBS special has just concluded I'm expecting many more. Much more, I'm afraid, than I'll be able to handle myself. I'm hoping I can just find enough time to read them all. So for the time being at least this blog will be morphing into an open forum, where everyone participating can share their thoughts and bounce them off each other -- with me trying to keep up as best I can.

Now to the matter at hand, which is, of course Part 2 of the program, and an overview of the entire thing:

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey - Part 1

[NB: Don't forget. Today at 3PM Eastern, Dr. Phil completes his interview with Burke. Tonight at 9 Eastern, the final episode of the CBS program. Also, a very interesting followup to the first two Dr. Phil interviews can be found here on youtube. (During the course of this segment, Ramsey attorney admits to what I have long suspected: DA Lacey was intimidated by the threat of a huge lawsuit -- it was only after Lin Wood threatened her that she decided to "exonerate" the Ramseys.)

For those of you curious as to what my take on this case might be, please read the first three posts on this blog -- links can be found in the intro, just above. But please don't comment under those posts, as they are already much too cluttered. If you have questions, post them here.]

See below for the long-awaited 911 "enhancement"

I just saw part one of "The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey" on CBS, as I feel sure everyone reading here did -- at least those of you living in the USA. It's late, so I won't be going into any details for now, but I plan on adding more thoughts in this space from time to time, so please stay tuned.

For now, I'll just share a few thoughts:

Friday, September 16, 2016

Showtime Thread Part Three

[Update: Last night I found part three of the ID/Discovery program on the Ramsey case on youtube. It contained two especially interesting segments, a fascinating interview with John Mark Karr, and a clear statement by a DNA expert asserting that the DNA evidence should not be seen as an essential element in this case. In other words, there was never any reason to exonerate "the Ramseys." I was going to post the link but now I can't find it anymore. (I've just now found it: here. Not sure how long this is going to be up. It's much more interesting than part one.) Instead I see a copy of part 1 posted by some lady who feels sure she'll have to take it down soon due to copyright laws. But for now you can find it here. Looks like youtube is going to be an interesting place to search for Ramsey related materials in the next few weeks at least, so I suggest you check there periodically.]

Wow, the comments are coming thick and fast. I can no longer keep up. I'll try to find time to read them all but probably won't be responding much as I feel overwhelmed at this point. All I'll say for now is:

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Showtime Thread Part Two

Room for more comments relating to the current spate of media presentations.

NB: I'm pleased to see all the comments, but I am also feeling a bit overwhelmed. Forgive me if I don't respond to all your questions, as I just don't have the time. For those of you new to the case and/or new to this blog: 1. Please post your comments and questions here rather than somewhere else on the blog, or they might not be noticed; 2. If you have questions about any aspect of the case, please use the search mechanism on the upper right of the page before posting a question here. Chances are your question has already been addressed somewhere on this blog. If not, feel free to post it here, and if it's something that has not already been addressed I'll try to answer as best I can.

For a relatively brief and succinct summary of my interpretation of this case, I recommend the post titled Why John?

It's nice to see so many of you reading here. Thanks for your participation.


PS: Please avoid adding comments to the first few posts or any other posts with lots of comments, as they are too difficult for me to find, and no one else is likely to see them. I won't be responding to such posts anymore. Please DO comment here or on the most recent post where there's sufficient room. Thank you.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

A Minor Mystery Revealed?

[Point of interest. I was recently contacted by an author offering her e-book on the Ramsey case as a "free book giveaway" this week only. The book is called "Little Girl Blu: The JonBenet Inside Circle Theory"  and it can be downloaded from this website: ]


Burke will be interviewed by Dr. Phil at 3PM Monday on CBS. First of a series.

JonBenét: An American Murder Mystery, this Monday, SEPTEMBER 12-14 10/9C on Investigation/Discovery.

The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey, first episode, Sunday 8:30 p.m., CBS, Sept. 18, continues on Monday, Sept. 19 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) and concludes Sunday, Sept. 25 (8:30-10:30 PM, ET/PT)]

Thanks to the A&E trailer (I don't have cable, so was unable to access the show itself), we have a brief but tantalizing glimpse of John (I'm assuming it's John) writing on a lined notepad, which (finally) gives us a chance to see some examples of his "official" writing style -- assuming that's what we see in that shot. The use of "artfully" superimposed images makes things a bit challenging, but I was able to do a couple screen captures that might prove helpful.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Has the Author of the Ransom Note Been Unmasked? Part 2

(.....continued from previous post.)

I don't think Mr. Berger will mind my calling him Tom. Over the last week or so we've exchanged several emails and by this time I see him as a friend. Not that we always agree. But I find him to be affable, open-minded, reasonable and extremely helpful. Also very knowledgeable. As I mentioned last time, when Tom did me the favor of double-checking his previous result with a different set of exemplars, he came up with a completely different "suspect," drawn from the large pool of Enron texts used as a control. Did someone who once worked at Enron write the Ramsey ransom note? I seriously doubt it. The Enron "hit" can be regarded as an artifact of the methodology, designed to control for confirmation bias by including a large sampling of texts from a presumably innocent source.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Has the Author of the Ransom Note Been Unmasked?

In a comment dated August 30, we were directed by "Anonymous" to a web page titled Unmasking the JonBenet Ransom Note with Linguistic Analysis. The author has employed computer software, based on the science of "stylometry," to identify the writer of the Ramsey ransom note -- and lo and behold, as you might expect, the culprit turns out to be everyone's favorite villain: Patsy Ramsey.

It's Showtime!

This post is for comments on the various media presentations. I'm looking forward to reading them, especially since I don't have cable, so I'll be needing your eyes and ears.


 NBC's Dateline will be airing a 2 hour special on the Ramsey case Friday, Sept. 9, at 9 PM Eastern time.

Burke will be interviewed by Dr. Phil at 3PM this Monday on CBS. First of a series.

JonBenét: An American Murder Mystery, this Monday, SEPTEMBER 12-14 10/9C on Investigation/Discovery.

The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey, first episode, Sunday 8:30 p.m., CBS, Sept. 18, continues on Monday, Sept. 19 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) and concludes Sunday, Sept. 25 (8:30-10:30 PM, ET/PT)