A judge has ordered the release of the grand jury indictment against John and Patsy Ramsey in the JonBenet case that has been sealed since the grand jury was dismissed in 1999.
Retired Weld County Judge Robert Lowenbach ruled Wednesday morning that the indictment will be released Friday in response to a lawsuit brought by Daily Camera reporter Charlie Brennan and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press seeking the release of the unprosecuted indictment of the Ramseys.While I, like everyone else following this case, am eager to read what the Grand Jury had to say, I must confess I am far from thrilled. Yes, according to what we've heard so far, the GJ did decide to indict both John and Patsy Ramsey, thus ruling against Lou Smit and his absurd intruder theory. That's the good news. The bad news is that the GJ appears to have accepted Steve Thomas's version of what happened, which is equally absurd. The indictment is also meaningless, as far as justice is concerned, since the charge they apparently came up with was something like involuntary manslaughter associated with child abuse, a crime that can no longer be prosecuted, since it carries a three year statute of limitations that expired years ago.
I could be wrong, but it looks very much as though the indictment reflects Thomas's theory that JonBenet was killed accidentally by her mother, who lost it in a rage over bedwetting and unintentionally slammed JonBenet's head against a sink or bathtub. While anyone other than a drug crazed psychotic would immediately call an ambulance after such an incident, Thomas expects us to believe that pageant mom Patsy, known theretofore as a particularly attentive and caring mother, decided instead to stage an elaborate coverup, penetrating her daughter's vagina with her finger, to make it look like a sexual attack, and then strangling her with a garotte-like ligature device to make it look even more horrific. And then, just for good measure, in case the feeble minded Boulder cops might need more convincing, writing a two and a half page phoney "ransom" note, to stage a kidnapping on top of the sexual assault.
According to Thomas, her husband, John slept through the whole disgusting incident, figuring it out only the next morning, and then deciding to go along with his wife's insane plot, in order to save his marriage and his family's reputation. I must say, I've heard of people staging an accident to cover for a murder, but never in the long history of crime have I ever heard of anyone staging a murder to cover for an accident. Nor have I ever heard of anyone saving his reputation by deciding to collaborate in a crime. And as far as saving his marriage is concerned, I've seen no evidence that Patsy and John were all that passionately bonded, certainly not to the point where he'd be willing to risk the electric chair to cover for her murder of his beloved child. But, hey, that's just me . . .
It's hard to believe any body of sane people could accept such an outlandish scenario, but I have a horrible feeling this GJ did more or less that. Why not, since on the many JonBenet forums over the years we've seen more than enough evidence of normally sane people accepting just about anything tossed out there, so long as their suspicions, and prejudices, are confirmed.
I must say I'm not pleased by this development because it's just going to toss more smoke and mirrors into a case that's already confusing enough, and it's not going to solve anything -- not only because of the statute of limitations, but because the GJ was simply not in a position to solve a case in which the only logical suspect had been "ruled out" and in fact given, in the words of Steve Thomas: a "pass." I felt sorry then for DA Alex Hunter, and I feel sorry for him now, because Thomas has many fans who feel sure Hunter did the wrong thing in not prosecuting "the Ramseys" then and there, an effort that would surely have failed. Because, face it, there is and never was any reason to prosecute Patsy Ramsey. And no reason either to assume that the cold blooded murder of JonBenet Ramsey was some sort of accident. The poor child was sexually assaulted, bludgeoned and strangled for God's sake. How is that an accident?
Help me Jesus!