Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Det. Steve Thomas wrote a book, it is his belief Patsy murdered her daughter

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Let's answer the burning question straightaway: Steve Thomas believes that Patsy Ramsey is responsible for the death of her daughter, JonBenét, Christmas night 1996. As a key member of the team assigned to investigate the murder of the 6-year-old girl, the former detective knows the facts of the case as well as anyone, and the conclusion he draws is convincing and clearly presented. And, as it turns out, his theory about who may be guilty of the crime is just one of the shocking revelations in JonBenét: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation.
From the outset, it was a textbook example of how not to run an investigation: JonBenét's body was moved from where it was discovered before clues could be gathered, evidence was mishandled or removed altogether, the coroner failed to conduct routine procedures to determine time of death, and the crime scene was not sufficiently sealed off for hours after Patsy Ramsey's 911 call first summoned the police. In all, the initial response was inept, and it served to undermine the entire investigation; the utter lack of cooperation with the police on the part of John and Patsy Ramsey then compounded the difficulties. Within hours of the murder, the Ramseys had their own team of high-priced lawyers, who effectively insulated them from any direct contact with detectives. Nearly four months passed before police were able to question the parents at length, and only then on the condition that the Ramseys be given full access to police reports and evidence prior to the meeting. In essence, they behaved like suspects, and when Thomas and other detectives tried to determine the Ramseys' guilt or innocence, they were stymied every step of the way by Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter and those under his direction.
The hostile relationship between the police and the D.A.'s office slowed the investigation to a crawl, and, in Thomas's eyes, proved the principal reason an arrest was never made. Despite copious evidence against them and glaring inconsistencies in their testimonies, particularly Patsy's, the Ramseys were not even officially listed as prime suspects until March 1998 because the D.A. would not permit it. All the while, Thomas alleges, Hunter was leaking sensitive information to tabloid journalists and allowing the Ramseys' lawyers to dictate the direction and scope of the investigation. Thomas eventually resigned from the police department after exposing the D.A.'s mismanagement of the case, and a grand jury was called. But the grand jury investigation was ultimately undermined by the D.A.'s refusal to hear the testimony of several detectives closest to the case.
Somewhere in the midst of the politics, the legal wrangling, and the in-fighting between the D.A. and the police department, the central focus of this case was lost: justice for an innocent 6-year-old girl. Steve Thomas has returned that fact to the fore in this important book. --Shawn Carkonen


"From my investigation of the Ramsey murder, Steve Thomas was the lead detective on the case from the beginning and may know what happened better than anyone." --Lawrence Schiller, New York Times bestselling author of Perfect Murder, Perfect Town
-- Review

I think the most important lesson we can learn from the Ramsey case is that the rich really are different. For one thing, they can more easily get away with murder. I am thinking also of the Martha Moxley case in Connecticut, the Cullen Davis case in Texas, and of course the O.J. Simpson case in Los Angeles. What's the answer? It's the same thing that compromises our political system: money gives those with it a tremendous political advantage over those of modest means. I wish I knew the answer.


As a former prosecuting attorney who specialized in crimes against children, I absolutely could not put this riveting book down. I literally finished it in one day. Mr. Thomas gives a true insider's account of the mess that was the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation, from the bungled preservation of evidence by the first officers on the scene to the incredible stonewalling by both the Ramseys and Boulder DA Alex Hunter and his plea-happy bunch of senior attorneys.

The Boulder Police Department took a lot of heat, some of it well-deserved, for the lack of progress in making an arrest in this case. This book makes it perfectly clear, however, that the handful of dedicated and experienced investigators who were assigned to the case by Boulder's "New-Age" police chief, Tom Koby, were stymied at every turn by the DA's incredible fear of actually having to try this case against the experienced trial attorneys who were hired by the Ramseys less than 36 hours after JonBenet's lifeless body was discovered in the basement of her own home.
It is no secret that Mr. Thomas believes that Patsy Ramsey murdered her child in the late evening hours of Christmas 1996. Based upon the mountain of evidence he discloses in this book, much of which was ignored or actually suppressed by the Boulder DA, I believe his conclusion is a fair one. Certainly the Ramseys themselves have done everything in their power to thwart the disclosure of the truth in this case, in the process naming as possible suspects just about every person who ever has been close to them. In fact, they just this week backed out of taking polygraph tests yet again. One can only wonder what they are hiding. As a parent, I would be the first one standing in line to do everything within my power to find the person who killed my child.
 After reading this book, however, you'll understand why the Ramseys have not cooperated with investigators.
Far from focusing exclusively on the parents from the outset, as the Ramseys have claimed, Mr. Thomas and the other investigators at Boulder PD, the FBI, and other police agencies in Colorado, Georgia and Michigan, have exhaustively cleared hundreds of suspects since JonBenet's death. Indeed, based upon the tremendous amount of scientific and circumstantial evidence which has been gathered in this case, the only people who can reasonably said to be prime suspects at this time are John and Patsy Ramsey. Mr. Thomas' very justifiable frustration with the Ramseys, the Boulder DA and many of the ranking officers of the Boulder PD is evident in this wonderful and extremely thorough book.
All Mr. Thomas wants is "justice for a child who was killed in her home on Christmas night." After eighteen months of of an investigation which the DA allowed to be dictated in large part by the Ramseys themselves (a practice absolutely unheard-of in accepted investigative methodology), Mr. Thomas finally resigned in protest when it became apparent to him that the Boulder DA would not even present the most compelling evidence in the case to the grand jury.
I haven't read a book this riveting since Daniel Petrocelli's inside tale of the OJ Simpson civil trial, Triumph of Justice. Although Alex Hunter and his inept staff have gone a long way toward assuring that JonBenet's killer may never be found guilty in a court of law, Mr. Thomas' gutsy account of the facts and evidence in this case leaves no reasonable doubt in the reader's mind as to who killed this beautiful little girl.