Sunday, November 21, 2010

This review is from: The Death of Innocence

The Untold Story of JonBenet's Murder and How Its Exploitation Compromised the Pursuit of Truth (Hardcover)
Consider this, innocence falls asleep in the back seat of a car, riding home on Christmas night and is never seen again. Her mother, a former beauty queen, her father, a successful computer mogul and a brother as much a victim as scapegoat have traveled a road that has ended nowhere. . . they have just entered the Ramsey Zone where truth is stranger than fiction and innocence is dead on arrival.

In their book they attempt to give us a seamless version of the events of that fateful night but what they end up doing is creating a black hole of illogical and incomprehensible fabrications.
John and Patsy, a "loving couple" have no contact from the time the car pulls into the driveway until Patsy discovers the ransom note the next morning.
Patsy neglects to tell police in her 911 call that the kidnappers have threatened the life of their daughter if police are called and that they are watching the house.
Although the kidnappers state in the note that the Ramseys are not to talk to a stray dog or their daughter will be beheaded, they immediately call several friends and invite them over. They tell interviewers that they wish they had invited over more friends.
John spots a suspicious van parked in the back alley but doesn't mention it to the houseful of police.
Patsy would like us to believe that the former beauty queen doesn't need a daily shower or clean clothes, just a face full of makeup to start her day.
John would like us to believe that he spies the alleged escape hatch of the kidnappers, the broken window in the basement with the suitcase poised underneath but never mentions this breakthrough to the many police upstairs.
John and Patsy state that they believe the killer is communicating to the woman in Wisconsin via the internet, yet neither contact her, ever!
They write a memorial together for the first anniversary of JonBenet's death and their friends the Stines edit this. Mysteriously, the odd phrase "and, hence" appears in the edited version. The Ramseys never consider the Stines as the possible authors of the ransom note or mention the coincidence to the police.
Patsy states in the book and John restates in his interview with Barbara Walters that "the nightgown was not suppose to be there." I ask you, who else but the killers would know that.
And on and on ad nauseum...
The last laugh is the "Chronicle of Cooperation", the chapter, that purports to show the extent to which they cooperated with the Police. This chapter should be renamed "The Charade of Concealment". The Ramseys reluctantly submitted to the absolute minimum amount of scrutiny - tissue specimens, hand writing samples and routine questions.
When you compare Steve Thomas's version ("JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation"} of events immediately following the murder to their insipid diatribe, you realize the chilling depths to which the Ramseys will sink. All the time, that they would have us believe that they were cooperating, they were choreographing an elalorate and extensive private investigation, independent of the police.
This parallel effort only served to obfuscate the truth, deflect suspicion and compromise the value of testimonial evidence of all other witnesses.
In the Ramsey Zone, John and Patsy's book is an effort to keep us in the dark. Steve Thomas' book strives to illuminate. As Justice Brandeis once said, "Light is the greatest disinfectant." Perhaps, some day, JonBenet will show us the light.