We watched Part 3 of Dr. Phil’s interviews with BurkeRamsey and his father. At the end, Dr. Phil had us pretty well convinced, after listening to Burke, John and the family attorney, Lin Wood, that the Boulder police had completely mishandled the investigation and targeted the Ramseys. Burke, who is now 29, looked uncomfortable responding to Dr. Phil’s questions. Dr. Phil defended his awkward manner as normal for very private person such as Burke Ramsey.
Far from revealing any new “shocking details” Burke Ramsey did not actually reveal anything new. All that came up was that the police failed to mention that there was “no snow” when they stated that there were no footprints in the snow which would lead them to believe there was an outside intruder. We were then left to conclude that, if Burke had accidentally killed his sister – as it appeared that neither of the parents did – there would not have been any footprints outside anyway. Basically, according to Dr. Phil, none of the family were involved and we still know nothing.
Case closed, right?
Well, not exactly. We decided to watch a concurrent 2-episode program entitled “The Case of JonBenet Ramsey.” This was a new independent investigation, right from the beginning, by Jim Clemente, a retired FBI Profiler, and Laura Richards, a former Scotland Yard Behavioral Analyst. They worked with an investigative team of experts in the fields of forensic science (Dr. Henry Lee), forensic pathology (Dr. Werner Spitz), forensic linguistics (Jim Fitzgerald), a former investigator with the Boulder District Attorney’s Office (James Kolar), and a statement analyst (Stan Burke) which brought up some very interesting theories.
The team also brought to light the unusual complete cessation of co-operation between the DA’s Office and the Boulder Police and the then District Attorney’s comment that calling for a Grand Jury was a political decision. Their conclusions seemed to intimate that it is possible that Burke could have accidentally killed his sister and that his parents, not wanting to lose another child, did everything they could to protect him.
Rather than us trying to act as jury, the only suggestion we would make is for you to watch both Dr. Phil’s interviews and “The Case of JonBenet Ramsey” and see if you are able to come to any final conclusions – we certainly aren’t! Both these programs make fascinating viewing.
The only thing we would like to see happen is for all the old DNA evidence to be retested under today’s protocols to see if anything new can be found in this sad case.
Question: Were the Dr. Phil interviews a preemptive attempt to steer viewers in a certain direction prior to the presentation of the Clemente team findings? Who knows?