Skip to comments.Legal analyst: Break in (JonBenet) Ramsey case could be Hoax
Posted on 08/17/2006 1:41:53 PM PDT by Arec Barrwin
Legal analyst: Break in Ramsey case could be hoax
DENVER (KUSA) - 9NEWS legal analyst Scott Robinson believes there are still too many questions about the suspect, John Mark Karr, to feel confident about conviction.
In this particular case when you have an uncorroborated confession, I think its good to be cynical and to be skeptical, Robinson said. The suspect seems to be ducking questions about his connection to the Ramsey family how the little girl came to be in the basement with him in the first place.
Robinson believes one thing is clear, however. This is the biggest development in the case so far.
This is either the break that we have all been waiting for, or the biggest hoax thats ever been perpetrated in the JonBenet Ramsey case, a case that has had its share of wacky people involved in it.
However, DNA evidence could make this an open and shut case in a very short period of time.
If they can tie [Karr] to the Ramsey home, or to any of the physical evidence at the scene the case is pretty much done and over, Robinson said.
These days you can get a presumptive DNA test done in a day if you have good tissue and certainly a definitive result in a week. So we will know pretty soon if there is a DNA match, Robinson explained after being asked how long it might take to get this evidence evaluated.
The problem Robinson is concerned with is what happens if the DNA evidence is inconclusive.
His father says this is a young man who became obsessed with the case and wrote about it for a college paper. That sets the stage for a potential defense that [Karr] didnt commit the crime, hes just obsessed with it.
Will the various issues with compromised evidence and crime scene have a major impact on the outcome of the case? Robinson believes it may help the prosecution as much as it could help the defense.
Thats a sword that cuts both ways. For those advocating his guilt, perhaps thats why his DNA was not found at the scene, because the scene was hopelessly compromised in the first few moments of the investigation.
When asked if he believed the day of an arrest would ever arrive, he responded with conviction.
Never! Ever! Its an extraordinary development, Robinson said. What we are looking at here is either: the biggest break ever in the JonBenet Ramsey case, or the biggest hoax since the young girls body was found in the basement.
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This doesn't belong in breaking news. It's a report by a local legal analyst.
Cynicism is a way of life for some of us here at FR, a Rush to Judgment is the order of the day for others.
We'll know soon enough.
He may be working on a book for all we know and is just getting some pre-publicity.
Very wierd.....I'm not thinking he did it.....but WHY would anyone do THIS??
Just returned from DU where the nutjobs think this is a Rovian plot to distract from Ned Lamont's "momentum." Then again, what don't they consider a Rovian plot.
I think it's safe to say that apologies to the Ramsey family can be deferred for the moment.
Put me in the skeptical camp also.
Seems to me he`s one of those wackos who gets off fantasizing about killing kids and this whole "confession" stuff is one more way for him to get his rocks off, make it real in his mind. Is he Islamic?
Another theory I heard early on is that he was facing who knows what in Thailand, he knew about the Ramsey case, and just used the confession to get back to the states to avoid the Dark Hole of Siam or something like that.
"This doesn't belong in breaking news. It's a report by a local legal analyst."
Hmmm, I don't see it in my sidebar... perhaps you are reading the title and reading something in it:
"Legal analyst: Break in (JonBenet) Ramsey case could be Hoax"
Why restrict it to just FR? The world. LOL
Thank for checking them out for us, Callahan. I love to hear what the DUmmies are freaking out about now!
According to what I've read and heard, there are a lot of people crazy enough to "confess" to crimes they didn't do. That may well be the case here. I do know that this guy was one of the men named by the Ramseys to police, but don't know the particulars.
something's definitely odd, but the authorities have said this guy possesses info only thew killer would know, then there should at least be a way to track that info from this guy back to the killer, who would have shared such info with him.
To a glorious hell-bent few, it is the world. ;-)
It could be a hoax, but I find it difficult to believe, with all the other law enforcement involved, state and federal and overseas, and all the agencies involved, that they would all go along on this if all Boulder had was some emails.
But I admit, he looks more and more like someone just yearning for attention and involvement in this case in any way he can get it.
To get out of Thailand - wasn't he up on child pornography charges there? I mean, who would want to spend even 1 day in a Thai jail?
Or he got caught and is now playing the crazy card to avoid the death penalty.
Karr's ex-wife thinks he is creepy. She was interviewed by a San Jose paper earlier. She has no reason, on the surface, to lie. And yet she claims he was in Alabama with her for Christmas when the murder occurred. His presence in Alabama can easily be corroborated, one way or the other.
The evidence in the case (tainted by police mishandling):
-DNA found under JonBenet's fingernails,
-The cord found around her neck and the duct tape across her mouth,
-A pubic hair found on her blanket,
-The ransom note,
-The stun gun that might have been used to subdue her,
-A palm print found on the cellar door,
-A footprint of a Hi-Tec hiking boot found near her body.
If the DNA or palm print matches, this guy's toast.... If not, we have another case like the Duke Rugby Scandal underway where the DA is out of touch.
I'll say. Especially the ransom note in Patsy's handwriting.
Guilty or not..he is still creepy.
That's funny, I figured they'd just blame it on Bush.
No, really here's the deal. He is like Alison Dubois on Medium, so when he says he was there, he really just watched it in his mind, and...well....never mind....
This case has been so weird from the get go.
Actually, I thought they only said they could not exclude Patsy as the writer of the note, not that she for sure wrote it.
But then I don't know much about handwriting analysis.
Actually, false confessions in heavily publicized murder cases are quite common. The world is filled with cranks and people who are three bricks short of a load.
I think he just wanted to get back to the USA & not end up in a jail there.
Ping to my 31. He was NOT in trouble in Thailand.
You could be right...it's been so many years. But I do recall quite of bit of talking head yakking about this point at the time.
I believe I heard that he was about to begin a job teaching a second grade class in Thailand.
I do too, but it was mentioned on the news yesterday (that she couldn't be excluded, not that they were sure she wrote it). That's the only reason I knew that. (or, perhaps it's not true anyway--this case has more twists and turns!)
One book I read said that Patsy could write with her left hand, a fact known to those close to her, and to her old friends from her younger days, but not to the police so they never asked her to submit a left-handed sample.
The problem with a 10 year old case like this is what exactly is there that "only the killer" could know. For one thing they really mean "only the killer and the cops" because if the cops didn't know it then how can they know it's true when the confessed killer says it. For another lots and lots of cops have been on this case for various lengths of time and at least some of them (by pure statistical reality of how people are) have blabbed something they probably shouldn't have. I certainly hope that he's the guy and they've got enough evidence and he fries, but the whole Alabama thing makes me think it's probably none of the above.
Well, it's too late for that now.
Guy on another thread had a very plausible idea: you're a pedophile in a Thai jail. Not liking the idea of spending years in a Third World jail, you make up a story so you can be extradited to the US.
He was not in jail in Thailand.
I rush to cynical judgement, because that's usually the shortest route to the truth ;)
He was arrested at his apartment.
Lamont is going to lose if you believe polls. Those DUer's have no concept of reality.
I am starting to have some doubts. He is probably mentally ill.
It is all very strange, but we don't know what evidence has been withheld in the case.
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