When I saw the previews for this season of Dr. Phil, there was another interview that I wanted to see with, Terri Horman, the step mother of Kryon Horman who disappeared in Oregon six years ago. I set my DVR to tape all the new episode so I could watch it whenever it aired. Today was supposed to be a random episode about a husband with a secret, but due to the huge response to the Burke Ramsey interview, they threw together another show and slapped it on the air today. Here are some highlights.
About Burke’s constant smiling. Dr. Phil says, he says it is just anxiety, he is not autistic, he’s not weird, he’s not creepy he is just socially awkward and nervous. He says that because of the circumstances he has been moved around a lot and lived in isolation a lot. He’s not comfortable being on camera.
I can buy that explanation I suppose. Societal norms when it comes to interaction with others is learned through experience. The rituals of out “tribes” are instilled in us with regard to things like personal space and facial reactions. Acceptable responses vary from tribe to tribe. Just the other day I was in line behind a woman from another country who would stand so close to me I could feel her body heat. We were practically touching. Clearly she had a different idea of personal space. I ended up standing in front of my cart in order to get the personal space I needed between us. If Burke’s primary interactions were with his mother, the pageant queen and his father who is also quite smiley, I can see this being his natural demeanor. But it sure does raise some suspicions. And I may want a second opinion from someone other than Dr. Phil.
Why did Burke agree to the interview? Because the 20th anniversary is approaching and he knew it was all about to start again. People were already contacting him for all the numerous shows that are currently airing.
Was Burke ever considered a suspect? Dr. Phil’s says no. He was only considered a witness. This is not exactly true. I’ve read and watched police and others saying that the possibility of the parents covering for someone (Burke) was a serious theory under consideration, and perhaps the most likely. Dr. Phil condemns the Boulder police and seems adamant that the family is not guilty. He sites Lou Smit who is the guy we see on some of the show climbing through the basement window.
Why did Burke give so many one word answers? Why didn’t you follow up with more questions? Dr. Phil says because he was not a suspect. He was a nine years old at the time. He says, “not one agency on the face of the globe considers him a suspect. He is also talking about something that happened 20 years ago.
What DNA was found and where and whose was it? He says there was DNA evidence taken from a blood spot on the band of Jon Benet’s underwear that belonged to an unknown male. He makes it sound like it was blood from an unknown male it was not. the blood was Jon Benet’s and the DNA was touch DNA which could have been there since the garments were constructed in the factory. In 2008, the touch DNA excluded John and any Ramsey family members. They presented this information as if the families exclusion from the touch DNA that could have happened at any time prior to the murder meant that they could not have committed the murders. This is because the inept Boulder Police also took the results that way and issued a statement exonerating the Ramseys and apologized for contributing to their grief by considering both parents AND BURKE (despite what Dr. Phil said) as suspects. For me this was a ridiculous apology not just because the DNA not matching doesn’t mean they couldn’t have murdered Jon Benet, but also because when child dies from suspicious injuries in the family home, it is almost always at the hands of a family member. Every news station ran the story that the Ramseys are cleared. Lin Wood got the case moved to the DA’s office and away from the police. Remember the police and the DA disagreed on the Ramsey’s guilt from the beginning. So of course Lin Wood wanted the case out of the police jurisdiction and into the DA’s. The same DA who refused to prosecute even after the grand jury indicted the parents.
What about the story about there being no footprints in the snow? Doesn’t that mean someone in the house killed Jon Benet? There was no snow on the ground. The police are accused of leaking that false statement. The media reported the leak.
Why didn’t the Ramsey’s speak to the police? They did speak to the police. However, they got a call from a friend that said that the Boulder Police were targeting them and they needed to be careful. So they hired an attorney. Dr.Phil also says that Patsy had a demeanor that didn’t fit with what the community thought a grieving widow should look like. Just like Burke.
What about the bed wetting story? Dr Phil shows a photo of Jon Benet’s bed that does not appear to be wet. Lin Wood says that there were no urine stains on the bed. Lin Wood says that it was another story put out by the police. He doesn’t mention Burke saying in his interview that the Jon Benet wet the bed.
What about Burke’s voice on the 911 call? No evidence to support it.
Did Patsy and John take lie detector tests? Yes but not through Boulder police. They took them multiple times. Patsy’s first one was inconclusive but they passed the others.
What about the ransom note? Patsy could not be ruled out as the author of the ransom note. One person called by Lin Wood in a defamation case said that Patsy was a 4.5 out of 5 of being ELIMINATED. This was an expert higher by the Ramsey’s attorney.
What about the sexual abuse allegations? There was never a formal finding that she was sexually abused. There is no finding in the autopsy of previous sexual abuse. There was evidence of vaginal trauma from the night that she died. Dr. Phil goes on to say “probably from the paintbrush” but this is not something mentioned in the autopsy. Jon Benet’s doctor has stated numerous times he had never seen evidence of any sexual abuse.
What is Burke like when he is not on camera? Dr. Phil says “he’s happy.” We see more footage of him smiling. He is a computer programmer who works remotely from his home. He keeps to himself. He has a girlfriend. From a psychological perspective, Dr. Phil says that he has had no unusual instances in his 29 years. No issues with the law. There is nothing unusual about Burke or his demeanor.
On Monday Burke will tell us who he thinks killed Jon Benet.