Are we up for one more Jon Benet investigative show?
The CBS miniseries was supposed to be six hours long and has been cut down to four hours, two hours Sunday night and two hours Monday night. The series was also supposed to be called Case Closed which makes it seem like they were going to accuse someone of murder on national TV. Eventually, it seems someone explained that you can’t do that. The first two hours are recapped here, Monday nights episode will be discussed in comments.
All of the people on the investigative team are fairly qualified. Except Werner Spitz who in my opinion is not a credible source of any findings, he’s a media ME for hire and generally says what whoever is paying him wants to hear. Like he did in the Phil Spector case and others. Allegedly. In my opinion.
The Phone Call
Right away the team has a problem with the 911 call. Patsy begins by saying, “We have a kidnapping here” who is we? She also never mentions her name or the name of the missing child until asked. They are all concerned that Patsy hung up rather than staying on the line until the police got there. This crew is going to use the very latest technology to figure out what they heard on the tape going on in the house after she hung up. They act like they have found some new intel when actually this was all released by the year 2000 as follows.
Patsy apparently had trouble hanging up the telephone, and before it rested on the cradle she was heard to moan, “Help me, Jesus, Help me, Jesus.” Her husband was heard to bark, “We’re not talking to you.” And in the background was a young-sounding voice: “What did you find?” It was Jon Benet’s brother, Burke.
The fact that they all act as if they are just finding this out and have never read this information that has been all over the Internet for years convinces me that this is a farce. They bring in the 911 operator and this proves only that she is an idiot.
The Ransom Note
The ransom note contains movie quotes from Dirty Harry and Speed. “Don’t try to grow a brain, John.” Is a quote supposedly from the movie Speed. I can see Patsy using that phrase toward her husband frequently after seeing the movie. They time themselves on how long it takes to write the ransom note. It took them 21 minutes to copy it. It would take longer to compose it while writing.
I’m bored. Still nothing new. We already know, a kidnapper stand in the kitchen writing several drafts of a ransom note in the house, a kidnapper doesn’t molest or kill the victim in the house, a kidnapper takes the victim with them when they kidnap someone, a kidnapper calls to set up a ransom, the ransom not is full of nonsense. It’s very obvious that the ransom note is a cover up. Either someone in the house was staging the scene, or an intruder staged the scene before leaving. The second option makes no sense. The intruder would have no reason to make it look like a kidnapping if he is leaving a body.
The Police Arrive
This is news to me. John Ramsey apparently disappeared for an hour and a half while the police were there. I thought they were all sort of held in the sun room at some point. This guy speaking now says the ransom not made them focus on the family and they wanted to keep visual contact with everyone and it was a this point they found out John went somewhere. Newsflash, he was in his den. They make it seem like he went out somewhere. And when he came back, he was agitated. However, the responding officers all noticed that John and Patsy did not stay in the same room, she was with her friends in the sun room sobbing and he was his den. No police detectives had arrived yet. Just the responding officers. The detective speaking says that his idea was to have John search the house from top to bottom looking for signs of disturbance simply to keep him busy and in the house. This guy says as soon as John found out the house was going to be searched top to bottom he grabbed his friend Flint White and they went immediately to the basement. When he brought the body upstairs he laid her on the carpet and the body was immediately contaminated with anything on the carpet from all the people who walked through the house.
James Kolar, former chief investigator for the District Attorney in Boulder, Colorado walks us through a mockup of some of the rooms. Was all that construction really necessary?
The ransom note was found on the third stair from the bottom of the spiral staircase that comes from the Ramsey’s third floor master bedroom into the kitchen. That’s an odd place to leave a ransom note. Why not the kitchen counter?
In the room where the body was found, the window was open and there was a suitcase underneath the window. Kolar wonders if the perp was planning to put the body in the suitcase to remove it from the house and got interrupted. By the time Kolar arrived, the body had been removed. In some statements, a witness said that John called out that Jon Benet was there before he turned on the light. Kolar says that the police were told to treat the Ramseys as the victims and not as suspects, presumably due to their standing in the community. Supposedly, John Ramsey made a call to the airport to ready his plane for takeoff. I am not sure if I heard this before. That is weird. The police didn’t interview the Ramseys for several days because they were too distraught.
The investigators want to talk to Fleet and Priscilla White who were the Ramsey’s best friends and two of the people that they called to come over as soon as the note was found. They were called two minutes after the 911 call. Fleet White criticized the Boulder police for not interviewing the Ramseys immediately. They meet with Fleet but he will not allow cameras. They come back with no information at all. They say he has a lot information but he doesn’t want to share it on camera. So why didn’t they just sit down and listen to the information?
Then they ridiculously knock on doors of the neighbors, and the church bothering people for information. No one wants to talk to them. They manage to talk to their gardener and one of Patsy friends who was on a softball team with her. The name of the team was Moms Gone Bad. Seriously. Her big contribution was to let us know that the Ramsey’s circle of friends banded together to be sure no one spoke to the media. This lady did and was shut out of the group.
This is where Werner Spitz comes in and I check out. This man is not credible. If you google “Werner Spitz lied” you will see pages of links to testimony he has given under oath that were highly questionable and not supported by any other medical examiner. Here is just one example.
They do point out things like an intruder did not need to stop and make an intricate garrote to kill a six-year-old.
Ah, Dr. Lee is calling out Spitz. I love it, Spitz tried to say the flashlight was the instrument of death and it may be; however Dr. Lee points out there was no DNA found on the flashlight. Dr. Lee agrees that the cause of death was brain trauma due to a blunt object but not whatever hocus pocus Spitz went into that I tuned out while searching for pics for this post. Dr. Lee seems sort of embarrassed to be there and says, “We don’t have the complete picture.”
I skipped through all the little experiments with Spitz. I’m sure they are as dumb as the rest of them.
The CNN Interview
At the time of this interview that has not yet done individual interviews with the Bolder Police. It’s weird. They ask if she is fully convinced that her daughter has been kidnapped. I assume they mean at the time they call police. Both Patsy and John shake their head no while John says, “yes.” John also tacks on to his answer, “we are a loving and gentle family.” Gentle? Who says that? He always wants to know why this happened. He doesn’t say ‘who’ he says ‘why.’ Also weird. It’s as if they know who did it, but not why.
Both John and Patsy seem truthful to me and the investigators when they say they did not kill Jon Benet. But when they talk about the killer on the loose, they appear to be deceptive.
I will not be recapping this series any farther. I find the entire thing rather ridiculous and void of anything new. However, we can certainly talk about it tonight in comments here as the second half is aired tonight at 9 pm on CBS.
The show ends with a disclaimer that basically says no one knows who killed Jon Benet and that all family members have denied any involvement, and they are just guessing and we should draw our own conclusions.
Okay, let’s get to arguing.