Saturday, August 24, 2013
Account of Jonbenet Ramsey Indictment
What do you think the conversation between him and the Ramsey attorneys was like? How could he justify his decision to not sign the indictment, a legal manuever most of us had, prior to this case, never heard of?
The Grand Jury heard the evidence against John and Patsy Ramsey and voted to indict them in her death. This meant that they would then be arrested for Jonbenet's death, and be able to enter a plea, and the likely advance to a sensational criminal trial, one in which the entire nation would be glued to via television.
It would have everything network desires: wealthy, affluent parent and a sexualized flamboyantly outfitted murdered child. It would have the former FBI profiler, John Douglas, speaking on behalf of John Ramsey and how he did not fit the profile of a killer, while the state would counter that it may have been John Douglas' own book which gave the Ramseys the notion of staging the crime scene.
It would have had medical testimony that focused on the many urinary tract infections, consistent with child abuse, along with the medical examiner's testimony that she had been a victim of sexual abuse. We would have heard testimony about not only the sexualization in dress, make up, false teeth, and appearance but the chronic bed wetting and why this can also be linked to childhood sexual abuse.
We would have heard experts on both sides, with experts seeking to sink each others' testimonies.
Alas, the nation, and Jonbenet herself, was robbed of justice by the cowardly decision made by an elected official, sworn to uphold justice.
What might have happened?
The following is a fictional account offered for your consideration in how a decision to not sign the indictment, may have been justified by Hunter, along with the attorneys he longed to find acceptance with.
Police believed that Alex Hunter deliberately sabotaged the chance for a trial due to fear of having an entire nation watch him go to pieces on national television. As went the trial, so would go the career of Hunter.
What might have the high powered attorneys said to Hunter? How did they play him?
"Alex, you're one of us...our equal. You don't want to go through with this. You know it was an accidental death and we'd destroy you on television. Nancy Grace would demonize you and your career, your fine, crime fighting career, would be in tatters. No law firm would want you and you'd be relegated to teaching in some small, freezing, two-bit law school somewhere. You've got a fine life here in Boulder. You don't need this. Think of all the good work you've done, and all the criminals you're going to put away if you let this go. Do what's right, Alex. You're too valuable to throw it away on these people. They're going to move away, anyway, so you won't have to be reminded of them. The mother's cancer is likely to return and when they are long forgotten by the public, you'll be enjoying your retirement in the Rocky Mountains...you're one of us, Alex. Perhaps, if you should get bored here, we could have a place for you in Atlanta. There's money to be made, a book deal, movie deal. Hey, our people will make some calls and we'll always speak highly of you, Alex..."
Today, all that remains is bitterness of a case in which the analysts, early on, were right, as far as the Grand Jury results.
How this did not leak earlier is not understood, though it appears that the Grand Jury took its oath of secrecy very seriously, until finally, someone had enough and leaked out the information, the news...
Indicted in the child abuse death of their daughter, Jonbenet Ramsey, are John Ramsey and Patsy Ramsey.
Statement Analysis showed:
The Ransom Note is a fake
Patsy is the author
John and Patsy Ramsey were deceptive
Sexual abuse was in play in the language.
The Grand Jury voted and Hunter declined to sign the indictment.
"I and my prosecution task force believe we do not have sufficient evidence to warrant a filing of charges against anyone who has been investigated at this time."
He and his team could tell themselves whatever they wanted to, but their duty was the same: to represent the police who gave evidence to a jury of citizens who heard it, and voted to indict both John and Patsy Ramsey in the child abuse death of six year old, Jonbenet.
John Ramsey, now almost 70, dismissed it as "more drama" and cashed in a year earlier with a book of his own.