The Grand Jury indicted John and Patsy Ramsey for "death by child abuse" in the case, with Alex Hunter, the DA, using passivity in language to conceal, for many years, his refusal to sign the indictment. In an upcoming work, a full analysis of the ransom note should tell us:
1. The intention of the ransom note: the author's priority
2. The background of the author, including gender, race and age
3. The experiences in life of the author, including education, life experiences, beliefs, and so on.
4. The personality of the author. Is the author cruel, and without human empathy? Or, is the author...?
If you wish to know if the threat is real, or the threat level, you must know the one making the threat.
Know the author and you'll know the threat.
Let's take a look at sexual abuse indications within language.
Any word in a sentence that is not necessary to complete the sentence is very important. It took more effort for the subject to use, making it important to him. What sometimes is difficult to understand is:
It is the question, "why?" that we seek to understand. We ask, "Why does the subject feel it necessary to include this in the sentence?" and explore for the answer. Sometimes the answer comes in the interview, but other times it comes in context, or by the statement itself.
Three Specific Elements: Lights, Doors, and Water
We note that references to "lights" in a statement are often indicative of sexual activity. It can be positive (completed or 'successful') sexual activity, or it could be failed (incomplete, disrupted) sexual activity. Sometimes the context helps us understand. Light speaks to energy, and sexual arousal, itself, has a physiological reaction that is both a producer and a result of energy.
Doors are sometimes noted within language, when used unnecessarily, by those who have been sexually abused in childhood.
This is not difficult to understand why.
When a child is sexually abused, the trauma is dependent upon the brain's reaction. The child who is pre-speech is especially going to have long term consequences. Consider the impact of cortisone and other hormones with elevation without any quick receding: post trauma imprint is acute and can leave an imprint for many years. For some, it means hyper- vigilance while others, without processing the information, can be set off by certain smells that trigger memory. For some, the sound of the bedroom door opening, itself, lasts a lifetime. These victims will sometimes mention "doors" where there is no necessity of doing so, in an open statement.
The adult victim of childhood sexual abuse may reference "doors" without necessity in an open statement.
When asked about how he found his murdered daughter, Jonbenet, John Ramsey did not say, "I found her in the basement", which would be plain and direct. Instead, there were two distinct "steps" he takes in his account, both with stories all their own, and both vitally important to him and the case:
"I opened the door, turned on the light, and there she was." John Ramsey
In the case of Jonbenet, we had a sexualized child, frequent urinary tract infections, and bed wetting. When taken together, along with the language of the parents, it becomes evident that she was being sexually abused.
We note that references to "water" in a statement are often indicative of sexual guilt, need for cleansing, and can be found in sexual homicides.
Amanda Knox gave linguistic indication of being present for the murder of Meredith Kertchner, and when she said that she and her boyfriend took a shower, she went into detail; unnecessary detail in that, which is often associated with sexual homicide. She talked about how her boyfriend "washed my ears" and "my neck", and so on; all unnecessary inclusions. Her statement is "sexual homicide language 101" for classic study.
"I drove down I 95, stopped to get gas, washed up and proceeded..."
The above shows the need to explain why he stopped, but includes a reference to water and in the kidnapping and sexual homicide, it pointed to the time of death. Most would not feel the need to say they washed their hands or anything other than getting gas...a sexual homicide is different.
The commonalty of all three is "unnecessary" language.
We cannot, for example, enter a house without opening the door, yet few feel the need to add this detail.
"I went home and had dinner."
This is a very straight forward sentence. Now compare it to this:
" I went home, opened the door, and had dinner."
The additional and unnecessary wording has a story to tell and investigators and analysts must be listening.
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