Saturday, August 26, 2006

CASE CLOSED! - update

by blogger jgl

original posting from rocky mountain news

Boulder District Attorney investigator Mark Spray has contacted a man who believes he could have encountered the JonBenet Ramsey murder suspect on a bus in the early morning hours of Dec. 26, 1996.

Daniel Pride, now of Portsmouth, N.H., said he was at the downtown bus station in Boulder sometime shortly after 12:30 a.m. when a man arrived, behaving strangely and bearing a resemblance to John Mark Karr, arrested last week in the case.

He said the man didn't want to be noticed and pulled away when Pride asked if he had a light for a cigarette. The man boarded the same bus as Pride, and exchanged strange glances with him once aboard, Pride said.


I'll admit it. When you're wrong, you're wrong. I thought for sure that when they found that guy that thought he might have seen someone that may have looked something like John Karr at a bus stop 10 years ago... I really took a bath on that one.

What's the deal with this DNA evidence? Does anyone know if they have a full profile? no hits in CODIS? have they revisited the evidence with mini-strs? Is this public information or is it intellectual property of the state of Colorado?

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

NEWSFLASH! Possible Conspiracy!

stolen from; comments by blogger jgl

This news article is kind of misleading. It seems to suggest that the "single bullet" JFK theory is fatally flawed. Actually, it just *might* be fatally flawed.

Basically, in 1976 an assassination commission hired some bullet guy do some elemental analysis on bullet fragments. He said it looked like 2 bullets were found in the Kennedy car. Everyone now seems to agree that this elemental analysis of bullets is crap. In other words, there *could* have been more than 2 bullets. But this new "review" doesn't suggest that there definitely were more than 2 bullets.

According to Guinn, one set of fragments from the president's brain and the limousine in front of the president had around .06 percent antimony, and all came from the bullet that killed JFK. The other set of fragments from the governor's wrist and a nearly intact bullet found on a stretcher at the hospital had closer to .08 percent antimony and were pieces of the infamous "single bullet."

Based on evidence including the bullet lead, the committee concluded in 1979 that both shots had come from Oswald's gun...

...The FBI claimed that like a fingerprint, each batch of lead has a unique chemical signature, so the specific amounts of impurities in a lead bullet could match it with other bullets from the same batch. For example, if bullets at a suspect's house were found to have the same impurity signature as a bullet or fragment found at a murder scene, it was treated as evidence tying the suspect to the crime.

Randich's training as a metallurgist told him there was something wrong with this reasoning.

The Randich and Grant article is in Journal of Forensic Sciences, July 2006.

Weirdo Alert!

by blogger jgl

This article is just the latest from this whole ridiculous thing. I never followed the case that closely. What is the deal with the DNA evidence? Do they have a full str profile? It was on her underwear, but not semen? What's the theoretical source?

Also, we were told the reason they arrested this guy (they must have received dozens of false confessions) is because he knew something only the killer would know. Well, what is that something? Did I miss it?

This is shameful if this guy just turns out to be a pervert liar.

With so much riding on a DNA match, the slower pace of events may reflect the prosecutor's wish to follow a strict protocol, experts said.

Although authorities reportedly took DNA from the suspect in Bangkok, potential legal and technical questions could plague a sample taken overseas, said Lawrence Kobilinsky, professor of forensic science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

And could we please stop referring to him as John Mark Karr. We get it. People with 3 names are famous murderers. Cripes!