Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Interview with Stephen Singular

Prime Suspects

Prime Suspects

Q: Why do you think those closest to the case and the general public were so quick to implicate John and Patsy for JonBenet's death?

Because it's easy. People need to hate other people and the media feeds this need. It's in the business of creating demons and selling them to the public. None of this has anything to do with solving murder cases. It's just dollars and cents. As for the cops who were so certain the Ramseys were guilty, they were merely looking at the statistic that says in 10 out of 11 cases in which a child is found dead in the house, a parent did it. They were going by the book. But nothing in this case — nothing at all — comes close to fitting the book.

Q: If JonBenet hadn't been involved in child beauty pageants, do you think the case would have drawn the same amount of media attention?

The images that drew everyone into the case are, in my view, the same images that drew JonBenet's killer to her. She was a marketable commodity so she was going to be exploited for someone's gain. It is very interesting that we are all drawn to look at those images, over and over again, yet there has been great resistance to the notion that someone outside the family would also have been drawn to the child and participated in her death. We don't like to admit, as a society, how troubling the sexualization and exploitation of children is, so we've tried to lay this entire case off on JonBenet's mother. It is an example of extreme denial.

Q: Why do you think the Boulder authorities failed to indict John and Patsy Ramsey?

Because the hard evidence points away from them. Given that, they could never win a trial against the Ramseys.

Q: Do you think the polygraph test that the Ramseys took was a valid test? If not, why not?

The test is valid but that is not the main point. Who created the questions, why were they fashioned exactly as they were, and why were the parents not asked the same things? Why wasn't John Ramsey asked about the creation of the ransom note? The fact that they were asked different questions, and that the Ramseys set it up that way, signifies a conflict of interest between the parents and that they each know different things. They passed the test because I don't believe that they killed their daughter or know exactly who did. They could answer those questions safely. But could Mr. Ramsey safely be asked about his involvement with the note or the aftermath of the crime? That is a question the media has never posed to him and it needs to be asked by both reporters and the police.

Q: Why do you think the Boulder authorities insisted that the FBI conduct the test?

The Boulder police want to control the test and ask different questions. That's what needs
to happen in any future polygraph test, if it is to be valid or to reveal any new information.

Q: According to reports in the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post, the Boulder police seem reluctant to meet with the Ramseys. Do you have any idea why?

The Ramseys aren't going to tell them anything more now than they have since the case started. So a meeting most likely won't go anywhere. It is all public relations. That's all the case has been about so far. No one has wanted to look behind the ugly door of what is being done to children in many different places and recognize that this is not a simple crime of a mother gone bad, but a social crime that has left the entire legal system and media looking foolish. Until the police start asking the Ramseys different questions, I don't think another interview will produce any results.

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