Nearly all of the medical experts who have seen the autopsy report agree that this was not an accidental death. JonBenet Ramsey was deliberately and cruelly murdered.
JonBenet was strangled, not once, says Smit, but twice, with an intricately-made device known as a garrote, which had to have been made by the killer during the murder. Why? Because the garrote had hair intertwined with it – JonBenet’s hair.
“It’s a device, says Smit, that was not left there for show. Whoever killed JonBenet used the garrote to strangle her.
Smit believes that JonBenet was fighting for her life. There were marks that look a lot like scratches on her neck. “JonBenet was trying to take that off of her neck,” says Smit. “She did have her own DNA under her fingernails. She was struggling with that garrote. Whoever was there with her knew that she was struggling. This is a very vicious strangulation.”
At some point, the child was then hit over the head with such force it crushed her skull. But her nightmare wasn’t over. Shortly before she died, investigators believe she was sexually assaulted with a piece of the paintbrush that was used to make the garrote.
Smit is unaware of a single case in which a parent used a garrote like this to kill a child.
“This is one of the best clues left behind by the killer. This shows what’s going on in his mind. This is a sexual device. It’s a strangulation device. He’s a sexual sadist. I’m looking for a pedophile that’s a sexual sadist. That’s what Lou Smit’s looking for,” he says.
Then there is the partial footprint, left by someone wearing Hi-Tec shoes, on the floor of the room where JonBenet’s body was found.
“This is a very fresh print,” says Smit. “It shows somebody was in that room with JonBenet. The logo on the bottom of the shoe, it says Hi-Tec. And it’s quite distinctive.”
All of the shoes in that house were checked by the Boulder Police Department. None of those shoes match any of the prints there.”
But why would an intruder who intended to kill JonBenet leave the bizarre two and a half page ransom note, written with paper and a pen belonging to Patsy? Boulder Police have always believed that Patsy used it to make the killing look like a kidnapping.
If someone was targeting JonBenet, wouldn’t he bring the paper and the pencil to write the ransom note?
“Well if you want to look at it from a sophisticated criminal's mind, they probably wouldn’t bring it in. Why would you bring in something that could be traced back to your house?” asks Smit.
The evidence, says Smit, imply does not support the popular theory that the Ramseys struck their daughter and then tried to cover it up.
More than any other evidence, detective Lou Smit believes that small marks left on JonBenet’s face and back, prove that an intruder killed JonBenet.
“The killer had a stun gun. I am sure the killer had a stun gun,” he says.
He thinks the marks were made by a stun gun, an electrical weapon, which was used to incapacitate the little girl in order to move her to the basement. Smit believes only an intruder would need to use one.
“There is no reason at all for the parents to have a stun gun to help stage the murder of their daughter,” he says. “There’s nothing to indicate the Ramseys ever owned a stun gun.”