The Final Suspects

Episode Info

In this special behind the scenes episode of The Killing Of JonBenet: The Final Suspects, the audience is brought into the inner circle of the investigative team as they listen into a production meeting at the onset of the project. Executive Producers Dylan Howard and Matt Sprouse talk to investigative reporters Doug Longhini and Doug Montero, as well as the mysterious internet expert known only as Jameson, about the upcoming investigation that will utilize deceased lead detective Lou Smit’s list of uncleared suspects. If you have information that could help our investigators and the Ramseys identify JonBenet’s killer, please email us at
Hi Jams,

Great first episode!

US magazine

‘The Killing of JonBenet: The Final Suspects’ Producer Shares John Ramsey’s ‘Heartbreaking’ New Confession

Ahead of the premiere of “The Killing of JonBenét: The Final Suspects,” executive producer Dylan Howard met up with the late JonBenét Ramsey’s father, John Ramsey, who participated in the highly anticipated podcast.
“He said something that was so heartbreaking,” Howard reveals in a special behind-the-scenes episode. “He said to me that JonBenét was killed because of him.”
The investigative journalist explains that John, 76, believes he and JonBenét were “targeted” ahead of her death in December 1996.
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“He had just sold his business to a significant company that obviously gave him millions and millions of dollars. So someone may have been jealous of his success,” Howard speculates. “He said to me, ‘I live every day knowing that my daughter was killed, likely, because of me.’ And that broke my heart.”
John and Patsy Ramsey leave their attorney Lin Wood’s office during a break in the Ramseys’ questioning by Boulder, Colorado, authorities in Atlanta, Georgia.
Fellow executive producer Matt Sprouse notes that John is aware it may be “too late to get justice” in the unsolved case, but the businessman hopes “to get these answers for his children and his grandchildren.”
“He knows that it’s too late to get justice in some ways for JonBenét because someone has gotten away with this for 23 years, but at least he can go to his grave knowing that he found answers for his family,” Sprouse says.
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JonBenét was found dead on Christmas Day at her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado. A handwritten ransom note was also infamously discovered in the house.
Initially, authorities suspected that John and his wife, Patsy Ramsey, were involved in the murder, but the couple, along with JonBenét’s brother, Burke Ramsey, were eventually cleared.
If you have information that could help investigators and the Ramseys identify JonBenét’s killer, please email
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There are several problems with this podcast on Stitcher.

The second episode, Christmas Tragedy, has a misstatement of fact early on when Cyril Wecht and another person are describing the injuries to JonBenét.  At one point, the speaker other than Wecht says, " ... cracking those two occipital lobes."  Lobes cannot be cracked because they are not bones.  Also, there is only one occipital bone. I've notified Doug Longhini, hoping that this will get fixed because it makes the commentators look like they don't know what they're talking about.

Stitcher has mixed episodes of the killing of Marily Monroe (as opposed to suicide) with the killing of JonBenét so that if you view episodes of The Killing of JonBenét, you'll see episodes of both of these shows listed together as if they were one show.  I've notified Stitcher because this makes their work look sloppy. Edit: This is a producer problem, not the fault of Stitcher.

I've found that the Firefox browser isn't fully supported under Stitcher, either.  If you go to the site at this time, neither "Get the App" nor "Listen" work as selections under either Windows 10 or Ubuntu Linux.  Again, this makes their work look sloppy as if they never tested Firefox.  The site does work with Edge.

I was disappointed that no mention was made of the punched-out fragment of bone that was part of JonBenét's skull fracture.  This fragment is very important because the ultimate yield strength for shear stress of bone is very high.  The fact that there is such a fragment makes it impossible for Patsy and unlikely for anyone else whomsoever to have slammed JonBenét into something like a bathtub as described by disgraced former detective Steve Thomas.  The existence of this fragment severely limits the type of injury that could possibly have caused it, and it severely limits the type of surface that came into contact with her head.  The radius of curvature of whatever struck her is about one-quarter of an inch.  It also renders this injury nearly impossible to have been an accident.  Someone would have had to have been wildly swinging a golf club, a fire poker, a flashlight, etc. about in the middle of the night while JonBenét just happened to walk into it, or while they walked toward JonBenét.  Furthermore, the evidence from autopsy suggests that while this was happening, JonBenét was already dead or dying.

I hope that they discuss this skull frament in later episodes.  I also hope that the producers of this show and the folks at Stitcher take more care in production in the future.  The main reason that JonBenét has not received justice is that so many people have failed her.
I heard back from Stitcher support.  They say that the podcaster is responsible for mixing up the episodes of the killing of Marilyn Monroe (as opposed to suicide) with the killing of JonBenét.  I cannot help but wonder if the fact that the two podcasts start with "The Killing of" resulting in similar links of "the-killing-of" may have caused an error.  Accepting auto-completion without inspecting it closely is a potential candidate.  One would think that permissions should have prevented it, though.  Anyway, it's the podcasters doing, not theirs according to them.
For those familiar with the case, the latest installment of The Final Suspects (The Case Against the Ramseys) offers nothing new.  BPD focused on the Ramseys and never took the case anywere else.  The content of this episode could have been handled in sixty seconds.

The podcasters have now mixed in the death of JFK Jr. with the Ramsey case in addition to the case of Marilyn Monroe under a URL that contains "the-killing-of-Marilyn-Monroe."   It's now looking like purposeful advertising of their other shows, but in a sloppy and unprofessional manner.  The participants seem committed and sincere, but the podcasters are making the whole project look rather juvenile, in my opinion.
The latest episode of The Final Suspects (A Father's Anguish) is a set of personal reminiscences of John Ramsey and of his son John Andrew.  While there are certainly important stories of personal anguish to be told, this isn't what the podcast is purported to be about.  The podcast claims to about attempting to solve the crime by DNA testing of the top ten suspects on Lou Smit's "spreadsheet."  These podcasts so far are not delivering.  

One can understand not naming the top ten suspects, but there isn't even a scorecard being described such as "We've now tested five of the ten with no matches."   No stories of how these people are being tracked are offered.  No hints of what kind of comparisons are being made are presented.  There is no discussion or even speculation based on the spreadsheet about Lou's methodology.  For example, are all of the top ten suspects convicted sadistic pedophiles, or are other types of offenders included?  If there is filler material to be provided, it would be far more suitable for the purported subject of the podcasts to describe DNA technologies being used.  I myself would be interested in knowing if genealogical testing can be performed on the samples and whether or not phenotyping can be used to eliminate suspects, or to simply re-prioritize them to save cost and effort.

In this particular episode, the narrator has it that Lou was hired by Boulder PD.  Hopefully they'll fix that, but how did that get through editing?  This is a blatantly obvious error.  Again, the participants seem very sincere and dedicated to this project, but the producers, editors, etc. are continuing to make the project look unprofessional.
Episode Narrowing Down Suspects actually doesn't narrow down suspects; instead it covers old ground: McReynolds, Oliva, Helgoth, and Randy Simons.  Near the end of this episode, John San Agustin says that even though the DNA of a given suspect doesn't match, one should not say that this suspect was not involved.  While true, this could be said about any suspect.  San Augustin goes on to say that investigators should try to connect such a suspect through other avenues.  What he does not say is that resources dedicated to this suspect should be reduced.  Suspects should be re-priotitized.  A big problem with many homicide cases is that investigators form opinions which are not modified, even when evidence that tends to eliminate suspects is developed.  This is also a problem with other areas of investigation such as in the history of science.  Many scientists refuse to give up their pet theories, even when experiments strongly suggest that they should do so.  In the Ramsey case, "no footprints in the snow" collapsed, handwriting matches collapsed, "voices" on the 911 recording collapsed, slamming JonBenét against the edge of a bathtub collapsed, no history of domestic violence was found, etc. yet BPD kept pursuing the Ramseys.  Now that we have failures of DNA matches, some investigators still want to pursue their favorite suspects.  The most important task is to match the DNA to someone.  Then one can ask whether or not there is any connection to a favorite suspect.

Again, this episode isn't really about narrowing down suspects.

On Edit: I should have mentioned that this particular episode wastes a lot of time quoting and interviewing John Kenady.  Kenady has a long history as defendant and plaintiff in criminal and civil cases.  Typically he files frivolous lawsuits.  Typically they are dismissed.  If I recall correctly, a case against a landlord for $100,000 was dismissed with prejudice shortly before Helgoth's premature death.  Given that the Ramseys offered a reward at about the same time, I can't help but think that Kenady, if not investigated thoroughly, should have been.  His claims about Helgoth in this episode appear to me to be nothing more than uncorroborated and self-serving hearsay.
The lastest episode, New Leads, is much better than the prior episodes.  Cindy and Kent Marra, Lou Smit's daughter and son-in-law, provide interesting insight into the "spreadsheet" that Lou used to organize his data and prioritize suspects.  Also, John Ramsey gives a competent description of what is involved in genealogical DNA techniques.  There is a website dedicated to raising money for DNA testing in the Ramsey case:
The most recent episode as of 07 February discusses a couple of potential supects that fall under the category of the title "Business Grudges."  This episode, like all the others, develops slowly and does not actually have much information.  Early in the episode John Ramsey mistakenly credits John Douglas for founding the profiling unit of the FBI; actually Patrick Mullany and Howard Teten formed the Behaviorial Science Unit that both Robert Ressler and John Douglas later joined.  Certainly Ressler and Douglas advanced the art and science of profiling. 

John Ramsey says that Douglas thought that the perpetrator hated John.  My own impression has been that, just as the ransom note indicated, the perpetrator or perpetrators did not particularly care for Ramsey, not that he or they hated him.  John represented the upper class segment of our society; the emotion, if any, was more of envy and resentment of anyone who was successful and noteworthy, as I interpret the ransom note.

Over halfway through this episode, two suspects related through business connections, are finally discussed.  One of the suspects was not named in the episode, but was said to have been "put out of business" by John Ramsey.  This suspect was inverviewed by phone, but this lead appears to go nowhere.  Sandra and Bud Henderson were also discussed, also leading nowhere other than to speculation.

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