Quick info about the Duct tape
From PMPT - page 389 hard cover

"After the Quantico meetings, Detectives Thomas and Gosage visited Shurford (sic) Mills in Hickory, North Carolina, the country's largest manufacturer of adhesives. The FBI had determined that the tape allegedly removed from JonBenet's mouth had first been manufactured in November 1996 under the brand name Shurtape. The tape had a 40
percent calcium filler in the adhesive, and its yarn/scrim count of 20/10 helped pinpoint that Bron was the tape's distributor. The black duct tape Thomas purchased from McGuckin in May for the same price that appeared on Patsy Ramsey's sales slip carried the names Shurtape and Bron."

jameson notes: The proper name is Shuford Mills, they are a very prominent family in Hickory. The tape was manufactured just weeks before the murder.
From Steve Thomas' book:

pg 253 hard copy

The investigation of the black duct tape that covered the mouth of JonBenet gave every indication of being just another lost lead when it began shortly after the murder.

Originally we hoped to prove the tape was from the same roll as the pieces found on the back of several portraits in the house. By determining its manufacturer, we might be able to find where it was sold and then track it to the Ramsey house. We already thought that Patsy might have purchased a roll of such tape from McGuckin's.

The FBI lab said that both tape samples, from the mouth and the pictures, were a low grade and of low quality, possibly the Shufford (sic) Mills model PC-600, but they would not call it a match.

In September 1997 Detective Gosage and I visited the Shufford Mills factory in Hickory, North Carolina, and I learned the tape was made in small quantities. IN fact, it comprised only 0.4 percent of the company's product. We determined that it was sold at McGuckin's Hardware.

Shufford MIlls gave us various tapes for testing, the dates when changes were made in yarn and scrim counts, recipes for various adhesives, and the different production periods, all of which we sent back to the FBI. In November 1997 the lab said the pieces of tape came from different production runs and had different yarn counts. Same brand, same type, different production run, therefore different tape. Apparently the end of the road.

A detective also found the Boulder portrait framer, who confirmed that the duct tape on the picture was his and that he bought his tape at McGuckin's. Once again we had spent a year chasing something that led to a dead end. The tape on the picture and the tape on the victim came from two different rolls.
"Once again we had spent a year chasing something that led to a dead end. The tape on the picture and the tape on the victim came from two different rolls."

Maybe if Thomas had not decided ahead of time who was guilty of this crime, he would not have wasted an entire year on yet another piece of evidence that did not fit his theory.  

What an idiot.
There is more to the tape than has been forcefully followed. Thomas and Gosage missed something.
Don Bradley posted the following on another forum

The roll was manufactured in Hickory, NC. The company retained the same product number and bar codes but made two changes to its product which is known in the industry as multi-filament tape. One change involved a slight change in the adhesives and the other change involved a slight change in the filaments. As with any industrial process, the changes were made seperately but I forget which was first or what the exact dates were. The upshot was that from manufacturer to warehouse to stockroom to shelves is a trip that indicates but does not prove that the roll came from a very large volume seller such as walmart home depot or the like. However it can not be proven that it did not come from the local hardware store in Boulder since it is technically possible that it might have been shipped there quite promptly and all invoices and shipping records would have used the same barcodes as before. My personal view is that it came from a large volume seller in a large city: Denver, Atlanta, Whereever. Most products do not move thru the distribution chain quite so fast to get to a lower volume retailer such as any store in Boulder. This can not be proven due to the changed product having the exact same model number, paperwork and bar codes.
From police files - Linda Hoffman never saw any black duck tape in the house.  Never saw any of that kind of cord in the house either.

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