Saturday, August 19, 2006

More patsy talk

I don’t usually like to go back to the scene of the blog crime, but this Ramsey patsy thing is just too delicious to resist:

  1. I’ve been dumping all over Patsy, but the fact that the Thai police claim to have been following the patsy for three weeks before arresting him means that the patsification was set in motion only a few weeks after she died.  It is possible that the plan of blaming another person to take pressure off the family was resisted by Patsy, and had to await her death before being set in motion.  We are now being spun a ‘limited hangout’ connection between Patsy and patsy.
  2. The conundrum of a family member, usually a mother, who has a dead child and who fears that the perpetrator is another loved one is a classic of crime fiction.  If there is a reason to forgive, it is a rational decision, having permanently lost one family member, to attempt not to lose another to the wheels of justice.  My problem with the Ramsey family is that they are self-satisfied, power-wielding, manipulative creeps, who use money and influence to get their way and then sob about how victimized they are.  All their problems are caused by their unwillingness to play the game by the same rules that everyone else has to put up with.
  3. The Boulder police and prosecutors demonstrate a level of incompetence and corruption that you usually only see in third world countries.  Didn’t anybody think that it might be a good idea to talk to the patsy, just to find out whether he is an obvious loon, before broadcasting his capture to the world and crowing that the case is finally solved?  It is a little late to be talking about the presumption of innocence after you have told the world about his ‘confession’.  
  4. That Thai policeman, Lt. Gen. Suwat Tumrongsiskul, has changed his story about the ‘confession’ again, now claiming that the confession story is all true except for those bits that happen to contradict what the American evidence shows.  Ha!  We’ve gone from no confession (in fact, full denial), to full confession, to very conveniently edited confession.  I wonder what the policeman misheard when Karr said ‘chloroform’?
  5. Everybody says that Karr is smart, and he may be very smart.  By making a ‘confession’ lurid enough to have him deported immediately to the United States, but obviously filled with details that are impossible (accidental killing, chloroform, sexual intercourse, school day, kidnapping), he manages to be spirited away from the Thai prison system, and faces an American charge of, at worst, lying to American officials.
  6. First principles tell us immediately that this entire story is bogus.  If Karr was a kidnaper, why didn’t he bring a ransom note with him?  The note was written on Patsy’s paper with Patsy’s pen.  How could he know he could wander around the house until he found something to write with?  How did he, officially a complete stranger, know to put a demand in the note that exactly matched John’s bonus?  There also appear to be handwriting problems with Karr, although Patsy, notably, has never been eliminated as the writer of the note, and typical Ramsey family obfuscation means that the issue was never determined.
  7. What’s with the story that Karr thought he was emailing Patsy, but his emails were being redirected to the Boulder police?  There is an indication that this ruse was being run out of Georgia, but it makes very little sense.  Is this story another attempt to distance Patsy from patsy?
  8.  Michael Tracey, who had a unsettling email correspondence with the patsy, is connected to both Patsy and Lou Smit, the detective who was, and is, the prime promoter of Ramsey family innocence.  Tracey became suspicious about Karr, and “passed his concerns on to investigators working the case privately”, who in turn involved the Boulder DA.

Commentators say I’m wasting my time on this, but I see it as good old-fashioned conspiracy theory, an example of the military-industrial complex covertly messing with the American justice system, not to mention the Thai justice system.  The Thai sex angle is the red herring that is supposed to distract us.