Who Actually Murdered JonBenet & Why
In early April 2015, I had the honor of interviewing my friend and associate, Laurence Smith, M.S. about his recently published book addressing the unsolved murder of JonBenet Ramsey in 1996. “The Last Christmas of JonBenet Ramsey” is a methodical and exceptional manuscript chronicling the last days of JonBenet and the investigation that followed. Laurence Smith and his profiling skills truly speaks to the Dark Psychology of human consciousness. Pasted in Q & A format are several question and answers from my interview.
- Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. | Given the amount of material and books written about the JonBenet Ramsey case, how does your book become a definitive account of this case, including the naming of her killer?
- Laurence Smith, M.S. | A great question. This case demanded a multi-dimensional perspective, especially psychologically. All of the published material written or spoken via the media about this case involved people who were journalists, novelists, law enforcement personnel, and others not having a sufficient psychology background to grasp the psycho-dynamics of the case to make an astute analysis. Other than the early publication of Dr. Cyril Wecht’s book, few resources were comprehensive.
- Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. | Because police and media members often zero in one or two so-called ‘persons of interest’, how wide of a net did you cast to include as many viable suspects as possible?
- Laurence Smith, M.S. | I devoted an entire chapter to placing a hypothetical intruder in a scenario to see how viable a suspect he should be. I also devote an entire chapter to placing various psychopathology criminal types in scenarios to see if any appear to be the most viable or likely killer of JonBenet.
- Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. | How about Ramsey family members, how in-depth did you go in examining their viability for being responsible for JonBenet’s death?
- Laurence Smith, M.S. | John, Patsy, along with sons Burke, and John Andrew Ramsey Jr. were exhaustively analyzed for any possible role in her death, with a definitive finding for each. (Daughter Melinda Ramsey was in Georgia working as a nurse at the time of JonBenet’s death.)
- Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. | Because of the crime scene and forensics there were many in the media and in Boulder law enforcement who believed JonBenet’s murder was either a botched robbery, kidnapping, or the result of a pedophile. How did you reconcile this seeming dilemma?
- Laurence Smith, M.S. | Realizing the contradictory actions, if any of these criminal types had been involved, I came to see that this was a non-focused crime and that the murder of JonBenet was essentially a cover-up.
- Michael Nuccitelli, Psy. D. | How did you arrive at a motive for JonBenet’s murder?
- Laurence Smith, M.S. | There wasn’t really a motive as one generally views a motive in a murder case, but rather a murder out of perceived necessity as a cover-up.
- Michael Nuccitelli, Psy. D. | How long do think the entire killing scenario was?
- Laurence Smith, M.S. | Creating a more realistic time-line than the one police were working with, I believe at least 3 or 4 hours were consumed in the overall crime, including its staging and writing of the innocuously worded ransom letter.
- Michael Nuccitelli, Psy. D. | Re-known FBI profiler John Douglas told the media and television viewers that he believed the crime scene appeared staged. At what point did you formulate a definitive analysis as to what type of criminal type the individual was who murdered JonBenet?
- Laurence Smith, M.S. | Even prior to Mr. Douglas’s statement I had come to see the crime as one that was amateurishly staged and carried out, as if it were a seminal occurrence for this type of crime by the perpetrator, thus eliminating career criminal types or individuals having a criminal record.
- Michael Nuccitelli, Psy. D. | In boldly stating that your book is a definitive account of who murdered JonBenet how can you state that so unequivocally?
- Laurence Smith, M.S. | I believe that once one reads my book and sees the effort made to thoroughly examine suspects and suspect types who remotely could be considered viable as the murderer, overwhelming evidentiary material and circumstances will clearly show who the murderer is.
- Michael Nuccitelli, Psy. D. | Given that there is no statute of limitations on murder and this case remaining officially open, do you ever see this murder case being resolved and officially closed?
- Laurence Smith, M.S. | Unfortunately Dr., this case will remain open interminably, lest someone associated with the murderer or has direct knowledge of the murderous events makes an official statement naming the murderer, which is more than highly unlikely.
Laurence L. Smith, M.S.
Laurence L. Smith M.S. is a past member of American Psychotherapy Association who now devotes his time to consulting or testifying in major criminal trials. He obtained his M.S. Degree in criminal psychology from the University of Chicago in 1996 and has since been in the psychology milieu in various capacities, including psychotherapist, clinician, counselor, and corporate consultant.
“The Last Christmas of JonBenet Ramsey” is Laurence Smith’s initial foray into authoring a non-fiction true crime book. This book purports to show how 6-year old celebrity child, JonBenet Ramsey, came to be murdered on Christmas day, 1996 in Boulder, Colorado. In the process, naming whom her killer was in a case where her murder heretofore officially remains unsolved. This aptly titled book is a definitive account of how situational circumstances led to her death by her killer. A murder described by Laurence Smith, M.S. as a non-focused killing. To purchase his book, visit his website at http://www.laurencelsmith.com/
Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.
Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. is a New York State licensed psychologist and certified forensic consultant. He completed his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 1994 from Adler University in Chicago, Illinois. In November 2011, Dr. Nuccitelli and his colleagues established iPredator Inc. offering educational, investigation and advisory services related to cyberstalking, cyberbullying, internet predators, cybercrime & the darkside of cyberspace. In June 2013, Dr. Nuccitelli and iPredator Inc. launched this internet safety website, iPredator, and two blogs, Dark Psychology & Dr. Internet Safety. These sites offer online users an incredible amount of information, education and advisory services. Since 1985, Dr. Nuccitelli has worked in behavioral healthcare and forensic psychology in a variety of capacities with various clinical populations.