Burke Ramsey



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The BDI Theories

Virtually all the BDI theories presume that the parents helped stage a cover-up to avoid losing their only remaining child living at home. The theories mostly vary in terms of Burke's motivation. Dr. Werner Spitz concluded: “It’s the boy who did it, whether he was jealous, or mentally unfit or something … I don’t know of the why, I’m not a psychiatrist, but what I am sure about is what I know about him, that is what happened here.”

 

Incriminating Evidence Related to Burke Ramsey

Burke Never Officially Cleared

 

Grand Jury Solved Case

 

Defamation Suits Not Dispositive

 

Parents Lied

 

Cover-up Conspiracy

 

Behavior in Interviews Was Suspicious 

On January 8, 1997, Burke was interviewed with his parents’ consent and outside of their presence by a psychologist, Dr. Suzanne Bernhard. Based on excerpts of that interview aired on the Dr. Phil show and in the 2016 CBS News documentary, both CBS investigators (paragraphs 619-624) and some Internet posters have argued Burke's demeanor and answers were very suspicious and incriminating.

 

Burke Had "Odd" Anti-Social Personality 

 

Similar Cases of 9-Year-Old Killers  

 

Exculpatory Evidence Related to Burke Ramsey

 

Burke Ramsey Officially Cleared

On several occasions, Boulder law enforcement officials have indicated Burke Ramsey was not a suspect or had been cleared in the case. This is the strongest evidence that Burke is not a plausible suspect in this case. 

 

Grand Jury Action Proves Burke's Innocence

 

Burke Has Prevailed in Prior Libel/Defamation Cases

 

No Good Evidence Parents Lied

 

No Good Evidence Burke Lied

 

Lack of Forensic Evidence

 

Implausible Motivations

 

Behavior in Interviews Was Not Suspicious 

On January 8, 1997, Burke was interviewed with his parents’ consent and outside of their presence by a psychologist, Dr. Suzanne Bernhard. Even though BDI theorists view Burke's behavior in this interview as suspicious, according to Lin Wood's motion in Burke Ramsey's 2016 defamation case against CBS News, Dr. Bernhard herself "concluded in writing on her report to the Boulder PD that it was clear to her that Burke did not witness the murder of his sister" (paragraph #83). 

 

Implausibility of a Parental or Law Enforcement Cover-up

Lin Wood's motion in Burke Ramsey's 2016 defamation case against CBS includes a thorough refutation of the claim that Burke’s inability to be prosecuted due to his age can be interpreted as evidence of his guilt (detailed in pp. 86-89).

 

No Evidence of "Suspicious" Behavior or Psychological Damage

 

Similar Cases of Falsely Accused Brothers

According to Nancy Grace, "statistically, sibling homicide, fratricide or sororicide, are practically nonexistent, extremely rare to say the least, especially given the Ramsey family identifying characteristics." There have been other instances in which parents were falsely thought to be covering up for a brother killing a sister.