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Joe Barnhill, Jr.


Evan Colby


Jack Logan


Bill McReynolds (Santa Bill)

The "Santa Bill" McReynolds Theory

  • Who is Santa Bill McReynolds? Bill McReynolds played Santa at several Ramsey holiday parties and knew the family well. McReynolds was named by the Ramseys as one of five people worthy of further investigation (Ramsey and Ramsey 2000). After leaving Boulder with his wife, Bill McReynolds subsequently died.
  • How Could McReynolds Kill JBR? A specific theory about how Santa Bill might have killed JonBenet has been developed by internet blogger ooSCARBOROUGHoo.
    • Motive. Posters speculate Santa Bill may have been a pedophile, which motivated both his interest in playing Santa Claus and his particular notice of JBR. 
    • Means. No one has linked a stun gun to McReynolds; whether he had the physical strength in light of his age and health to deliver the head blow is disputed. 
    • Opportunity. Because of his prior visit to the Ramsey house for the party on December 23, McReynolds had the opportunity to borrow the pad used to write the RN and later return it; he also had been given a tour of the house, including basement, by JBR and hence would have been familiar about how to get around. His role as Santa gave him a special relationship with JBR that would have permitted him to arrange a secret visit from Santa after Xmas, facilitating his getting her out of bed without arousing any suspicion on her part. At the time JBR was killed, The McReynolds lived in Nederland, which was just outside of Boulder.
  • Further details at acandyrose.com.
  • On-line Discussion. See Webbsleuths.com forum chat for further discussion. 


Incriminating Evidence Against Santa Bill

  • Timeline. Evening2 has posted a timeline related to the Bill and Janet McReynolds: [Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Reasons McReynolds is Suspected.
    • Private Investigator Suspicions. A private investigator further elaborated on suspicions about McReynolds in a 1999 press conference.
    • Internet Poster Suspicions. Internet poster mBm has developed a list of 24 reasons the McReynolds should be suspects. Other reasons he came under suspicion are explained at The Santa.
  • Apparent Obsession with JBR. Bill McReynolds called JonBenet his special friend and seemed obsessed with her, according to Internet poster Bob. According to Rolling Stone, McReynolds had chosen JonBenét to be his "special friend," going so far as to bring a vial of glitter gifted to him by the six-year-old with him into heart surgery. Even stranger, he asked his wife to mix the gold glitter in with his ashes were he to die. This particular story generated buzz in the Denver Post.
  • Santa Bill Note to JBR Found in Trash. McReynolds "had written a card to JonBenet that was found in her trash can after the murder. (SMF P 283; PSMF P 283.)" (Carnes 2003:37).
  • Other Child Victim? Another little boy who was a special friend of Bill McRenolds was murdered 7 years before JonBenet, according to Internet poster Bob.


Exculpatory Evidence Favoring Santa Bill

  • No Known Hair Evidence From Beard Found. McReynolds had a full beard and it is difficult to believe he could have taken JBR from her bed, assaulted her and killed her without leaving hair evidence that to date has never been reported.
  • Weak Heart. McReynolds had well-known heart problems, so it is difficult to imagine him having the strength for the head-blow to JBR which reportedly could have felled a 250-lb. man. Even apart from the strength required, the emotional stress of sneaking into the house of a family and killing a child would have been enormous.
  • The McReynolds' Story. The McReynolds' story was reported in great detail by Denver Post in March 1997.
  • BPD Investigation. Bill McReynolds provided hair and handwriting samples to police, but was never formally linked to the murder.  


Janet McReynolds

The Janet McReynolds Theory


Incriminating Evidence Against Janet McReynolds

  • Janet McReynolds, wife of "Santa" Bill, had a daughter who "had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted twenty-two years to the day before JonBenet's death" (SMF P 283; PSMF P 283.)" (Carnes 2003:36).
  • Hey Rube Parallels.
  • Janet Was Film Buff. The ransom note is made up primarily of movie quotes. Janet is a movie critic, according to Internet poster Bob.
  • Weak Alibi? Bill and Janet were alibis for each other, but Bill took narcotic sedatives to help him sleep, so Janet could have left and returned hours later, without being noticed, according to Internet poster Bob.
  • Janet's own statements to police put her near the spiral staircase two days before JonBenet died, this location was also where Patsy's notebook was last seen by Patsy. Janet could have taken the notebook or paper from it to write the note, according to Internet poster Bob.
  • Explanation for SBTC? SBTC could stand for Santa Bill & The Critic....., according to Internet poster Bob.
  • Son Convicted of Kidnapping. The McReynolds' son has a prior conviction for kidnapping and NO ALIBI for JonBenet's murder according to Internet poster Bob.


Exculpatory Evidence Favoring Janet McReynolds


Susan Stine

The Susan Stine Theory

Suspicion focused on Stine based principally on her behavior following the death of JBR.

  • Motive: Resentment at not being part of the Ramsey "inner circle".
  • Means: May have had a key. Lived within six blocks of Ramseys (see Google map posted by Internet poster Why_Nut). Knew the house.
  • Opportunity: Was the last person to see the Ramseys as a complete family unit before the murder. Knew they were going home.


Incriminating Evidence Against Susan Stine

  • Turned Police Away After Mysterious 911 Call. At the Ramsey's party on 23rd December, there was a hangup 911 call. When police investigated, it was Susan Stine who answered the door telling them through the speaker that everything was fine. They went away (Thomas & Davis,2000, p93)
  • Patsy's "Pit Bull." After the murder, Susan Stine became known as "Patsy's pit bull". The Ramseys stayed with the Stines for many months and when the Ramseys moved to Atlanta, the Stines followed them.
  • Internet Tracking. Susan Stine was known to have followed the case closely on the Internet (Death of Innocence).
  • Impersonated BPD Chief Beckner. In 2003, Stine was discovered to have been e-mailing numerous people, including Ramsey case journalist Charlie Brennan pretending to be Chief Beckner. More discussion of this incident is http://www.forumsforjustice.org/forums/showthread.php?s=673d14ca687a9c8daebcdbe0a39820f4&t=7071|here].


Exculpatory Evidence Favoring Susan Stine

  • There is no known forensic evidence which links Susan Stine to the murder.
  • Is there any evidence to link her son to the murder?


Roxanne Walker


Stewart Walker


Fleet White Jr, Priscilla White



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