Local investigator weighs in on JonBenet Ramsey case

A Hillsborough crime scene investigator talks about the real-life experience of the job.

TAMPA -- There were three big bombshells in Sunday night’s first installment of the documentary series "The Case of JonBenet Ramsey” on 10News. Tuesday night the second part of the special airs here as well, detailing the 1996 murder that captivated the country in which no one has been charged.

Among last night's highlights were never before heard portions of the 911 call from Patsy Ramsey, JonBenet’s mother, after she thought she'd hung up the phone. The audio clips heard were “What did you do?”, “Help me Jesus” and “We’re not speaking to you.”

Then there were reenactments as experts wrote out the ransom note allegedly written by the suspect, which took them 21 minutes. There was also a revelation about an unclaimed flashlight that could have been used to murder JonBenet.

The investigation, and the documentary, have the Bay area's attention as well. One observer, Matt Evans has a professional interest, too, having worked as a crime scene investigator for a decade (the last two years with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office). He watched a portion of Sunday’s installment.

Evans says what you see on TV relative to what real investigators do every day is very different. He says, "Remember when you watch a show like that it's on TV - it's sensationalized. Everything is fun and done in an hour."

He has met one of the world-renowned forensic scientists featured in the CBS documentary, Dr. Henry Lee, and is currently reading one of his books. Evans says, "Through my schooling and in college we actually went to a seminar that Dr. Lee put on. It was on cold cases and he dissected different cases - the O.J. (Simpson) case, the Ramsey case."

Evans says the Simpson case actually set a precedent of what not to do in subsequent ones like the Ramsey case. He adds, “The mishandling of evidence – procedure wise, once that came out people were more in tune with what you have to do (on the crime scene), being more cautious."

He notes that in the 20 years since the Ramsey murder technology has improved too. In the documentary, 100 people were hired, spending thousands of hours rebuilding the crime scene. In a 70,000 square foot warehouse they rebuilt actual rooms in the Ramsey home through crime scene photos and video.

Evans says the HCSO has the equipment to do something very similar to that too. He adds, "It does a scan - takes pictures of the whole room. Scan the whole room and you can actually walk through that room."

You can watch the second part of “The Case of JonBenet Ramsey” tonight at 9 p.m. on 10 News.

For more information on the case, click here.

(© 2016 WTSP)


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