Dan Abrams Report, date = Dec 6, 2002; Source = WebSleuths Forum

Dan Abrams: A new revelation in the JonBenet Ramsey case coming nearly six years, just six years after the beauty queen's body was found strangled in the basement of her family's Colorado home. Newly released court documents revealed that a previously undisclosed DNA sample was discovered by Boulder police almost two years after the girl's murder. Now little is known about this sample, where it came from, where it was found, and how many people's DNA have been compared to it. What we do know is that according to the police chief, the sample did not come from JonBenet's body or clothing. The Ramseys have had a volatile relationship with the Boulder police from the outset. Though they never formally labeled John and Patsy suspects, they've always been under a "umbrella of suspicion" in their daughter's murder, Patsy Ramsey in particular.

Patsy Ramsey (on video): I'm appalled that anyone would think that John or I would be involved in such a hideous, heinous crime, but let me assure you that I did not kill JonBenet. I did not have anything to do with it. I loved that child with my whole of my heart and soul.

Dan Abrams: In October, the Ramseys asked that another organization be given the case, saying the Boulder police bungled the investigation from the get go. Here to talk about,

Lin Wood (on video): We're never going to solve this murder unless we get this case out of the hands of the Boulder Police Department and into the hands of experienced and competent and fair homicide investigators.

Dan Abrams: And here to talk about this new DNA sample and its implications, the coroner for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Cyril Wecht, who also wrote the book, "Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey."

All right, Dr. Wecht, good to see you. What do you make of this new revelation about this DNA we haven't heard about before?

Dr. Wecht: Well, it's not really new. Those of us who have been interested and involved in the case in whatever fashion have known about this DNA evidence. I can tell you from having spoken with several people involved more directly in the case that they very definitely feel it is nothing more than a contaminant. You've got to realize that DNA material is extremely sensitive. The most infinitesimal, most minute amount of material can give you a DNA result, so I think that nothing is new here.

Dan Abrams: Well what's new is that there was a court document that was just released.

Dr. Wecht: Yes.

Dan Abrams: That laid it out for the first time publicly.

Dr. Wecht: Right, Right.

Dan Abrams: That this was the case. Now, let me ask you, there's long been this discussion about unidentified DNA found in JonBenet's underwear. Charlie Brennan oh of the "Rocky Mountain News" reporting a couple of weeks ago that that DNA may have been left there at the time of the clothing's manufacture. One of the big points the Ramseys have been making is look, someone else's DNA was found in the underwear. If that was there since the time of the manufacture, what does that tell us, anything?

Dr. Wecht: Well I believe that it most likely does come from some processing, some handling of that underwear, whether the manufacturer on down through the retailer or the handler, somewhere along the line. That is what really fits the scenario. To think that this is DNA material from a rapist, murderer who had this extensive, protracted contact with this little girl involving the rope around the neck, around the hand, the sexual activity, the blow to the head, the use of all the materials.

Dan Abrams: Yes.

Dr. Wecht: in the house, and to have left nothing more than that is really rather preposterous.

Dan Abrams: Do you, I mean is it surprising to you that they didn't find this DNA until two years after?

Dr. Wecht: Well yes, I would say that whatever was there should have been picked up sooner. There's no question that things have not been handled properly by the Boulder police from the outset. I have never been a champion of the handling of the case.

Dan Abrams: Right.

Dr. Wecht: But what they did wrong has not resulted in irrevocable, irreversible, and total damage to the case.

Dan Abrams: Very quickly, I've got five seconds. Do you think that they should transfer this case, someone else investigate it?

Dr. Wecht: When they had a chance to have the FBI review it, the Ramseys refused to go along and cooperate some years ago. Can they transfer it? Should they? Yes, fine, get it over to the Colorado Bureau of...

Dan Abrams: Got to wrap it up. Dr. Wecht, the Ramseys, of course, would dispute that, but anyway, Dr. Wecht, thanks very much for coming on the show.

Dr. Wecht: Thank you.