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JonBenet Ramsey-Cold Case Homicide Q & A

In early April 2015, I had the honor of interviewing my friend and associate, Laurence L. 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 L. 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 L. 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 L. 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 L. 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 L. 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.

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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 L. 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 L. 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 L. 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 L. 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 L. Smith, M.S. as a non-focused killing. To purchase his book, visit his website at

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Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.

Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. is a NYS licensed psychologist and cyber criminology consultant. He completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Adler University in 1994. In 2010, Dr. Nuccitelli authored the dark side of cyberspace concept known as “iPredator.” In November 2011, he established iPredator Inc., offering educational, investigative, and advisory services involving criminal psychology, cyberstalking, online predators, internet trolls, the dark side of cyberspace and internet safety. Dr. Nuccitelli has worked in the mental health field over the last thirty-plus years and he has volunteered his time helping cyber-attacked victims since 2010. His goal is to reduce victimization, theft, and disparagement from iPredators.

In addition to aiding citizens & disseminating educational content, Dr. Nuccitelli’s mission is to initiate a sustained national educational and awareness internet safety campaign with the help of private, state, and federal agencies. He is always available, at no cost, to interact with online users, professionals, and the media. To invite Dr. Nuccitelli to conduct training, media engagements, educational services, or consultation, please call him at (347) 871-2416 or via email at

God Bless JonBenet Ramsey


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