About the author:
Laurence Smith was raised in Flossmoor, Illinois and then
after High School moved to the fabled North Shore, north
of Chicago along Lake Michigan. After transferring from
Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois after his sophomore year, Laurence then obtained his B.S. degree in psychology and M.S.degree in criminal psychology at
the University of Chicago.
He has spent nearly 37 years in various areas of the psychology milieu, including; clinician, counselor, and Psychotherapist. Laurence Smith has often testified as an expert witness in; civil legal proceedings, felony criminal trials, and criminal grand jury hearings. He also
has credible knowledge of forensic Pathology, along with
medical insight in criminal investigations.
Mr. Smith was adopted at age 5 by two loving Christian
parents. His favorite childhood memory is that of his
father bringing him for his 8th birthday a beautiful large
male 2-year old Irish Setter dog that became his constant companion. A lifelong romantic, he savors the great loves
of the women in his life, though he regrets never having
married and possibly having a son.
His many interests include; classical music, opera, and
most of all tennis, in which he has won numerous awards
since the age of twelve. He remains an accomplished
Why I wrote this book:
I wish this was a fictional murder case that I was writing
about, but unfortunately it is not. This murder case is
truly a human tragedy. After learning all the details in this
case and reading the various media material that had
been written about it, I came to believe this case truly
demanded that it be approached from a multi-dimensional perspective in order to better understand how and why the
life of 6-year old JonBenet came to be taken from her.
Initially, upon learning of this child’s tragic death, I was of
belief that her murder was the result of an act perpetrated
by a mentally unbalanced sexual predator. But with the
emergence of more details, I realized that an intruder
could not have been responsible for JonBenet's death, as
purest of logic dictated this could not be the case. I then
thought that perhaps a parent panicked after this child had a fatal accident, and then proceeded to cover up her
death because of some form of guilt.
However, after the autopsy report was finally released
stating that JonBenet’s death was due to the dual factors
of strangulation and head trauma, this then brought a new
perspective to the circumstances surrounding her death. It was no longer even a case of involuntary manslaughter,
but murder. I soon came to realize that there was a strong
possibility that JonBenet’s life could have been saved if a
911 call had been made. Rather, than having her life taken
to serve misplaced self-interest by a parent.
I came to see this young child’s death as being all too
symbolic of current American culture, where self-centered
concerns are at times placed above everything else includ-
ing one’s own child. JonBenet should not have left this life
as just a 6-year old girl who was so fascinated with the
world she lived in, still believing in the Easter Bunny and
“It is up to future authors to document the conclusion
of this drama, probably years from now.”
Steve Thomas -
Former lead detective On this case
Perhaps, I am that author.
A PERSONAL NOTE FROM LAURENCE SMITH:
I appreciate your interest in this book and hope that you
can avail yourself to reading it cover to cover. It is my
desire that you find my accounting of this case to be
an interesting journey in understanding the inverse logic
used, along with the aberrations of the the human mind
when unable to cope with a crisis situation. I hope that
it may be a fascinating reading experience for you as well.
I wish you great health and fulfillment in life.
All the very best to you,
Laurence L. Smith