On Sept. 3, P.I. and forensic expert Myrl Stebens spoke to the San Joaquin Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Fresno. Stebens is currently consulting on the re-opened Jonbenet Ramsey case. He has been asked to evaluate the multiple marks on the victim’s body.
He educated the group on the difference between stun guns and tasers. Stun guns can be bought over the counter; tasers are harder to obtain. Tasers have hooks on them, much like fishhooks. With a stun gun, both probes have to make contact in order for the volt to connect.
Can stun guns kill? “You would more likely die from an electrical short on a lawn mower,” said Stebbens.
Twenty years ago, at the time of Jonbenet’s death, tasers were not commercially sold. The investigation of the crime scene at the time was not, in Stebens’ mind, properly or effectively processed. Stebens explained that while he is not supporting any theories but only analyzing the evidence, he does believe two different stun guns were used, possibly indicating two different assailants. There were 14 separate groupings of marks.