Jacobmarley1 wrote:We don't know if someone maybe had a window or two open. Maybe Big Ronnie slept with a window open, for some coolness. Or a bathroom window? Who knows? You think Ronnie, Jr. would have the sense enough to close any open windows during his murder spree?
And what about screaming? You can usually hear people screaming in the dead of night, and how do we know how long it really took for Ronnie to kill everybody? Maybe kids got out of bed, screamed their heads off, before being escorted back to their beds for execution?
So many "what-if's" to consider. Ronnie ain't talkin', that's for sure.
I doubt Ron closed any windows afterwards and doubt anyone had open windows that time of year.
At any rate it is not supposition but fact that not one neighbor recognized hearing gunshots at the time they were fired and thus did not call police. A couple said in retrospect they must have heard the shots but didn't realize it at the time. What was recognized was the dog barking but they had no idea why and did not investigate. Most neighbors slept through it all and heard nothing not even the dog.
Ron's confession spoke to quickly going room to room and being unable to stop. That is most likely indeed how it went down. Dawn and Allison were both in natural sleep positions not contrived ones. It would make little sense to bring them back to their own room to shoot them. It would make more sense to gun them down where they stood. That would actually be more consistent with a robbery gone wrong where they had to shoot witnesses. Moreover, if he told them to go to their own rooms and they complied then Dawn definitely would have called the police from her phone. If he took them all to the boys room told the boys to get in bed then shot them, Dawn and Allison would not after seein gthat have complied and went to their beds as well knowing the same was in store for them.
My family rarely wakes up at night during loud thunderstorms. They ignore our dog barking and don't even remeber it happened. I'm the exception. But then again I barely sleep at all. Just last week our dog was in the window barking at 4am because someone was getting in their car and making noise including what sounded like a ton of change falling. I am the only one who got up to see what he was barking at. In the morning when I told my family why he was barking they all said they didn't even know he barked at that hour.
People take a while to wake up fully. Even if disturbed they will often go back to bed and not even rememebr anything in the morning. A majority of people ignore noises they hear at night and do not get up to investigate. That is a fact. It might be hard to believe but it is a fact.
Ron has shown himself too stupid to make up anything competent. It would not take long to kill the Boys and Allison on the same floor as his parent. His claim that Dawn woke up and called down to see if he was the one making the noise is credible. His account that he told her to go back to bed and that she did is credible. The level of detail such as John's leg twitching was a good sign he was accurately detailing what he happened. When he gave it up, he gave it up fully. If he was going to lie and change anything it would not be to lie about them not waking up. That would serve little purpose.
The big question is whether he had extra bullets on him or had to go to his room to reload to then be able to kill Dawn. The cops never got into that part though they should have. In either case there was a short period where he could have cooled down but he didn't he killed her shortly thereafter.
So I believe Ron's confession is how it actually went down because:
1) He was unable to think of anything else to say at that point excpet the full truth including detailing where he dumped the rifle and evidence. If he was trying to be deceptive still he would not have given up the evidence.
2) If the kids all woke up and went to investigate and then he ordered them all to go back to their rooms then someone would have called police. I don't know if Allison had a phone but Dawn definitely did in her room. If they went back to their room upon hearing more shots they would have hid somewhere not just sat waiting their turn.
3) If the kids all woke up and went to investigate and then he ordered them to the boys room, ordered the boys to bed and then shot them Dawn and Allison would likely have run for their lives not to listen and march to Allison's room so she could be shot then take Dawn upstairs to shoot her. Indeed Dawn had a bed in Allison's room as well and he would have had her lay in it and shoot her there instead if that were the case, not take her back to her own room. In the meantime, Allison was shot with her face looking at the gun. She probably would have turned her head away from him if she had been awake and cognizant of what was going on. What happened was as she woke up she saw a gun barrel in her face and had no time to react.
While others see his account as unlikely I see it as the most likely. I don't find it likely he would have sent them to their own rooms on their own and then went room to room. Surely Dawn would have called police not gone to sleep (she was in a natural sleeping position not simply in bed). I don't see it likely that the kids could watch their siblings being shot and not attempt to run away but rather then follow suit and also get in bed knowing they were going to be shot next. That makes far less sense than them staying in their beds and not investigating at all.