Hi Cap,In the end, the adults don't go to prison, the son doesn't have any stigmata "officially", and they figured that there would be no shame at all and that they would go to Atlanta and be victims of a tragedy
Only as little bits and pieces of evidence showing the "inner circle" as a stronger possibility, yes, they were forced to trade one public shame for another.
They didn't plan on it, but when push came to shove, their only alternative would be to throw their son under the bus and STILL face jail time for being accessories, obstruction, etc. They still wouldn't be off scott free and all would be lost with all three paying the price for what happened that night
Because the case went in the opposite direction than assumed, regarding the scrutiny by the public and other interested parties, they were forced to take the lessest of all the evils that faced them.
Even with all their wealth and corruption, they couldn't buy off the public's outcry and continuing perseverance throughout the years
They certainly couldn't do it with their words, written and verbal so there was no solution other than the solution they chose as they went along
I agree. However, I really don't think they got away "scot free" regardless of who committed the murder. What would be very tragic, is IF somehow, they were innocent, but looking at the evidence, I think it is beyond any reasonable doubt that ONE of them did it, and the adults in that home participated in the coverup.
Anyway, what I am saying, is even IF an intruder did it, the Rams paid some for the crime.