Smit may have been part of the "Apple Dumpling Gang" but he had ethics, character, and experience. My personal thoughts are that the crime could be solved via the internet and that may be a disadvantage to older detectives on both sides. The case could really use some young techies. I think it will technology that catches up with the killer.
I didn't find the dust ruffle observation "funny" at all. I think it showed that there could have been a perp who hid under the bed.
I do think it is funny that Boulder PD didn't think anyone could climb throught that window and here is Smit, a very tall man, who climbs through it with no problem. Stun guns in 1996 were mostly only used by LE at the time so medical examiners were not used to seeing these types of marks on bodies. Smit showed that it could be a stun gun.
Patsy was packing a suitcase on that bed. Don't you think it's more likely that the dust ruffle was "disturbed" by her own foot? Why didn't Smit think of that? See what I mean? Laughable.
Smit was not a medical examiner and he only saw photos. Meyer saw the actual wounds and called them abrasions, not burns. It's his job to know these things. Smit was full of himself. Turns out he wasn't as good as he thought he was. He didn't solve the case.
"KANE: First of all, the thing I was going to say is if Mary Keenan has reached this conclusion, she clearly has not reviewed her own file because I donít want to get into a lot of specifics about this because of ethical reasons, but there are clearly in the police file answers to a lot of the things that the court said had never been established. I mean, I can give you-I donít know where this came from that these were sophisticated knots. I donít know that anybody had the opportunity to untie those knots who was an expert in knots, but the police department had somebody who fit that category and that was not the opinion of that person. These were very simple knots."
"The thing about the stun gun that everybody keeps coming back to. There was one person who was qualified who actually looked at that little girlís body on the autopsy table and that was Dr. Meyer, whoís a forensic pathologist. He looked at those very marks and said that they were abrasions. It is a quantum leap-you can take a stun gun and put it up against somebodyís body...
KANE:... and itís going to leave a burn. It does leave an abrasion. So all these other opinions that have come out that said that this was a stun gun, there is absolutely no way they would ever get into evidence because there is no evidence that these were burns.
ABRAMS:... there were other experts like Mr. Doberson and others and Lou Smit who have said they absolutely believe that there was a stun gun used.
KANE: But theyíre basing that based on photographs of marks on her body. When the uncontradicted evidence of Dr. Meyer is that these were not burns."