06.02.131:00 PM ET

The Cross-Finger Point

How some high-profile murders never get solved.

Why do some cases, like that of the slain JonBenet Ramsey, carry on for years without prosecution? Often, there’s the problem of “cross-finger pointing.” One victim dies and two very likely suspects are identified, but only one of them did it—and they’re relatives, so neither one will give the other up (or, if they do, the guilty party can counter-blame the innocent party). It’s all explained in an excerpt from Wendy Murphy’s And Justice for Some, with a special focus on how many of these cases have to do with sexual assault and murder of women and girls—and how our tax dollars can perpetuate the problem.