For over 20 years, millions of Americans have been following the twisted and unsolved murder of six-year old beauty contestant JonBenet Ramsey. Christmas of 1996 brought terror to Boulder, Colorado as the world watched the crime scene unfold as Little Miss Colorado was found strangled in the basement of her family’s home. Pieces from the brutal murder such as a lengthy ransom note are unheard of, leaving the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shocked. Two decades later, the case remains a mystery due to police mishap, mishandled evidence, and an abundance of conspiracy theories. Suspicions have ranged from her parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, to the outrageous, Santa Claus. One of the more credible theories is that JonBenet’s brother, Burke,
The fingerprints of Burke were found on a bowl of pineapple discovered in the kitchen after the murder. Neither John nor Patsy Ramsey had any knowledge of how JonBenet obtained the fruit at the time of her death. As a result, Burke got angry and utilized a stun gun to JonBenét's chin. Another reason is a later review of autopsy photographs revealed the electrodes of a stun gun would not have been lethally enough to knock JonBenet unconscious. The third reason that JonBenet's father is involved is the autopsy report also revealed that she had sustained a blow to the head, possibly from a large torch or baseball bat, about an hour before she was strangled. This finding justifies that the father found the body unconscious on the kitchen floor from the blow from the stun gun. John and Patsy Ramsey then attempted to cover up what Burke had done. Patsy was accessory to the fact by writing a fake three-page ransom letter. John masterminded the crime scene by reconstructing the crime by strangling JonBenet and violently hitting JonBenet in the head with a blunt object to design a botched kidnapping after the
The autopsy concluded she died from strangulation and head trauma (Death of a Six, 2017). It is unknown what caused her fractured skull. JonBenet was found dead with her wrists tied above her head and duct tape covering her mouth. The makeshift garrote constructed with a busted wooden handle from a paintbrush and cord was still around her neck. The sophistication of the knots suggests that whoever constructed the garrote had superior knowledge in working with line (Death of a Six, 2017). The medical examiner also stated rape was not indicated from the autopsy; however, sexual assault may have been a factor. The autopsy showed JonBenet had consumed pineapple before being murdered (Death of a Six, 2017). Investigators believe JonBenet died somewhere between 10pm on Christmas and 6am the following morning. Due to the decomposition of her body, it’s believed it was closer to 10pm (Death of a Six,
The police investigating the crime said that the way the body was placed seemed like a cover-up for the crime, but could have also been moved by the father who found and picked her up, and that the ransom note was staged by Patsy Ramsey. In 2002 the DA reinvestigated the case, this time they looked at people that were not related to JonBenet as suspects. In 2008 the DA sent out an apology letter to the ramseys declaring that the family was completely cleared from the crime, and in February 2009 the Boulder Police reopened the investigation. There are two main theories about who killed JonBenet Ramsey one of the two is the Intruder Theory, Smits Theory was a theory that someone had broken into the ramseys
Patsy Ramsey had called police early that morning to report JonBenét missing. Patsy had found a ransom note demanding $118,000 and promising that the kidnappers would contact the Ramseys before 10:00 a.m.( Puffer-Rothenberg) she was found strangled with a fractured skull in the basement of her parents home hours after the kidnappers did not call (Puffer-Rothenberg).
Along with the dead body left in the Ramseys basement there was a mysterious note left by the killer of Jonbenet. The note that was left shows that only either the Ramseys or someone close to their family could have done the crime (Osbourne 42). In the note it states Mr. Ramsey’s financial status, demanding $118,00 from the Ramseys. Investigators have been trying to link specific evidence to the note such as fingerprints and writing samples but no results are coming up. Also, when the murder of Jonbenet first came out Karr said in an email that the death was an accident, but it was clearly shown that it was not an accident. There have also been other clues that do not seem to add to this case. Mr. Karr claimed that he had assaulted the little girl but there was no evidence shown on her body that he could have done that to her. Also, on Christmas of that year Karr’s family stated that he was either in Georgia or Alabama nowhere near the site of the death of Jonbenet(“Why would John”). Since Karr has officially claimed he did not kill JonBenet, investigators have been doing more research to see who is the true killer. However, Patsy Ramsey the mother of Jonbenet Ramsey has been also questioned if she was the one that really killed her daughter. A few days after JonBenet was
The police investigation began instantly as a child abduction case, but soon took a turn for the worse when Jonbenet’s father, John Ramsey found her dead in the basement of her own house. “She was lying on the cold cement floor of the wine cellar with blood and bruises on her head, and a cord around her neck” (Agrawal). Immediately the child abduction case turned into that of a cold blooded murder. “The police should have done a better job controlling the crime scene from the begining” (Adams). With John Ramsey picking up his daughter’s dead body, and family friends walking around the house all morning, the chances of finding any evidence within the house was diminished. For months police looked nonstop to any clues that would lead them to find Jonbenet's murderer. Unfortunately, 21 years later, the case was never solved and justice was never brought to Jonbenet
December 26, 1996, Boulder Colorado, the day after Christmas, six-year JonBenet Ramsey is found dead in her basement with a three-page handwritten ransom note demanding $118,000, from someone claiming they kidnapped JonBenet and they would receive a call the next morning at at 10am, the note was addressed to John Ramsey and asked for the exact amount of John's Christmas bonus that year (Casarez). She died of a skull fracture and strangulation and nobody knows who killed her; her mom parents, John and Patricia Ramsey, were under much suspicion for her murder and to some people still are today. JonBenet had a big brother named Burke, and he’s one of the most suspected people; he was only 9 years old at the time of her death so it’s very unlikely he killed his little sister. Burke stayed quiet about her death for a long time but 20 years later in 2016 he spoke for the first time to CBS. Burke and John filed a $750 Million lawsuit against the company for a documentary accusing Burke of his sisters murder and his father of a cover-up even though at the time the two of them had already been exhaunterated by that point due to DNA testing (Roberts). JonBenet was a sweet little girl, and she participated in and
The Jon Benet Ramsey case has remained unsolved for many years.Many believe it was an outside job and many others believe it was an inside job.There are many documentaries out there but most of them are biased toward the family committing this horrible crime.There are many factors in this case pointing towards the family.In reality anybody the family know and weather they loved them or hated them one of them could have created this crime.Now the murder of Jon Benet Ramsey was a gruesome one,first Jon Benet was hit in the head with enough force to crack her skull open perfect enough,evidence shows that it was a flashlight because when it impacted it made a almost rectanuglar shape in the head.Second there was strangulation marks around her neck
Little JonBenét was found dead on Christmas day 1996 in a basement where her father John Ramsey found her corpse. JonBenet’s neck has been strangled along with injuries on her skull. There is no doubt that not only was she murdered and strangled but also molested. What truly has occurred on that day and year was a tragedy and a misunderstanding of what has happened to this little girl is still unsolved until there is more evidence. The murderer of JonBenet could have been anyone yet the fingers were only pointed at the family. Because there were only 4 family members in the house minus a dead daughter the only ones left were John Ramsey the father, Patsy Ramsey, who is her mother and JonBenet’s brother Burke Ramsey. Here is the interesting part many people do not comprehend when John Ramsey discovered his daughter's body why is it that he went downstairs and automatically knew she was there?
Later that afternoon John Ramsey discovered JonBenet’s body covered in blanket on the basement floor, and John tore off a piece of duct tape used to cover JonBenet’s mouth before carrying her upstairs (Agrawal, 2016). Since the crime scene was compromised, investigators were forced to process physical evidence that was contaminated during the unsupervised search for JonBenet. Although the crime scene was considered compromised there were still several key pieces of evidence collected, which included a hand-written ransom note, JonBenet’s underwear, piece of nylon cord used during strangulation, and duct tape covering JonBenet’s mouth (Agrawal, 2016). Investigators concluded that JonBenet was struck in head so hard that her skull was fractured, she was strangled with so much force that the nylon garrote was embedded in her skin, and she was sexually assaulted (Ramsey, 2000). Additionally, investigators determined the ransom note was written with a pad and pen from the Ramseys’ home, and the ransom price was the exact amount of John’s year-end bonus (Agrawal, 2016). The police department hired handwriting experts perform analyses of JonBenet’s parents; however, before the John and Patsy were required to provide handwriting samples, Detective
According to Douglas, one factor that led them away from the parents was that typically when someone is trying to stage a murder, they would not have the mindset to take time to write a three-page ransom note. Next, JonBenet was sexually assaulted and the DNA found in her underwear and from the skin under her fingernails was not a match to either of the parents, her brother, or anyone else that had given samples. Another factor, was that although the media was reporting that the handwriting samples from Patsy proved that she wrote the ransom note. In actuality, similarities between the two were very few. In fact, Patsy’s handwriting was only similar on the lowest possible scale and countless numbers of people could also fall into that category (Douglas, 449). There was no evidence of the string found tied around JonBenet’s hands and neck in the home. In addition, strange marks on JonBenet’s body resembled burns left from a stun gun and yet authorities did not find one at the scene and neither parent owned one (New York Times). Other evidence that suggested an intruder included a footprint found near JonBenet and a palm print on the door facing of the wine cellar that did not match those from the Ramsey’s or their friends
Due to the behavior record held by John is it strongly insisted that while trying to gain control of JonBenet the parents decided to put a cord collar around her neck and keep it tight with Patsy's paintbrush. Once JonBenet was still John Ramsey sexually assaulted her while Patsy went to check on their son and lay back in bed. Sometime during the assault JonBenet woke up and started struggling triggering her father smashing her head onto the floor, fracturing her skull. After he finished he called Patsy to help him clean up the mess caused, while trying to clean or put JonBenet back in bed they realized she was not breathing. Once this was called to attention Patsy panicked and John came up with a plan: stage a kidnapping. For the next few hours, John and Patsy Ramsey worked together in an attempt to elude the police with a kidnapping story until they could move the body out of their basement. Once the plan was in mind the duo each did their part; John washed the body and covered
On Christmas night in the year of 1996 a six old girl named Jonbenet Ramsey was killed and found in the family's wine cellar, long with a ransom note. After a christmas party Jonbenet's mother Patsy, took her sleeping daughter up to bed around 9:00 pm, but the next morning around 5:00 am her daughter was gone. Almost all of the evidence was strange starting with the placement of the body, the 911 call, the ransom note, the window, and the victim's stomach contents.
after the body was found the crime scene was heavily compromised which resulted in evidence being compromised or destroyed. The way that the body was found and how she died is the first major reason that the case remains unsolved, as it is unclear if the cause of death was strangulation, or blunt force trauma to the head. Another confusing lead is that jonbenet had eaten a single piece of pineapple, what makes the clue confusing is that no one in the house recalled eating pineapple, despite the fact that a bowl of pineapple was found in the kitchen with Burke and Patsy's finger prints on