With these suspects interrogated and their stories checked the Ramsey couple are still at the top of this list. Out of the eight suspects, only one confessed to this horrendous crime has been made by John Karr; John admitted to killing JonBenet in August of 2006 but after authorities carefully reviewed where he was the day of and surrounding the murder they realized it was unlikely he had done it because he was in Alabama at the time (Worthen). With the Ramseys being the lead suspects in 1998 Boulder county convened a grand jury to see if an indictment could be supported by the evidence at the time(Puffer-Rothenberg). It took this jury a year to come to a conclusion, within this time frame another jury voted to indict the Ramseys for their “alleged” involvement in their daughter's murder, however, D.A Alex Hunter decided not to file charges even though this jury's verdict was guilty(Worthen). After this the 1998 jury concluded that no charges could be filed based off of the evidence at hand (Puffer-Rothenberg). Alex Hunter, after soon dropping the charges, sent a letter to the Ramseys officially apologizing for considering them suspects and exonerating them the question that the nation is wondering now is did Mrs.Hunter exonerate
When I looked at the handwriting of the ransom note and the handwriting of Patsy, there are some similarities, within the letters. Any individual can make their handwriting look sloppy, but there will always be similarities. I believe Patsy could have been irritated by something that JonBent could have possibly done, which caused Patsy to hit JonBent with a forceful object that could have caused serious brain damage. Instead of taking JonBent to the hospital she decide to stage a crime sense of a kidnap and murder instead. If Patsy did murder her daughter she got away with the
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 unsolved murder of the six year old beauty queen, JonBenet Ramsey has left the nation shocked and heartbroken even 20 years later. With the lack of verification from police, citizens from all around the world have resulted in making eyebrow raising speculations all on their own.
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
Criminal investigators are still doing DNA testing to see if they can find out if they can solve this case (42). The investigators have been using a chemical test to so if there could be a palm print on the ransom note. DNA experts have also been using examining clippings from JonBenet’s fingernails for genetic material. Detective Lawrence Schiller has written a novel called, “Perfect Murder-Perfect Town.” In this book Schiller describes the crime and the background of the town where Jonbenet was murdered (Schiller 58). This could conclude to general clues that could’ve been linked to Jonbenet’s murder. In the city of Boulder, CO where there was only one homicide in the previous year many people have been wondering if this mysterious case can ever be solved.” (Osborne 42) This is a very complex case and which shows that people are still wondering if this case will ever be solved, since they know the town that they live is known as being safe. With the false accusations taking place and the puzzling evidence found, investigators are still unable to find the killer of Jonbenet
clear to me that the Ramsey family murdered JonBenét. I believe that the brother Burke Ramsey actually killed JonBenét but Patsey and John conducted the covered up. Out of all the suspects that were interrogated he was the only one that stood out to me. Burke was the only person that could of done it. He was in the house at the time of the murder, he was jealous of JonBenét because she was the pageant winner and like the trophy child in the family. She always got what she wanted and she always got more attention from her parents then Burke did.
For the past 21 years America has been dumbfounded by the killing of an innocent pageant queen. JonBenet Ramsey a 6-year old child was horrendously murdered on December 25, 1996. A ransom note was left on the stairs of her house. Patricia Ramsey, her mother, woke up and went downstairs to make coffee, but instead found the ransom not on the staircase. Immediately after reading it Patricia Ramsey called the police reporting JonBenet as missing. The police arrived at their house and less than 8 hours later her body was found in the basement of their Colorado home. The suspects of this horrendous crime are John Ramsey, Patricia Ramsey, and her 9-year old brother Durke Ramsey. The killing of an innocent girl will haunt the history of America until this case is solved. So, who committed this horrendous crime?
Rigor Mortis had set in showing that JonBenet was killed anywhere between 10pm the night before and 5am the day that she was found. When she was first found she had duct tape covering her mouth, a garrote around her neck, and it appeared that she had been hit in the head with a hard object. Not only had she been tied up, but it also appeared that she had been sexually assaulted. There was DNA evidence taken from her underwear and examined; it did not match with any of the suspects. In an article called The Death of JonBenet: A Case That’s Captivated The Country For 20 Years by Jean Casarez, she says the autopsy revealed that, “JonBenet's cause of death was suffocation in conjunction with forcible trauma to her skull,” (CNN). The object that was used to hit JonBenet over the head was never found, but there are a few theories about it. One theory is that the night before, JonBenet stole some of Burke’s snack and he got angry. So angry that he took a heavy duty flashlight and hit her hard enough to fracture her skull. After JonBenet was found to be unconscious or dead, Patsy and John tried to cover up what Burke had done. This theory is plausible, because the garrote that was used was part of one of Patsy’s broken paintbrushes, there was a heavy duty flashlight that was seen on the Ramsey’s counter, and the ransom note and its draft were from one of Patsy’s note pads. Not only those things, but Burke was
JonBenet Ramsey was a 6-year-old beauty queen. On December 26, 1996 around 5:45am JonBenet’s mother, Patsy Ramsey, discovered a two page and a half note sitting on the steps inside the house after noticing that JonBenet wasn’t in her bed. The ransom note stated that they had their daughter held hostage, and the only way to get her back is if they give them $118,000. When the police showed up they started to investigate the whole house. By 1:00pm the detectives and investigators still haven't found any evidence. Detective Linda Arndt told fleet White and JonBenet’s father, John Ramsey, to search around to see if anything was out of line. The two men searched around the house until they reached the wine cellar in the basement. In there, they discovered JonBenet’s body. With a fractured skull and a bruised neck from stranglement, JonBenet was pronounced dead.
On the night of December 25, 1996, in Boulder, Colorado, Patsy Ramsey and John Ramsey tucked their children, JonBenet Ramsey and Burke Ramsey into bed after a long day of Christmas festivities. The family had plans to go on vacation the next day, and everyone was greatly anticipating the holiday trip. However, things did not go as planned. Patsy woke up early during the morning of the 26th, in order to prepare for the long day of traveling ahead. As Patsy walked down the kitchen staircase, she saw a two and half page letter sitting on the last step. Patsy quickly bent down to analyze the odd sighting. To Patsy’s horror, this two and half page letter would forever change her family’s life. Though the author of the letter remained unknown, they
Based on the facts in the case, it would be difficult to determine her killer, eventhough physical evidence was found, the killer is unknown to this day. In the student’s opinion, it is impossible to pinpoint who the actual killer, but suspicions lead to her brother Burke Ramsey. However, the physical evidence also led to the parents also. This case was speculated to have had many errors and was mishandled by some legal authorities. There physical evidence was apparent none which led to who committed this murder. In fact, Dr John Meyer, the coroner was unable to determine her time of death, however, he was later criticized for only spending 10 minutes with her body.
First suspect, Gary Oliva, lived a few blocks from the Ramseys. In 2000 Oliva was arrested on unrelated drug charges. When arrested a picture of JonBenét was found in his backpack that he carried. Oliva responded to the picture by saying how JonBenét’s murder touched him very deeply. He felt she was an exceptional girl whose death was an exceptional loss. He also felt the need to build a monument, a shrine, to remember this little girl. The night JonBenét died, Michael Vail, a high school friend of Oliva, received a call from him. During the call Oliva told Vail he hurt a little girl in Boulder. Records show no other girl was hurt that night in the area. Gary Oliva did not match the DNA on the scene. In 2006, 10 years after JonBenét’s death, John Mark Karr became a suspect. Karr confessed to the murder via email to Michael Tracey, a journalism professor. Tracy had emailed with Karr for four years to gain his trust. Karrs wording was similar to the wording used in the ransom note. He also used Patsys nickname “Neddie”, which he wouldn't have known. He said he was in love with JonBenét and confessed to hitting her with a flashlight. On August 16th 2008, with the help of British Intelligence, Royal Thai authorities, and US Department Of Homeland Security, Karr was found in Bangkok Thailand attempting to escape child pornography charges. Karr's DNA was
Based on your research, determine who you believe the killer to be and why. Give at least five reasons/factors (physical evidence) to support your conclusion. Based on my research, I have concluded that Burke, John, and Patsy Ramsey played a part in JonBenet’s murder. Burke Ramsey, JonBenet’s brother who was inside the residence after returning home with his parents from Christmas dinner with friends, may have accidentally knocked his sister JonBenet Ramsey unconscious over the head with a flashlight during a feud over a bowl of pineapples. (Augenstein, 2016) Burke was not asleep upon returning home as John and Patsy reported to the Boulder’s Detectives. The Boulder’s Detectives noticed in the kitchen during their investigation a flashlight
Twenty years have passed since the murder of 6 year old JonBenet Ramsey. On December 26, 1996 Patsy Ramsey (JonBenet’s mother) called the police to tell her child was missing. The police arrived moments later and found a panicked family and family friends. Police told the Family to search the house top to bottom to find evidence. John Ramsey came back moments later with Jon’s dead body. Earlier that morning patsy had found a ransom note on the stairs. Which had police thinking there was an intruder who killed Jon. They also found a broken window that was halfway open and a briefcase which was going to be used to carry Jon's body.