12 Years Later DNA Evidence Clears JonBenet Ramsey’s Family (Patsy, John & Burke) of Childs Death

 

What a difference 12 years make … Ramsey family cleared of JonBenet’sRamsey_john_patsy murder and receive apology from Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy.

Six year old JonBenet Ramsey was murdered in Boulder, CO in 1996. At the time of her death and the investigation that followed, JonBenet Ramsey’s family were put under the spot light and all but accused of the little 6-year-old beauty queen death. The family had remained under suspicion for years.

John Ramsey found his daughter’s strangled and bludgeoned body in the basement of the family’s home in Boulder on Dec. 26, 1996. Patsy Ramsey said she found a ransom note demanding $118,000 for her daughter.

Now some 12 years later prosecutors have cleared JonBenet Ramsey’s parents and brother of JonBenet’s murder and have apologized  to them for the cloud of suspicion the family was put under. According to prosecutors new DNA tests which focus on skin cells left behind point to a mysterious outsider. Unfortunately the news that the family was cleared of any wrong doings and the vindication by these DNA tests came to late for Patsy Ramsey as she died from ovarian cancer in 2006.

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New evidence renews old question … Who killed JonBenet? Who ever did it is still out there …

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New DNA tests, which focus on skin cells left behind from a mere touch, point to a mysterious outsider. They came too late to clear the name of JonBenet’s mother, Patsy, who died of cancer in 2006.

“To the extent that we may have contributed in any way to the public perception that you might have been involved in this crime, I am deeply sorry,” Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy wrote in a letter to the little girl’s father, John Ramsey. “No innocent person should have to endure such an extensive trial in the court of public opinion.”

Lacy said new “touch DNA” tests on skin cells that were left behind on JonBenet’s long underwear point to an “unexplained third party” and not a member of the family.

Timeline of the JonBenet Ramsey Case

Video: Remembering JonBenet

UPDATE I: Interview with John Mark Karr with Greta Van Susteren



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  • Comments

    60 Responses to “12 Years Later DNA Evidence Clears JonBenet Ramsey’s Family (Patsy, John & Burke) of Childs Death”

    1. Miss-Underestimated on July 9th, 2008 8:45 pm

      12 years to clear the family? Patsy died for crying outloud with this hanging over her head. This is a stinkin rotten shame. All of those involved in this investigation should be ashamed.

    2. erik on July 9th, 2008 11:44 pm

      i wonder if it will take that long for the van der soots to be cleared?

    3. bob on July 10th, 2008 3:54 am

      The Ramsey’s did it. It’s well known. One killer is dead and the other is trying to clear his name.

    4. Marjorie Park on July 10th, 2008 5:21 am

      Wendy Murphy deserves her comeuppance for blaming Patsy Ramsey. Bill O’R does not need her back. We have always believed in the Ramsey’s.
      ________
      SM: Not a chance and Wendy Murphy is more than welcome to Scared Monkeys anytime. She has done more for children’s rights than anyone.

      The Ramsey’s brought much of this on themsleves by stone walling.

      However, there are some that say that this evidense is still not enough …

      Wendy Murphy is a good egg and a defender of children.
      R

    5. Scared Monkeys on July 10th, 2008 5:35 am

      The interesting thing is that I am a little puzzled as to how no DNA present at the crime scene exonerates one from any involvement in a crime, especially when the crime occurred under your roof.

      One could still have had involvement in a crime even though they did not actually commit the crime. There is a thing called conspiracy to commit murder.

      This is another one of those cases that was just handled to poorly by all sides. Patsy and John Ramsey did themselves no favors by stonewalling police initially and refusing to take lie detector tests.

      That single decision created the doubt for many and the suspicion that they may have been involved.

    6. Susy Q on July 10th, 2008 6:37 am

      I don’t have a lot of confidence in Mary Lacy…she did not have to go to the huge expense to have Karr flown back for a DNA test…that could have been done in Thailand…Interpol may have been able to do it right there. Skin cell DNA could have come from anywhere and anyone. I hope some of you were watching Nancy Grace last night when Wendy Murphy expressed her thoughts on Mary Lacy’s pronouncement….PRICELESS… I like Wendy Murphy ! ! !

    7. Ramseys did it on July 10th, 2008 6:42 am

      We need to stop wasting money on this horrible case—- look at that child dressed up like an adult escort with all that make-up— shame on you greedy guilty Ramsey’s of child exploitation and murder!

    8. paulus is a cold blooded murderer on July 10th, 2008 7:26 am

      BULL CRAP – is all i can say

      one or both parents did it

    9. BUN on July 10th, 2008 7:47 am

      I always wondered about the guy that played Santa Claus…he had some weird things to say and remember they had written a book with this very theme. Did he have DNA test?

    10. richard on July 10th, 2008 8:07 am

      I didn’t follow this case very closely, but it never made sense to me that the parents would suddenly do this. From what I’ve seen, and again I don’t know that much about it, the girl’s behavior didn’t indicate anything to suggest that she had been the victim of molestation.

      I agree with those who say that dressing her up in those “model” uniforms was repulsive … but there’s quite a gulf between something like that and the killing of one’s own child, isn’t there?

      What puzzles me is that this news came out of the blue. Has there been some advance in the use of DNA that allowed them to figure this out? Was there some new discovery? Did they revisit the evidence for some reason?

      Is there some kind of psychological campaign going on … or maybe releasing this news is the prelude to a new investigation?

      Or is it somehow tied in to some political campaign … nothing else going on, so let’s show the voters how competent we are?

      In any case, this comes too late for the mother.

    11. da_wench on July 10th, 2008 9:14 am

      My daughter and Jon Benet were born on the same day and her death hit me pretty hard. I followed the case and my own theory for a long time was that Burke did it and the parents covered up. Unless they match the DNA to a known child molester or felon, this case will remain a mystery.

    12. paulus is a cold blooded murderer on July 10th, 2008 10:35 am

      yep, certainly possible burke did it and the cover up followed….hmmmmmm

      definately a possibility

    13. Susy Q on July 10th, 2008 11:23 am

      Bo Deitle (sp) was just on Fox….He’s not buying any of this !!!!! The only thing I can come up with is that Lacy feared a suit…I really don’t think JR wants to undergo a grilling cross ex. The Ramseys I think tried to keep the homicide det. Steve Thomas ( I think that is his name ) from writing his book, by threatening a libel suit but then dropped that idea….couldn’t you just see Patsy on cross…. I wish Dana would do a program on this case.

    14. bob on July 10th, 2008 2:25 pm

      Richard,

      I know something about this case and there is alot of evidence to show Jon-Benet had been molested. I know I can’t say too much here, but, allegedly, J Ramsey was part of a powerful group in the Denver/Boulder area involved in pedophilia. These people control the police. There are 2 keys to understanding this case: satanism and mind control.

    15. brie. on July 10th, 2008 2:29 pm

      Little girls are suppose to look like little girls…in some videos I’ve seen JonBenet looked like she was wearing an outfit from Las Vegas and they were sex suggestive….all the makeup on the child, bright red lipstick, mascara, painted her up like a totem pole and paraded her around like some kind of a spectacle….why would you want to do that to your 6 yr old daughter…what about playing with your doll babies and making mud pies….what about dancing lessons and wearing some cute decent kind of costume at dance recital….I’m sorry but her mother turned her into some kind of a display….what kind of money did she get for all of pageants…..

    16. always 1 on July 10th, 2008 4:37 pm

      Hi Brie, this is OT I wonder where MissKate is? I even emailed her and she didnt respond.

    17. brie. on July 10th, 2008 4:44 pm

      They’re may have also some been some jealously in that household by a sibling because it was Christmas…presents!!!!!

    18. brie. on July 10th, 2008 5:55 pm

      Hi Always I…I also wonder where Misskate is too….we haven’t heard from her for a long time..I really like her input and her presence…I miss her….maybe she went on vacation!!!

    19. misskatie on July 10th, 2008 9:45 pm

      hello always 1 and brie

      yes I got your email always 1 and couldnt respond … work has been so hectic this last two weeks.. that by the time I get home I am bushed… so nice to know your misssed thats so precious thank you and brie for caring… here I am .. oh amongst that I had fallen down a flight of stairs..recovering… and on top of that I was moving at the same time… I am back now … so good to see you both concerned.. god bless you.. for your kindness… its horribly hot here… we have alot of fires going on the air quality is bad!!!
      misskatie

    20. misskatie on July 10th, 2008 9:50 pm

      BRIE
      I agree about what you said about jon bonets mother dressing her like an adult… with all that makeup and sexy clothes… I am sure she had no idea that she was doing the wrong thing and that possibly she could be sought out by some sick mind that got turned on by her.

      sad that her mother went to her grave not knowing who did it… the sad thing is that it happened on christmas…

      this is the joyful time for a child… all the presents and festivities… santa and the works…god rest her precious soul..
      and may the asshole who killed her rought in hell and die a slow and painful death.. that goes for all child killers….

    21. brie. on July 11th, 2008 4:41 am

      MissKatie….hey, there you are…happy to see you back but sorry to hear about your fall…stairs can be so dangerous…I took a spill once and it takes a long time for those bone bruises to heal….warm bathes and epsom salt in the water does help….

      As far as JonBenet and her family, I am relieved for them…such a shame it didn’t come earlier for Patsy…..but at least John has relieved his shoulders….difficult enough to loose your daughter in such a tragedy and then have to live with being a suspect…..

    22. richard on July 11th, 2008 8:09 am

      Bob (#14), thanks for your post. I can’t say that she wasn’t molested, and I really don’t know that much about this case anyway. From what I’d read, her behavior before this tragedy didn’t reveal any of the classic signs that something was wrong … but I repeat, I don’t know much about it.

      Your comment is very interesting to me because the same issues were raised in the case of Johnny Gosch. I don’t know if anything in these allegations go beyond the realm of rumor, but I’d be very interested in hearing more about it.

    23. mr right on July 11th, 2008 8:59 am

      same case as oj simpson , micheal jackson,
      and hundreds more rich and famous will always
      buy their freedom….in the usa.

      jails are only for the poor……in the usa.

      this child was raped, killed or whatever in her
      own home , WHILE BOTH PARENTS WERE AT HOME….
      COME ON PEOPLE, HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE….????/

    24. katablog on July 11th, 2008 10:49 am

      I understand that parents are often looked at when a crime like this has been committed, but I felt horrible to watch Patsy and John be drug through the news to hell and back because of peoples’ speculations.

      Not taking a lie detector test is one’s right. When your attorneys advise you not to, it’s probably best that you don’t and it doesn’t mean you are guilty. There were far too many other pieces of evidence that seemed to exonerate John and Pasty. Just because Jon Benet appeared to have been sexual abused for a period of time doesn’t mean 1) it happened – there are other possible explanations 2) it was done by her family.

      All sorts of little girls are dressed up in beauty pageants. we might not choose it for our little girl, but again it doesn’t point to guilt or make them bad parents.

      I read Perfect Murder, Perfect Town – and I never thought the family was involved. If I had to GUESS – I’d really look at Santa Claus who was a neighbor. Some very strange facts involved with him. But I think it’s wrong to torture someone for years because of suspicions without evidence.

    25. MissKatie on July 11th, 2008 11:16 am

      lol Mr. right love your name!!

      BRIE
      i AM FINE NOW i THINK .. THE BRUISES ARE HEALING NO BROKEN BONES THANK GOD…GOOD TO SEE U2 BRIE SMILES.

      MISSKATIE

    26. da_wench on July 11th, 2008 1:30 pm

      From reading the blogs on our local Denver 9 website, it seems like a lot of people still believe the John and Patsy are guilty of murder. I do not agree with the way they dressed and paraded Jon Benet around, but that doesn’t make them killers or even bad parents. ALL parents make poor decisions. Nobody is perfect. I think the Ramsey’s attorney did them a lot of harm by advising them to stay quiet. That a$$hole probably thought they were guilty and was trying to protect HIS case. Very sad that Patsy didn’t live to get an apology from the Boulder DA.

    27. Sharon Chicago on July 11th, 2008 3:27 pm

      #4 …SM…
      Hey Wendy was wrong on this one and thats a fact. No matter how wonderful she was on other cases this one she was not on the target. She
      was verbally brutal! God bless her :o )

    28. Patti on July 11th, 2008 3:38 pm

      I, always, thought it was the ‘Santa’ too!

      (Verrrrrrry Strange Character)

      .

      Maybe that’s TOO simple.

      .

      Quote from Frank Zappa:

      ‘I, always, go to Boulder…

      to get my HEAD together’

      .

      With all the ‘Dead’ heads in Boulder

      and

      the easy availablility of drugs…

      there, very well, could be a

      psychopathic child molester among them.

      For now, my moneys on:

      Santa Claus…

      ’12 months out of the year’

      .

    29. bob on July 11th, 2008 3:41 pm

      Richard,

      Google Jonbenet and satanism for starters. This will bring you to many interesting articles. Also Jonbet is an occult name for satan. The timing of the killing, Chrstmas eve, may be no accident. Ramsey was a billionaire at one time. He has had questionable things on his office computers. Jon benet had been taken to a pediatrician dozens of times. Also google in SRA.

    30. Patti on July 11th, 2008 4:18 pm

      Santa = Satan

      .

      Doesn’t anyone find it odd?

      Santa and his wife were working on a novel…

      about a childhood, beauty-pageant star

      that was murdered in her own home?!!!

      .

      I do.

    31. Patti on July 11th, 2008 4:29 pm

      And…

      just in case my comment was TOO harsh,

      I love Boulder,

      Gold Hill and the

      back route through Parker.

      .

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    33. Patti on July 11th, 2008 5:59 pm

      But…

      ‘Street People’ are a problem in Boulder.

      There’s no telling HOW long

      a person could be residing in your basement…

      Preying on your daughter.

      .

      (The boogeyman is REAL)

    34. Ray on July 11th, 2008 9:08 pm

      The DA is trying to put a lid on this case and push it to the Back of the stove.

    35. bob on July 12th, 2008 12:54 am

      All one has to do to know the Ramsey’s did it is read the “ransom note” that Patsy wrote. One line in there said, “John, you need to grow a brain,” which was one of Patsy’s sayings. It’s a joke.

    36. richard on July 12th, 2008 7:39 am

      DaWench, do you live in Denver too? I just moved here in January ….

      I don’t know why it is that this news about the DNA should suddenly come out at this time. The Denver Post had a reference to it saying that some new technique had been used.

      But if we focus on the DNA evidence, then unless we have reason to think that the authorities are playing fast and loose with the facts, I imagine that we have to rely on this as opposed to all of the speculation.

      The only other option is to assume that the DNA was from someone else who was there, or was “planted” later. But this seems pretty improbable to me … it’s building hypothesis on hypothesis.

      Bob, thanks for the guidance; I’ll look.

    37. richard on July 12th, 2008 7:43 am

      Patti, your comments about the neighbor, ‘Santa,’ seem to me to make a lot of sense. We remember the case of Danielle van Dam in San Diego, and of course Jessica Lunsford in Florida.

      Any idea as to whether he had regular access to the Ramsay home?

      Of course, as I said above … I don’t know much about this case.

    38. Patti on July 12th, 2008 9:47 am

      The Boulder police never would believe the evidence in this case. The basement window was open, but had not been messed with in quite some time. The spider webs were undisturbed. They couldn’t, quite, get it out of their heads that this was a single act of violence.

      I believe that basement window was open and used as a means of access for quite some time… the Ramsey’s had been stalked by one who, after some time, knew every detail about their lives. One who had become accustomed to those late night interloods… with their child.

    39. Patti on July 12th, 2008 1:07 pm

      They need to look for someone called ‘Lou’

      Either Louis Palmer or Parker Lewis.

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    41. Mindy on July 14th, 2008 7:09 am

      Patti and Richard, learn the facts!
      Santa was hardly a neighbor, he lived quite a distance away..had an alibi and was recovering from surgery at the time. There is nothing (hair,DNA,prints) tying him to the crime scene, he was thouroughly investigated. The play Santa’s wife was wrote was based on another case, Sylvia Liken (spelling?) and she was not a beauty queen.
      There are some excellent resources on the web if you want to get up to speed on the case. Start at http://www.acandyrose.com. KHOW radio- Peter Boyles and Caplis/Silverman had shows last week which discussed the case in detail. They are not afraid of law suit threats from bully attorney Lin Wood.

    42. Lori on July 19th, 2008 12:12 am

      Dateline had a great piece with Detective Lou Smit, in which he took people to the house and discussed the evidence which lead him to believe the intruder theory.

    43. Susan on July 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm

      If you read much at all about the case, you will find that an independent panel of medical pathologists agreed unanimously that Jonbenet’s genitalia showed signs of chronic sexual abuse. That’s chronic, not merely acute. Sadly, the case was hopelessly mishandled, due to the fact that Ramsey is a millionaire, and the Boulder DA interfered with the cops doing their job.

      Contact DNA comes from merely touching something. Even factory workers’ DNA has been found on garments. This is not exonerating evidence, it’s a red herring. Read about the case, and ignore people like Lou Smit, who should not be in law enforcement, because he is clearly one of those people who cannot even picture a white affluent seemingly wholesome woman as a child killer, even if she dressed her little six year old like a seductress and bleached her hair. In time, these new “revelations” will be debunked. But the people who’ve bothered to learn about the case already know who the murderer is.

    44. Lori on July 22nd, 2008 11:55 pm

      Would the same factory worker’s DNA be found not only in the underpants but in touch DNA on the leggings? And what about the Hi-Tech boot print found at the scene? The open basement window? Detective Lou Smit actually fit through the well grate and basement window. What about the stun gun markings found on Jon Benet? Words used in the ransom note had phrases from different movies. The Ramseys were not avid movie-goers. In 48 Hours Mystery, Detective Lou Smit discusses that parents do not use the garrote device that was used when they harm their children. He also says the killer wrote the note before the assault because he would have been too agitated afterwards. From the basement to the outside runs a pipe that could explain why the neighbor heard a scream. A scream from the basement could not be heard not from the parent’s bedroom, as was tested by detectives. The Ramseys passed lie detector tests in the year 2000 by a California expert. I didn’t even hear about that until this year. The magazines and news reports sure didn’t headline that news!

    45. gina on July 23rd, 2008 11:52 pm

      I followed the case quite a bit. First, I read Steve Thomas’ book. It left me 98% convinced the parents did it. I wanted to be fair, so I read the parents book.It left me 100% convinced they were guilty. They had very little concern for what their daughter went thru, the book was all about what this case did to THEM! Where was the grief for what she went thru! SHE WAS THE VICTIM!!! The evidence in this case was so poorly handled that I don’t trust any of it. Nor do I trust the people responsible for handling the case. Patsy was so self absorbed with her battle with cancer…I think SBTC may have stood for She Beat The Cancer. Victory!

    46. kris on August 3rd, 2008 3:51 pm

      I don’t get this at all. The way I understand DNA skin cell evidence is that I could pick up a pair of panties at the Walmart, leave my DNA skin cells on it, decide not to buy it, and thus be later identified as having left evidence on a child’s underwear. HOW DOES THAT INDICATE THE RAMSEY’S ARE INNOCENT?!? Seriously, find out who really did do it and then apologize. I have always believed it was Patsy and I think it sucks that they are being cleared without much more evidence than was presented in 1996.

      Kris

    47. Lori on August 4th, 2008 8:40 pm

      That would be quite a coincidence you leaving DNA evidence in her underpants AND touch DNA on her leggings!

    48. Lennia on August 23rd, 2008 11:08 pm

      Although I do agree that JonBenet did dress like someone who isn’t her age, I disagree that her parents were abusing her. Maybe this type of thing was acceptable in pageants in those days; and JonBenet enjoyed pageants, her parents supported her.

    49. John Sawyer on September 3rd, 2008 3:20 am

      As a few others have stated above, this DNA evidence doesn’t clear the Ramseys–there’s too much evidence they were probably complicit in the murder, even if they may not have wielded the murder weapon. Patsy was suspected of wearing gloves when she wrote the “ransom” note, so she could just as well have been wearing gloves if she was involved during the murder, tying up JonBenet, etc–fibers from one of her coats were found on the duct tape used to cover JonBenet’s mouth. Even if some third party was the one who raped and then killed JonBenet, the Ramseys knew it was happening as it happened–neighbors 100 feet away heard JonBenet scream loudly at the time she was killed, but the Ramseys claim to have heard nothing, which is pretty doubtful. If there was a Satanist angle, it’s possible whoever raped and killed JonBenet, was someone high up in their group, who demanded or was given the “privilege” of doing these things, who the Ramseys, as loyal cult followers, would not inform on, since within a Satanic belief system, such acts are either OK, or you have to agree to letting others have their way with your kids if you want to be part of the cult.

    50. Lori on September 3rd, 2008 12:26 pm

      A scream from the basement could not be heard from the parent’s bedroom, as was tested by detectives. From the basement to the outside runs a pipe that could explain why the neighbor heard a scream. Stun gun markings on JonBenet explain how she got from her bedroom to the basement without anyone hearing her.

      There are fibers that may be from Patsy’s jacket on the tape – - but those fibers were in the paint tote and could have been transferred to the tape by the killer – he had gone into the paint tote for a paintbrush. And both John and Fleet had comforted Patsy that morning and then they both touched the tape – - they could have carried the fibers to the tape. Lou Smit said, “No, you just can’t rely on fiber evidence because fibers could come off the jacket or something similar to the jacket.” …

      All the rest of your thinking is speculation quite opposite of what is known about the Ramseys’ belief system and character.

    51. Lori on September 3rd, 2008 12:29 pm

      What’s more, Lou Smit said that there were dozens of fibers unaccounted for.

    52. Stephanie on November 8th, 2008 4:20 am

      This touch DNA evidence is NO EVIDENCE at all. Only the Ramsey supporters consider this evidence. The DNA evidence found on the underware is the same “stranger” touch DNA they would find on ANYTHING sold in the world. Someone touched those underwear, tee shirts, socks etc… when they are manufactured and when they are packed. That is the DNA they found. Not even the complete DNA of any ONE specific human being it has nothing to do with the case. Only family DNA was found. Touch DNA is found on every piece of clothing we own from people touching them in stores and trying them on. But we usually wash clothes before we wear them.
      The touch DNA was found on JonBenet brand new underwear which had never been washed they were straight out of the package. The touch DNA wss probably from some misc worker in CHINA.

      Dr. Henry Lee has stated many times that this DNA is not real DNA that has anything to do with the case —
      ANYONE (including family) who had any real desire for justice would dismiss this DNA and quit relying on fake evidence.

    53. Lori on November 8th, 2008 10:47 pm

      Ollie Gray, private investigator, said during the Nancy Grace show, that DNA in the underwear was liquid, but not sperm. The recent touch DNA was from her longjohns near the waist. What a coincidence that the liquid DNA from her underwear matched the touch DNA from her longjohns! That “misc. worker from CHINA” sure gets around!

    54. Shun Hatton on October 24th, 2009 9:23 am

      I can’t believe some of the comments here, you people are so willing to condemn these parents without knowing the truth. Just imagine yourselves in these parents position. Your daughter is murdered and the police are looking at you for her murder. I wouldn’t take a lie detector test either. The press demonised the parents and you Americans swallowed their lies hook line and sinker.
      The press have done exactly the same thing here in Australia. Schapelle Corby’s family have been demonised in exactly the same way and Australians have swallowed the lies as well.
      __________
      SM: Sadly the parents did many things that flew in the face of what typical parents with a missing, murdered child would have done. They brought much of it on themself.

      The first thing Mark Klass did, father of Polly Hannah Klaas was to have a lie detector done so police would understand he had nothing to do with the crime and they could search for the real suspects.
      R

    55. Heather on January 18th, 2010 6:36 am

      I know my comments are 2 years behind all the others but i watched the movie tonight and i’ve been reading different things tonight and i do know this case was severely mishandled by everyone and a little girl was let down and it is sad. I dont know if they killed their daughter but i do know they let her down cause there is no doubt in my mind that she was molested for a child to wet the bed every night and wants adults to wipe them at 6 yrs old something was wrong there and it was their job to find out who was doing that to their daughter. I also have no doubts that she would have went to her mother and told her mother cause i was the first person my daughter came to when she was molested. I went to authorities immediately so i am certain Patsy is guilty of something and covered up something I also think she suffered for her part in it. God made the guilty suffer for letting this child down.

    56. Truth on July 23rd, 2010 11:39 pm

      A few things about that note that struck me;

      1. the long-winded story telling is so child like. It sounds like a socially and emotionally immature person telling their mum some elaborate lie to cover their back. Perhaps the authorities were not looking in a young enough age group (e.g under 18) Only a young person would think $118000 dollars is a lot of money to demand in a ransom, surely?!

      2. There are quite a few phrases and paraphrases from movies (Speed, Dirty Harry), fbi files type shows etc which again makes me think of a younger person who has little life experience and had to draw on movies & tv to construct the note.

      3. Some of the language used, the punctuation used and the deliberate attempts at mispelling suggest the person may be socially immature, but they are probably at quite a good academic level.

      4. The changes in the handwriting and writing style somewhat indicated disjointed thoughts, but I don’t think this person was in a panic. I think they felt angry and manic. I also think there was genuine venom aimed at John.

      5. I think the sign off “Victory! S.B.T.C” strikes me as some kind of attempt at superiority, perhaps indicative of some manic thinking (delusions of grandeur)?

      I can’t help but wonder if the intention of the ransom note was truly meant to be a ransom note for her body, but that somehow their plan fell through when they were not able to take her body from the scene? Or perhaps when the person could not take her alive from the scene (not strong enough?) they decided to kill her in the home.

      There are numerous words used that suggest someone with an IT background and as that was John’s business ..I can’t help but wonder if they looked closely enough at ex-trainees or employees there. Also the $118000 was the amount of a bonus awarded to John that other employees would know about.

      Overall, I do think the police’s almighty c*ck-ups in this case have ruined the chances of ever catching this person. Unless their DNA ends up in the system, we will probably never know.

      I personally think everyone who jumped to the assumption it was the parents has done a great disservice to that little girl, who will probably never receive justice.

    57. gary on November 11th, 2010 2:30 pm

      The ransom note has a lot of similarly as the 1931 Lindbergh kidnapping case.
      1. Both were written by a family member.
      2. Both blame a foreign facist gp.
      3. Both have a low ransom amount.
      4. Both crimes were staged.
      5. an innocent man went to his death and this
      could happen again.
      This is my Theory.
      Xmas morning they all get up and run to open gifts left under the tree, but didn’t have time to play with their toys because they had to get ready to visit friends, when they got home that night they had to go to bed because they were flying to Ga. in the morning to visit family, but during the night the little boy couldn’t sleep because he wanted to go down stairs and play with his gifts but was scared, so he woke his sister up to go with him, they both played until the little girl said she was tired and going to bed, he told her he would open a can of pineapples for her if she would stay with him, they start playing again when the boy spots a gun in his fathers gifts that looks like a toy space gun then aims it up and pulls the trigger and he see an arc at the end of the gun, he thinks this must be his and he does it again, now he starts chasing his sister and she runs to the basement stopping on the landing, he shoots her in the lower sjde she screams (this is the scream that a neighbor heard around midnight, the sound travels out the broken basement window, then he shot her again in the neck area, this time the voltage was just too much she fell down the stairs hitting her head on the steps or the floor, the head wound didn’t bleed much because her heart had stopped, the boy ran up stairs to get his parents, when the mother saw her little girl she knew right away she was dead, at one time was a nurse.
      This is when the kidnapping hoax started, they had to show another way of death this is why a garrote was used to take attenion away from the stun gun marks, when it came time to transport her body to another area and leave her in the snow with animals eating her she just couldn’t do it..

    58. AMC on November 21st, 2010 6:21 am

      how bout the child porn they found on the dads computer?

      and the police let him get away with it by allowing them to contaminate the scene.

      it’s all here

      http://www.stewwebb.com/jonbenet_ramsey_murder_investigator_speaks_out.htm

    59. Inga on April 23rd, 2011 12:26 pm

      I have always thought that John (Jon Benet’s) half brother was involved since his father had his name cleared quite readily by the police. It was his suitcase that was in the basement, and also his sperm (supposedly) on Jon Benet’s blanket. He was in college at the time, but was in the area at Christmas time. Could have flown in from college, did it, and flew back. OJ did that, and also the Porco case in Albany NY

    60. BrunoT on August 27th, 2012 9:12 am

      Read the new book about this ridiculous DA by a lead investigator on the case. He disagrees.

      So did a lead investigator over a decade ago. He resigned because of the protection the DA office was giving the Ramseys. So did others.

      Zero chance an intruder did it. Or the boy. (no 9 y/o fashions a garrot). Hence, the parents did it.

      People love money so much they subconsciously try to defend it.

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