In 1999 Grand Jury Sought to Indict JonBenet Ramsey’s Parents, Patricia Paugh Ramsey & John Ramsey on Charges of Child Abuse Resulting in Death & Accessories to a Crime

After 17 years, Colorado courts have released the previously sealed court documents of the grand jury indictments against the parents of murdered 6 year old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, Patricia Paugh Ramsey and John Ramsey. The Colorado grand jury looked to bring identical charges against both Patsy and John Ramsey of child abuse resulting in death and accessories to a crime. However, the indictments were never pursued by the prosecutor stating there was insufficient evidence.

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Both John and Patricia Ramsey charged with felonious child abuse resulting in death


Both John and Patricia Ramsey charged by grand jury with felonious accessory to a crime


Colorado court ordered the release of the previously sealed court documents, putting new attention on the unsolved 1996 death of JonBenet Ramsey, a girl who won child beauty pageants and whose murder shocked the nation. The pages were sealed in 1999, after the grand jury in the case dispersed without charges being filed.

The court documents show how the grand jury sought to charge each parent with two identical counts.

The grand jury had alleged that Patricia Paugh Ramsey, who died from ovarian cancer in 2006, and husband John Bennett Ramsey “did … permit a child to be unreasonably placed in a situation which posed a threat of injury to the child’s life or health which resulted in the death of JonBenet Ramsey.”

The grand jury also had alleged that each parent “did … render assistance to a person, with intent to hinder, delay and prevent the discovery, detention, apprehension, prosecution, conviction and punishment of such person for the commission of a crime, knowing the person being assisted has committed and was suspected of the crime of murder in the first degree and child abuse resulting in death.”


Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner said Friday that the murder case is now considered “open,” but it’s a cold case that’s not being actively investigated.

UPDATE I: Grand jury prepared child abuse indictment against JonBenet Ramsey’s parents, newly released documents show.

Fourteen years later, a local newspaper reporter who learned through sources that the grand jury had voted on an indictment convinced a judge to unseal part of it.

There were four pages released, two John Ramsey and two for Patricia, who died of cancer in 2006. Both were indicted on two counts: child abuse resulting in death and accessory to a crime.

But the documents were short on details, raising perhaps more questions than they answered.

Although the Boulder DA had earmarked 18 indictment pages for possible release, the judge only put out those that were signed by the grand jury foreperson.

It’s unclear if the other pages contained more details about the Ramseys’ actions or named someone as the killer.

17 Years Later after the Death of 6 Year Old JonBenet Ramsey, Murder Indictment to be Unsealed Over Family’s Objection

The unsolved death of 6 year old JonBenet Ramseyback in the news …

17 years later after the death of 6 year old JonBenet Ramsey, the murder indictment is to be unsealed. The murder indictment of her parents, John and Patricia Ramsey Ramsey, was kept secret all these years and never prosecuted. The Ramsey family has objected to the release of the indictment; however, Senior District Judge J. Robert Lowenbach said he was “sympathetic” to the Ramsey family’s position but was only allowed under law to release the indictment.  JonBenet Ramsey was found dead  beaten and strangled in the basement of her parent’s Colorado home on Dec. 26, 1996. Patricia Paugh Ramsey died of ovarian cancer in 2006.


Seventeen years after the nation was riveted by the unsolved murder of 6-year-old beauty-pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey, an indictment of her parents — which was kept secret and never prosecuted — will be released Friday.

It’s unclear what light the 18 pages of grand jury documents will shed on the mystery that spawned books, TV movies and countless theories about who killed the little girl found dead in the basement of her Colorado home on Dec. 26, 1996.

Scott Robinson, a prominent Denver defense lawyer who has followed the case for years, said the court papers probably include a statement of supporting facts that would “give us a sense of of what the grand jury was thinking when they saw the evidence available at that time.”

It will be interesting to see what is in these court documents, more to come …

The Dana Pretzer Show On Scared Monkeys Radio – Tuesday, October 4th, 2010 – Special Guests: Robin Sax, Wendy Murphy & Clint Van Zandt Discussing the Rutgers Suicide of Tyler Clementi and the Jon Bonnet Ramsey Case



Tonight Dana welcomes special guests:

  • Robin Sax, Former DA, author and TV analyst will be discussing the Rutgers Suicide of 18 year old Tyler Clementi and recent developments in the Jon Bonnet Ramsey Case. 
  • Wendy Murphy, Former DA, author and professor discussing the death of Tyler Clementi, the  Rutgers suicide and the case against the Two Rutgers students who video taped  Tyler Clementi.
  •  Clint Van Zandt, Former FBI agent, author and safety expert discussing the Rutgers suicide and recent developments in the Jon Bonnet Ramsey case.  

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.


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


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

DNA not a match … John Mark Karr will not be charged in JonBenet’s Murder … It was a hoax

The Boulder, CO prosecutors have dropped the charges against John Mark Karr in the John Karrmurder case of 6 year old JonBenet Ramsey. According to reports, Karr’s DNA does not match the DNA found at the crime scene.

BOULDER, Colo. (Reuters) -Colorado prosecutors won’t charge schoolteacher John Mark Karr with the murder of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey after tests showed his DNA does not match DNA found in her underwear, two local TV stations reported on Monday.

This makes the case even more of a joke than the media circus that the confession of John Mark Karr had become. What could the Boulder DA have had an evidence to arrest John Karr in Thailand and fly him back to the United States? Karr’s family has claimed from the outset that he was with them when he claimed to have been in Colorado. Now with no DNA match, there is no case.

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John Mark Karr Murder Confession of JonBenet Ramsey … Hoax, Fraud, Fake … or the real deal?

Yesterday John Mark Karr admitted that he killed JonBenet Ramsey. The press John Mark Karr 1conference/perp walk  in Bangkok, Thailand that resembled nothing short of a  circus. The question that has come to so many people’s minds since the breaking news that John Mark Karr’s admission of the murder of 6 year old JonBenet almost 10 years ago, is he telling the truth?

Is the confession from John Mark Karr a hoax? Is he a delusional pedophile  seeking attention or worse. For the sake of the Ramsey family one can only hope that his confession of JonBenet’s murder is for real. Otherwise there is even a more special place in hell reserved for John Mark Karr than the one that he already has a reservation for. It is obvious that John Mark Karr is a sex offender that needs to be taken off the street for the safety of our children. However, did he really do what he claims?

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John Mark Karr confesses to Killing JonBenet Ramsey

Ten years after 6 year old JonBenet Ramsey was found murdered in her parents John Mark Karr 1basement in Colorado, John Mark Karr admits to killing her. JonBenet Ramsey  was found beaten and strangled in the basement of the family’s home in Boulder, CO  on December 26, 1996.

The American suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case said publicly Thursday he was with the 6-year-old when she died and called her death “an accident,” a stunning admission that will help answer 10 years of questions in the unsolved murder case.

“I was with JonBenet when she died,” John Mark Karr told reporters in Bangkok, visibly nervous and stuttering as he spoke. “Her death was an accident.”

Although John Mark Karr states that the death of JonBenet was an accident, US authorities informed the Thailand police that  an arrest warrant has been issued for John Mark Karr for first degree, premeditated  murder.

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At the press conference, Suwat said Karr insisted after his arrest that his crime was not first-degree murder. “He said it was second- degree murder. He said it was unintentional. He said he was in love with the child. She was a pageant queen,” Suwat said.

The Thai officer quoted the suspect as saying he tried to kidnap JonBenet for a $118,000 ransom but that his plan went awry and he strangled her to death. Patsy Ramsey, JonBenet’s mother, reported finding a ransom note in the house demanding $118,000 for her daughter.


According to The Rocky Mountain News, John Mark Karr brought attention to himself with a 4 year sxchange of emails with University of Colorado jorunalism professor Michael Tracey. Tracey had done a documentary on the JonBenet case professing the parents involvment in the case.

Karr drew attention to himself with a four-year exchange of e-mail with University of Colorado journalism professor Michael Tracey.

The ongoing exchange was initiated by Karr after he watched a documentary that Tracey – long a vocal proponent of the Ramseys’ innocence – produced on JonBenet’s death.

Tracey passed on information he developed to former Boulder D.A.’s investigator Lou Smit and El Paso County private investigator Ollie Gray, who in turn pressed Lacy to pursue Karr.

Accused JonBenet killer says death accident

John Mark Karr stated that JonBenet Ramsey’s death was an accident and that he loved the girl. Of course that hardly explains a ransom letter. John Mark Karr, 41, arrested in Thailand on Wednesday  will be charged in the US with murder, kidnapping and sexual abuse of JonBenet Ramsey.

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John Mark Karr, Suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey murder arrested in Thailand

Breaking News from CNN: A suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey murder has been arrested in Thailand, Denver TV station KUSA reports. CNN working to confirm.


Arrest Made in the JonBenet Ramsey case, a suspect has been detained in Thailand in  the 1996 murder of 6 year old JonBenetJonBenet

Jon Ramsey, JonBenet’s father, was told by Colorado authorities that an arrest was made overseas in connection with his daughter’s death in 1996, MSNBC-TV reported.

According to Denver NBC affiliate 9NEWS, sources close to the investigation said an arrest was made in Thailand on Wednesday morning. The information was still pending confirmation.

According to reports, the unidentified suspect has confessed to certain elements of the crime. However, the parts that have been confessed to would have been unknown to the general public. The Boulder County DA stated that the suspect will be brought back to the United States in the next couple of days.

According to the Rocky Mountain News, the suspect in question was being held in Bangkok, Thailand on unrelated sex charges. Law enforcement officials from Denver, CO are on their way to Thailand “to present Thai authorities with documents in the slaying of the 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant, officials in Washington said.”

Patsy Ramsey

For years the family of JonBenet Ramsey had been under a cloud of suspicion in the death of their 6 year old daughter. Patsy Ramsey, the mother of JonBenet, went to her grave in many respects still under that cloud. Patsy Ramsey recently died of ovarian cancer.

Man held in death of JonBenet Ramsey

UPDATE: According to reports from CNN  the suspect is a 42 year old man who was 2nd grade  school teacher. Also from the Rocky Mountain News, the 41 year old school teacher was a one time resident of Conyers, GA.

(Much more below and updates)

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