Unknown JonBenet Ramsey Killer- Colorado- 1996 Sept 15, 2015 7:46:22 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Sept 15, 2015 7:46:22 GMT -5
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The case of the unknown killer of JonBenet Ramsey, aired multiple times on AMW, unfortunately doesn't really need a case summary, as the entire nation is familiar with it.
However, to give a quick refresher- on December 26th, 1996, in Boulder, Colorado, police initially responded to the home of the Ramsey family for an alleged kidnapping. A ransom note had been left in the family's home. JonBenet's body was found hours later by her father, John Ramsey. She was only 6-years old.
Since then, the case, despite lots media attention, went cold, with lots of speculation but not many answers.
Suspicion centered around JonBenet's parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, and even her brother, Burke, who was only 9-years old at the time of her murder.
In 1999, a Boulder grand jury voted to indict John and Patsy Ramsey on charges of child abuse resulting in death. Alex Hunter, Boulder's District Attorney at the time declined to press charges despite the indictment, saying there was insufficient evidence to prove the charges at trial (this would not be revealed until 2013).
In 2006, a man named John Mark Karr, a former school teacher, was arrested in 2006 in connection with the case, but the charges were dropped a week later when police discovered a confession he gave claiming responsibility for the murder was riddled with inconsistencies.
Both John and Patsy, who died of ovarian cancer in 2006, were officially cleared of suspicion in 2008 based on DNA evidence from the crime scene.
Investigators reopened the case in 2010, launching a fresh round of interviews about the murder.
In February 2015, Mark Beckner, the former Police Chief of Boulder, talked openly and candidly about the case in an AMA (ask me anything) chat on the website Reddit, thinking his comments were only for a small group that talked about unsolved mysteries asking him questions, and not realizing they would later be open for public reading.
Beckner admitted he wished his department did a better job and blasted District Attorney Alex Hunter for getting too involved in the case. He expressed doubts that there would ever be a conviction in the case.
Thoughts? This case is a complete mess. First you had the sloppy way the crime scene was handled- it not being sealed off, friends and family allowed to go in and out of the house, etc. And I think it's a rare example of perhaps there being too much media coverage where usually the problem is no coverage- as it led to unfruitful speculation and no answers. I remember earlier on in my life (as a teen-early 20's), being a little upset the media only seemed to only care about cases like this (blonde white girl, wealthy family), when minority cases got neglected. Now that I'm older, I do feel guilty about my previous feelings and I'm mature enough to realize this was still an innocent girl that didn't deserve to be murdered, and she still deserves justice if that's at all possible. (Although I still maintain the media does not do a good enough job of covering minority missing and murdered cases).
Unfortunately, I'm not sure how possible justice is, as it's always been a lot of speculation, but too few facts.
How the heck did that John Mark Karr thing go as far as did? There are people who make false confessions to famous crimes all the time. There seemed to be no proof to back up his claims yet it took over a week for people to finally realize the guy was bonkers. I think I knew right away the guy was nuts. The only positive that came out of it is it for once allowed people to consider the possibility the JonBenet's parents had nothing to do with her murder, and could look at other angles and fresh perspectives.
And fair or not, speculation, especially from the public, will always be centered on John and Patsy despite DNA evidence clearing them, unless the case is ever solved.
In my opinion, it wasn't either of them, as foreign DNA was found at the crime scene, but fair or not, they will always be the main focus of many speculators.
Media-wise and investigation-wise (similar to the Adam Walsh case, lots of investigative missteps), this case is a mess. All we can do is hope for a miracle here that one day a killer will be arrested.
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