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JonBenét Ramsey: An American Murder Case That Still Remains Unsolved

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One of the most chilling murder cases in American history that still remains unsolved to this day is the case of six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey. On December 26, 1996, the body of JonBenét was found in the Ramsey family’s basement. The question still remains, who would commit such a ruthless crime on such an innocent young girl?

JonBenét belonged to a rich family living with her mother Patsy, her father John, and her nine-year-old brother Burke. She was never your average ordinary six-year-old. She participated in many pageants as a young girl, winning most of them. She even won the title of Miss Little Colorado. Needless to say, she was quite accomplished for being just six years old. However, none of the success would last very long.

The morning after the murder, the family had plans to fly in John Ramsey’s private plane and go on a Disney Cruise with the whole family. However, those plans quickly changed when Patsy found a two and a half page, handwritten ransom note on her staircase. The letter was addressed to John Ramsey demanding $118,000, which just so happened to be the exact amount of John’s work bonus. The note claimed to be from a foreign faction that was asking for the money in return for JonBenét’s safe return home as they had also claimed to have kidnapped her. They were supposed to call the home by 10 a.m. but the call never came.

After John and Patsy heard no contact from the people that had claimed to have their daughter, John was told by police officers to check around the house for any clues leading to their daughter. After going into the basement, he found his daughter brutally murdered, lying on the ground with rope embedded in her neck and around her wrists and a broken paintbrush at the end of the garrote.

Once the police discovered they were dealing with a murder case rather than a kidnapping, they immediately suspected John and Patsy Ramsey for being involved in the murder due to the fact that there were no signs that a break-in had occurred. The family refused to talk to the police about the murder. However, they did appear on CNN to talk some. Although it seemed very possible that the parents could have played a role in the murder, no evidence was found to convict them of the crime. Little to no evidence remained at the crime scene. Any evidence that might have been useful was removed from the crime scene. For example, when John found JonBenét lying dead on the basement floor, he removed the duct tape from her mouth, which prevented a forensic accounting as to whether the duct tape was the cause of her death.

After performing an autopsy, Dr. John Meyer concluded that the cause of her death was suffocation and forcible trauma to the skull. Also, blood was found on her panties, which inferred that she was probably sexually molested before the murder. Two years later Boulder’s district attorney convened a grand jury in 1998, and it was concluded that no charged would be made for the death on JonBenét.

Once the DNA testing came back from the blood in her panties, it was concluded that it could not be matched to anyone in the Ramsey family. The DNA on her waistband of her long johns was indeed the same as the DNA on her underwear. However, this still left so many questions to this mysterious crime unanswered.

An American teacher in Thailand, John Mark Karr, confessed to killing JonBenét Ramsey. However, it was concluded that his guilty plead was unlikely because his DNA did not match her panties either. In 2006, all charges on Karr were dropped and the murder still remained unsolved.

In 2006 Patsy Ramsey died of cancer and in 2008 a sincere apology from Mary Lacy, the Boulder district attorney, was made to the Ramsey family. Although the murder remains unsolved, some very odd facts leave a lot of questions unanswered.

One odd fact discovered is that the handwritten ransom note found on the morning after the murder was written on a piece of paper from a notebook located inside of the house. After John and Patsy both took handwriting tests, it was concluded that while it was not John who wrote it, Patsy’s results came back “inconclusive.” Another odd fact is that JonBenét had undigested remnants of pineapple in her stomach, which suggested that she’d eaten shortly before her death. This fact suggests that it’s possible someone she knew, such as a family member, could have used food to lure her out of bed before committing the murder. A bowl of pineapple was found in the kitchen after the murder and nine-year-old Burke’s fingerprints were on the bowl. However, he was never really considered a suspect for the murder as his parents kept him very protected from any type of publicity.

Although the horrifying murder case of JonBenét remains unsolved and the chances of finding her murderer are slim, it’s not impossible. Someone somewhere must know something. We can only hope that justice is served to little JonBenét Ramsey to add comfort and peace to all who suffered from her horrific death.

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2 Responses to “JonBenét Ramsey: An American Murder Case That Still Remains Unsolved”

  1. Hannah Young on January 16th, 2018 10:46 am

    Great story Lexi! This story has interested me ever since I have heard about it. I love all of the details you used during this story. I personally think her brother did it and the parents covered it up. Great job Lexi.

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  2. McKayla Ramsey on January 17th, 2018 8:36 am

    Very interesting story Lexi! I haven’t ever heard about this case before but it’s interesting that still today the murder is unsolved. The only way to really find the person accountable for this crime is for people like you to keep writing about it. Great article!

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