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The case of JonBenét Ramsey has been covered by everyone, yet her killer has yet to be discovered. So who killed the pageant queen?

Who killed JonBenet Ramsey? All the most promising leads

JonBenét Ramsey is possibly the most famous unsolved child murder of the 90s – perhaps even the entire twentieth centruy. Ramsey was a beauty pageant winner. At only six years of age she had won five different pageants. She was cute and she was talented.

However, on December 26th of 1996, the little girl was found dead in the basement of the home she lived in with her parents. Since then fingers have been pointed in many directions, but no one has ever been formally indicted. Police and FBI have never given up the search for answers though.

The case of JonBenét Ramsey has been covered by everyone, yet her killer has yet to be discovered. So who killed the pageant queen?

The death

We’ve covered JonBenét Ramsey’s death before, so we’ll keep this section brief.

Patsy Ramsey, JonBenét’s mother, called police frantically on the fateful December day. Not to announce a murder, but a kidnapping. Patsy had found a ransom letter demanding $118,000 for the return of the pageant winning daughter.

The amount was notable because it was the exact amount JonBenét’s father (John) had been given as an end of the year bonus. This led investigators to believe whoever had taken the girl knew the family.

The case of JonBenét Ramsey has been covered by everyone, yet her killer has yet to be discovered. So who killed the pageant queen?

However, not long into the search for answers to the kidnapping, JonBenét’s father and police were walking through the house looking for signs of something amiss when they discovered the dead little girl.

Police say John then picked up his daughter and carried her away from the basement, thus destroying the crime scene and likely a lot of evidence. Some people wonder whether this was an intentional act.

Autopsy results later revealed JonBenét had been killed from strangulation and a skull fracture.

Suspects

The case of JonBenét Ramsey has been covered by everyone, yet her killer has yet to be discovered. So who killed the pageant queen?

The parents

The parents were immediately questioned following the discovery of JonBenét Ramsey’s dead body. Many people to this day still suspect it was them, those who believe it was the parents are also usually convinced the parents were abusive.

There are a number of reasons to suspect the parents were involved. The first, is the strangely specific ransom note requesting an amount of money they could very easily provide.

The second peculiar piece of evidence is the contaminated evidence. Why in the world would John have picked up his daughter and carried her away from the scene of the crime before investigators, who were already in the house, could inspect the scene? It could have been a deliberate act – afterall, this was the 1990s, not the 1890s, most people knew how crime investigation worked by then.

The case of JonBenét Ramsey has been covered by everyone, yet her killer has yet to be discovered. So who killed the pageant queen?

Thirdly, their daughter was found in the basement. It seems rather unlikely someone could have broken in, dragged the daughter into the basement, killed her, and snuck back out without anyone noticing.

Police remained suspicious of the parents for years, which also fuels outside speculation about the parents. In 1997, a year after the crime, police stated the parents were still being considered suspicious.

In 1998 Patsy and John Ramsey also refused to cooperate with detectives when they requested to do another interview with them.

The case of JonBenét Ramsey has been covered by everyone, yet her killer has yet to be discovered. So who killed the pageant queen?

It wasn’t until 2008 the district attorney officially stated that nobody in the Ramsey family was guilty. She would go on to write an apology letter to John. (By this time Patsy had died of cancer.)

In 2013 the public was informed a grand jury in 1999 had voted to indict JonBenét’s parents, but investigators hadn’t for fear of a lack of evidence.

The case of JonBenét Ramsey has been covered by everyone, yet her killer has yet to be discovered. So who killed the pageant queen?

The brother

Burke Ramsey was nine years old when his sister, JonBenét, met her untimely fate. Police spoke with Burke multiple times throughout the investigation, and never once considered him as a suspect.

It wasn’t until 2016, when a two-part CBS docu-series was aired that Burke became a suspect for the public. Burke filed a defamation lawsuit shortly after the airing of the CBS special, but in 2019 the issue was settled out of court and the lawsuit was dismissed.

The documentary claims Burke had accidentally killed his sister in a fit of rage. Theories on why included he hadn’t wanted to share toys or she had begun eating his food.

The case of JonBenét Ramsey has been covered by everyone, yet her killer has yet to be discovered. So who killed the pageant queen?

The food theory seems more likely because JonBenét’s autopsy had revealed pineapple in her stomach. Patsy and John had claimed they hadn’t fed her pineapple, but police had found a bowl of the fruit in the kitchen with Burke’s finger prints on it.

However, those who believe the toy theory point to the marks found on the girl’s back looking as if they could have come from a toy train track.

This theory includes the parents as accomplices to Burke’s crime. Presumably they would have wanted to protect their son from trouble, so they may have faked the kidnapping scenario in order to prevent authorities from realizing what had truly happened.

The case of JonBenét Ramsey has been covered by everyone, yet her killer has yet to be discovered. So who killed the pageant queen?

John Mark Karr

In 2006 a man named John Mark Karr was arrested for possibly being the perpetrator of JonBenét Ramsey’s killing. The DA wasn’t convinced he had done the crime, however Karr had fully admitted to it.

He had said, “I loved JonBenét, and she died accidentally.” He went on to confess to drugging the six-year-old girl before sexaully assaulting her. Afterwards, Karr says she died, but insisted it wasn’t on purpose.

The case of JonBenét Ramsey has been covered by everyone, yet her killer has yet to be discovered. So who killed the pageant queen?

Police released him after finding no evidence connecting Karr to the murder.

DNA of a person unrelated to the Ramsey family had been found on JonBenét’s underwear, but did not match Karr’s. Those who believe it was the family will point to the fact the window an intruder supposedly slipped through, was completely undisturbed and still dusty.

To this day not a single person has been indicted for the crime of JonBenét Ramsey’s death. Those who have worked the cold case have claimed this is all due to lack of evidence, but that seems to satisfy very few people. The longer the investigation drags on, the less likely it is anyone will find enough evidence to get the truth.

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  • Most likely it would be a seasoned pedophile who would commit such a heinous act, and the ransom note was written to confuse the investigation. However, a final decision should be made by the police that it was possible for the perpetrator to enter through the basement window and leave the same way without leaving any sign of disturbance. But if that was ruled to have been impossible, and everybody who had a key to the residence was eliminated, the death must have been caused in the home and the ransom note was written by Pat Ramsey. Two loving parents would never kill a child on purpose, and the next day was full of other plans. Then it had to be a horrible accident and a panicky cover-up. Perhaps John Ramsey and Burke Ramsey should be given the so-called truth serum test, then we would know more what happened, although some people can block their memory regarding some horrible happenings. We can only presume that JonBenét came downstairs because she wet her bed and was looking for her mother. She then may have grabbed some pineapple Burke was eating from a bowl in the kitchen. Burke got angry and chased her, and pushed her, and she fell against the corner of a piece of furniture or something very hard, which cracked her skull and she lost consciousness. At six years the skull cracks pretty easily. Then presumably Patsy got into the act and sent Burke to his room, deciding not to call the police who would have accused them of severe child abuse and should the little girl die, of manslaughter. It is hard to imagine though that she would eventually apply a garrote to the dying unconscious child and stage the crime scene. John Ramsey may have been fast asleep during that time on the third floor. He may have realized what truly happened when he went down to the basement the next morning around 11:00 o’clock A.M. and found JonBenét’s body. He did not report it right away because he first had to speak to his wife. Then he chose to support her.

    October 22, 2020
  • There was dna at the scene on Jon Benet’s close that did not match anyone in the house.

    October 28, 2020
  • It was pat…she covered for their son…thats why he stayed in his room…then sent off to his uncles…plenty of time for her initial call to 911…and tod…for her to completely stage it all…but miss very big misses…and i can go to my neighbors house and collectdna…say a hair brush…leave hair on said child…or underware…and tun her nails also across said brush to lodge skin cells..sooo i mean..it would be nice if the brother was hooked up question more, and how were these people really” wealthy in 1996…but none had security cameras…i even believe as far mich that once father realosed truth he paid gov officials off….if u look at day 1 face m body lamguage to day 5….its mot exhaustion or frustration that seems to change in him like a wearimg down…its more like a o shit i can loose my other child and my wife so ill shut up

    October 30, 2020
  • Even if the brother had killed her, no state is going to prosecute a 9-year old for murder. At most he would have been forced into some sort of psychological in-patient situation.

    October 30, 2020
  • The key is who wrote the lengthy note?

    November 11, 2020

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