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8.31.2006

What Really Happened to JonBenet Ramsey?

My money's on William Tucker's scenario:

The real fault, however, was with the prosecutors. From the beginning, a cloud of suspicion hung over the parents, John and Patsy Ramsey (who died last June of cancer). The Ramseys originally reported their daughter missing to friends and the police after finding a ransom note. The note, from a "small foreign faction," was an implausible garble of bravado and nonsense -- the kind that people make up when trying to cast suspicion elsewhere. When a cursory police search produced nothing, John Ramsey led another expedition that quickly discovered the body in the closet -- and messed up the crime scene in the proceedings. There was no sign of forced entry to the house. There was snow on the ground outside but no footprints.

The couple clammed up early, hired lawyers, and refused to be interrogated or take lie-detector tests. The paintbrush used to garrote the victim came from Patsy Ramsey's paint box. The writer of the ransom note knew weird details about John Ramsey -- including that he had a business, used an attache case, and was from the South. The ransom demand for $118,000 was surprisingly small but exactly matched a bonus John Ramsey had recently received. Patsy's handwriting matched the note in some significant respects. Still, the DA's office could not put together a convincing case and a grand jury refused to indict. Two years ago Boulder police announced they would not investigate further.

In pointing the finger, the Ramseys ended up accusing Chris Wolfe, a Boulder reporter, of being the killer. Wolfe sued the Ramseys for damages but lost. In issuing a decision, however, federal judge Julie Carnes noted, "[T]he weight of the evidence is more consistent with a theory that an intruder murdered JonBenet than it is with a theory that Mrs. Ramsey did it." This inspired Boulder District Attorney Mary Keenan to reopen the case. Her keystone cops office soon settled on Karr, who had been sending lurid e-mails to University of Colorado professor Michael Tracey. Karr fit the profile of an ideal intruder -- a middle-class white male pedophile -- and so he was arrested on nothing more than his own words. The newspapers took it from there.

It's worth following up all possibilities and if anyone else wants to confess to the murder, they should be checked out as well. But the facts of the case remain hard to avoid. The overwhelming evidence is that John and Patsy Ramsey somehow acted in concert in the murder of their child. The most likely scenario is that the father was sexually abusing the daughter and the mother killed her out of jealousy. Not even a marital bond would be likely to keep one of them from cracking unless both were involved.

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