The Sad Murder Case of Jonbenet
[pic] By: Jessica Johnson The brutal murder of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey on Christmas night in 1996 shocked America to its core. Just as the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and murder seven decades earlier had seared the nation’s consciousness, this murder – of a beautiful and talented child in a wealthy Boulder, Colo. , home – renewed every parent’s worst nightmare: No child was truly safe, not even tucked in at home on Christmas night. Days went by and no arrests were made, this case had been all over the news, radio stations, newspapers, magazines, it was everywhere.
For one thing it became known that the police had badly botched the initial investigation by failing to seal off the crime scene. For another it appeared the police were treating the primary suspects were JonBenet’s parents. They also refusal to be interviewed at police headquarters, but also to being interviewed separately. Many fingers had been pointed directly at her father. Others believed it was her mother, but many people believed it was both parents. It was even a possibility that it was her ten year old brother who murdered her.
This case of JonBenet, sadly is unsolved. Then In April of 2003 there was a statement issued saying she concurred with a federal court in Georgia’s contemporaneous finding that JonBenet was most likely murdered by an intruder. Two months later they moved the responsibility for the case from the boulder police department to the district’s attorney office. Three years later the case dropped from public view. Until the death of Patsy Ramsey – of ovarian cancer at age 49 – on June 24, 2006, briefly brought the case back into the spotlight. And then on Aug. 6, 2006, the long dormant case rocketed back into banner headlines across the world when a 41-year-old, child-sex-offender by the name of John Mark Karr was arrested in Bangkok, Thailand, at the request of the Boulder District Attorney’s office. D. A. Mary Keenan, who changed her last name to Lacy in 2005, began investigating Karr four months previously when a University of Colorado journalism professor, Michael Tracey, informed her about some disturbing emails he had recently received from an unknown sender who during the last four years had sent him hundreds of emails about the JonBenet case.
Then they went for the arrest. This was better for the district attorney because they could investigate normally. John Mark Karr admitted that he killed her but he said it was an accident. John Mark Karr reportedly said that he picked JonBenet up at school, took her back to her home, drugged her and sexually assaulted her. JonBenet’s death was no accident: She died of asphyxia by garrote strangulation and severe head trauma. John Mark Karr was also arrested before for child pornography. The case against Karr collapsed within days of his extradition to Boulder.
His DNA sample did not match the DNA evidence recovered from JonBenet’s underwear at the murder scene. Some think that Mark made up that story to distract the D. A. from concentrating on the case and founding out who murdered her. The JonBenet case – with no new developments for years – quietly left center stage in 2003 when D. A. Lacy informed the media that she had hired an investigator to pursue the intruder theory: that someone other than a member of the Ramsey household killed JonBenet. This scary story is still a mystery.