JonBenet Ramsey was a six-year-old beauty pageant queen from Boulder, Colorado who was brutally murdered in the basement of her home on Christmas or the day after Christmas in 1996. Her father, John Ramsey, found her body in the basement about eight hours after she was reported missing. She had a broken skull and had been strangled. There was a very long ransom note that was later found in the house. Her death was ruled a homicide. Her case gained a lot of attention from the world since she was such a well known beauty pageant contestant and her mother, Patsy Ramsey, was also a former beauty queen. The case was never solved and still remains open to this day. It was suspected that either her mother or her brother, Burke, killed her and staged the ransom note to cover it up. The entire family was almost charged with child abuse leading to death but were soon cleared since there was no sufficient proof that’s what happened.
It’s believed that someone close to the family committed the crime because the ransom note demanded $118,000 which was close to what John got as a bonus that year and that is information only someone close would know about. There seemed to have been a practice letter made before the real one using the same notebook. Scraps of the original practice note were found nearby. It’s not completely clear if this crime also involved sexual assault, but there were some indication that there was some vaginal injury and that her vaginal area was wiped with a cloth of some sort. A piece of rope was tied around her neck. There was pineapple found in her stomach that hadn’t digested yet indicating she had just recently eaten it before she was killed. Her brother’s fingerprints were found on a bowl containing pineapple but his parents deny he was awake and slept through everything until the police showed up. John Mark Karr, a 41-year-old elementary school teacher was as close to a suspect as anything. He fled the country from a possession of child pornography charge and ended up communicating with a journalist for four years supposedly confessing to the murder of JonBenet. However, even though many things of what he said matched up to the crime scene, not everything did. The thing is, he said he didn’t do it alone, and that matches up with the fact that two sets of footprints were found at the Ramsey’s home that could not be identified. Karr claimed he was in love with JonBenet and broke into the house and killed her. He was charged for the child pornography but was not charged for her murder. There has been no progress since.
I personally believe Karr did do it and did have an accomplice that is still out and free in the world possibly hurting other people as well. I feel very strongly Karr did it but I am no detective and can only guess that it is him. It could be someone else though. I wish they’d find the other person who helped in the crime then maybe they could find some answers.