JonBenét Patricia Ramsey, Age 6
1990 - 1996
*Eight Year Old Murder Of Child Beauty Queen Remains Unsolved*
The JonBenét Ramsey case is one of the most famous murder mysteries in the world, ranked second only to "Jack The Ripper." Although she has been dead since December 25, 1996, until only recently her face was frequently splattered across television screens, magazines and tabloids around the country and even abroad. Several forums and chat rooms were set up specifically to discuss this incredibly baffling case.
Everywhere you looked, it seemed, there was the precocious little girl posing and dancing in pageant gowns, swim wear, cowgirl outfits and even Vegas showgirl costumes. She appeared to be so vibrant...so full of life and energy, though sadly the little six year old kindergartener had been brutally murdered on Christmas night in her own home. In death, JonBenét, the little girl with the unusual "French" name, ironically would be far more well known than she likely would have ever been in life, even had she become Miss America, which was her mother Patsy's ultimate dream and aspiration for her talented young daughter.
The news of the Christmas night murder of JonBenét and the film clips from her beauty pageants spread like wildfire, and were aired on every television station in the nation. Her "fairy tale" life captured the interest of the public and put the town of Boulder, Colorado under the spotlight. This shocking story was great fodder for the media as they focused on the brief and unusual life of this little girl, her violent death and the devastating aftermath. Some people believe that politics also may have played a large part in the outcome of this seriously bungled investigation. Police errors and corruption topped the list, much to the embarrassment of the popular college town's officials. Rumors and innuendoes had taken on a life of their own in the strange world in which this little girl had lived.
Investigators made many mistakes early on in the case. Interviewing the parents was virtually impossible, as the Ramseys seemed uninterested in speaking with the Boulder, Colorado Police Department about the hours just before and just after the time their daughter was murdered. Each time there was thought to be an upcoming interview with them, John and Patsy Ramsey would always set forth their own pre-interview terms and conditions that limited detectives from asking pertinent questions about the case and the terms could not be agreed upon. Attorneys had been retained for everyone, including John's former wife, Lucinda, his two older children from his first marriage and even for young Burke, who was only nine years old.
John and Patsy have long remained under an "umbrella of suspicion," even though a new look at the evidence in 2003 by the new Boulder district attorney, Mary Keenan, who took office two and a half years ago, wiped the slate clean, and began to re-examine the entire Ramsey case piece by piece. She stated that she was prompted to believe "an unknown intruder was most likely JonBenét's killer."
We don't know how this tragic true story ends, because JonBenét 's killer/s has yet to be brought to justice, but people across the nation are still awaiting closure for this little Angel.
Some Facts About One of the Most Bizarre and Puzzling Cases of the Nineties
JonBenét's first name was an amalgam of the first and middle names of her father, John Bennet Ramsey and her middle name Patricia after her mother's first name.
Her mother Patsy was a former Miss West Virginia, as was her mother's younger sister, Pamela.
JonBenét , who was killed on Christmas night, 1996, was crowned Little Miss Christmas in her Boulder, Colorado home town.
JonBenét 's death was the only murder in Boulder, Colorado in 1996.
Patsy Ramsey stated that she found a three page ransom note on a back staircase and began yelling for John, then immediately raced to JonBenét's bedroom to look for her. She reportedly then checked in Burke's bedroom, but couldn't find her anywhere.
The rambling note demanded that the Ramseys pay $118,000 in ransom, ordered them NOT to call police, and gave them a number of other specific instructions to follow to the letter, if they wanted their daughter back alive.
In spite of all of the specific warnings in the unusual "War and Peace" of ransom notes, Patsy said she immediately called 911 after failing to locate JonBenét. Detectives arrived minutes later in marked units, searched the house and found a broken window in the rear of the house but decided that no adult could fit through the hole. They also found no footprints in the newly fallen snow.
The "ransom note" stated that the "kidnapper/s" would call between 8 and 10 am.
Detectives installed a recording device on the telephone line and waited for the "kidnappers" to call, though no call ever came.
After refusing a polygraph exam by the FBI, the Ramseys sponsored and financed their own polygraph exam instead, almost two years after their daughter's murder.
Many people believed the Ramseys either murdered their daughter, or at the very least, knew who did, and that they covered up and staged the crime scene to throw off law enforcement, possibly with the intent to protect someone.
After JonBenét's body was discovered, the family was then asked to leave the home, as it was now declared a crime scene. The Boulder police offered to put the Ramseys in a hotel, but they refused and decided to go to the home of a friend. The Boulder County Coroner arrived at the Ramsey home around 8 pm where he remained approximately 30 minutes.
A brief examination of the body disclosed a ligature around the neck and a ligature around the right wrist. Also noted was a small area of abrasion or contusion below the right ear on the lateral aspect of the right cheek. A prominent dried abrasion was present on the lower left neck.
Occupation: Child Beauty Pageant Contestant
Claims to Fame: Her Christmas night murder remains an unsolved mystery
Father: John Bennet Ramsey, executive at a computer services firm
Mother: Patsy Ramsey, stay-at-home mom and former beauty queen
Brother: Burke Ramsey, nine year old brother. Half brother: John Andrew Ramsey and Half Sister: Melinda Ramsey
Little Miss Colorado
National Tiny Miss Beauty
Little Miss Christmas
Such A Beautiful Little Angel, Such A Terrible Tragedy!
What a bizarre outfit for a six-year-old!
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