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Boulder Police believe John and Patsy Ramsey killed their daughter Christmas night 1996. In a fit of rage, Patsy Ramsey who had just returned from a party, grabbed her daughter and smashed her head against the bath tub. The child had wet her bed. But she was killed instantly. Throughout the night Patsy and her husband John created an elaborate scenario right out of the movies of how a group of Arabs had come into their home , left a ransom note, strangled and raped their daughter and left her body in the basement.
As soon as the first cop and detective arrived on the scene, they saw through the story. By nightfall the Ramseys were on their private jet to Atlanta. Surrounded by a team of lawyers and PR people they went into hiding and on CNN to proclaim their innocence. They created a media frenzy the like of which Boulder nor America had ever seen. There was no way these rich freak were going to be charged with their daughters murder. First of all it would upset their social setting. Secondly it would ruin their image as a family of beauty queen socialites. Murder does not have a place there.
Burke Ramsey who was 9 years old at the time was whisked away. He has never been heard from since. Police believe he witnessed the murder and was told by Patsy and John that if he planned on living he better shut up for the rest of his life. Then district attorney Alex Hunter believe that to this day. The hope is now that Burke Ramsey has come of age (27) he will come forward and tell what he knows.
That’s not likely. But current Boulder DA Stan Garnet could arrest John Ramsey for the murder of is daughter and he could arrest Burke Ramsey too. That is not completely out of the question, but there is this legal issue ” beyond reasonable doubt”
Garnet gave the case back to Boulder Police department who reopened it. It is not a cold case.
One celebrated Boulder criminal defense attorney Skip Wollrab told us now that Burke Ramsey is of age”he could be subpoenaed to appear before a Grand jury to tell about what he knew , saw and heard the night of the murder. Just the facts. Some of it might be privileged” but this would give Burke a chance to tell his story. Attorney Wollrab told Boulder Channel 1 the “DA has got to be able to prove his case to a jury of 12 unanimously beyond a reasonable doubt. Knowing they did it is one thing , proving they did it is something else” he said.
There was also some level of semen found in Jonbenets body and police have not revealed whether they think it is Burkes. At one point Burke Ramsey was himself a suspect and police theorized that he might have killed his sister out of Jealousy.
The question is will the DA move this case forward this Christmas.
Grand Jury and Boulder Police say John and Patsy Ramsey murdered their kid. Straight Up
Court documents released Friday show that a Colorado grand jury voted in 1999 to indict the parents of murdered 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey on charges of child abuse resulting in death and being accessories to a crime.
The district attorney decided that year, however, not to file charges against John and Patricia Ramsey, saying there was insufficient evidence. In 2008, a new district attorney said new DNA evidence cleared the parents and their son in the death.
The court documents, which were previously sealed, show how the grand jury sought to charge each parent with two identical counts.
“The grand jury had alleged that Patsy Ramsey and husband John Ramsey “did … permit a child to be unreasonably placed in a situation which posed a threat of injury to the child’s life or health which resulted in the death of JonBenet Ramsey.”
The grand jury also had alleged that each parent “did … render assistance to a person” who “has committed and was suspected of the crime of murder in the first degree and child abuse resulting in death.”
The documents provide no further details on who that “person” was. The grand jury had accused the couple of committing the offenses “on or between December 25 and December 26, 1996.” JonBenet was found murdered in the basement of the family’s Boulder home the day after Christmas 1996.
The Boulder District Attorney claimed in 2008 that new DNA evidence ruled out the Ramsey’s as JonBenet’s murderer. But new DA Stan Garnet gave the case back to police in 2011. He told Boulder Channel 1s Jann Scott in May that the Ramsey’s were not exonerated by him and that the case was fully in Boulder Police departments hands.
Boulder Police believe that John and Patsy Ramsey were involved with their childs murder and that there was no intruder. The new DA Stan Garnet seems to believe that too.
by Ron Baird
Jann Scott contributed to this story
some information was gathered from CNN
One of the most notorious unsolved murders in Boulder, not to mention U.S. history, has recently been moved to the front burner, at least for the time being.
On Dec.26, 1996, six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was found murdered in an obscure basement room in her family home in the University Hill neighborhood. She had been sexually assaulted, then strangled with a garrote.
Due to the fact that JonBenet was a child beauty-pageant star, the case captured the world’s interest and spawned nearly unprecedented media coverage for several years, never going completely away.
The case began as a suspected kidnapping due to an oddly written ransom note, which demanded $118,000 for her safe return. Late in the day, John Ramsey discovered her body and brought it upstairs to a roomful of shocked police officers and Ramsey family friends.
In the course of the investigation, District Attorney Alex Hunter empaneled a grand jury in 1999 to consider the case. The grand jury handed down indictments of JonBenet’s parents—John and Patsy Ramsey—but the indictments were never reported until the Daily Camera published a story earlier this year quoting members of the grand jury saying it had indicted the couple for child abuse resulting in death.
Hunter was quoted as saying he had declined to prosecute the Ramseys at that time because he didn’t believe he could prove the case “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Daily Camera reporter Charlie Brennan and a group known as the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a lawsuit in Boulder District Court in September, claiming:
“The plaintiffs believe… that the indictment is a criminal justice record that reflects official action by the grand jury, and accordingly that it is subject to mandatory disclosure upon request.” Brennan and the RCFP also argue that the indictment should be made public in the interest of government transparency.
The Boulder DA’s office said unsealing the indictment would be “breach of promise” to the jury, citing the importance of maintaining the integrity of grand jury secrecy.
But last week, Weld County Judge Robert Lowenbach, the judge hearing the lawsuit by Brennan and RCFP, ruled that current Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett must show why the indictment must remain secret.
Not surprisingly, John Ramsey opposes the move unless the entire Grand Jury records are released.
Whatever the grand jury transcripts might show, in 2008, then District Attorney Mary Lacy declared that new DNA technology proved the Ramseys innocent of any wrongdoing.
The genetic material matches came from a drop of blood found on JonBenet’s underwear early in the investigation. The authorities determined then that the blood was not from a member of the Ramsey family but could not say whether it came from the killer.
In 2006, Lacy’s office announced the arrest of John Karr , after several months of investigation. But Karr’s DNA did not match, and less than two weeks later Lacy announced that he was no longer a suspect.
Hal Haddon and Bryan Morgan, attorneys who represent John Ramsey said in a letter to the Camera: “Public release of the allegations of an un-prosecuted indictment only serves to further defame (John Ramsey) and his late wife Patricia. Mr. Ramsey will have no access to whatever evidence the prosecutors presented to the grand jury and will have no ability to disprove those allegations in a court of law. Nor will the public have any ability to evaluate the propriety of the indictment unless the entire grand jury record is unsealed and opened to public view.”
From the beginning, investigators believed someone in the household was responsible, citing the lack of evidence of a break in, the complex layout of the house, the amount of time it took to write the two, 400 +/-word ransom-demand letters and similarities to Patsy’s hand writing. But a key detective, Lt. John Eller, who was the ranking investigator, would not press the Ramseys to be interrogated separately; insisting that the parents were victims, not suspects.
Under pressure, Patsy finally provided writing samples but a forensic handwriting expert ruled that, while very similar, the writing in the sample did not rise to the legal standard required to determine it was hers.
On Wednesday, the judge ordered the grand jury record to be released.
BC1 Editor Ron Baird covered the JonBenet Ramsey investigation for the Colorado Daily, when it was a real newspaper.
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BOULDER, Colo.—Nearly 15 years ago in 1996, a 6-year-old little girl, who the media constantly refers to as a pageant queen, JonBenet Ramsey was found dead in her parents’ Boulder, Colorado mansion the day after Christmas. Parents John and Patsy Ramsey, who worked hard to achieve the American dream, succeeded and became the quintessential beautiful affluent family in the Rocky Mountain region of the country were vilified by the Bolder authorities, including a former prosecutor and various police detectives, who were unable to solve the murder of their beautiful daughter. The media onslaught the Ramsey family endured would not only focus on John and Patsy but also journalists turned their ire on 9-year-old brother Burke, who was victimized all over again when he watched himself and his parents be accused of a horrific crime against a family member.
John Ramsey’s adult children were also investigated, and it was well over a decade before the Boulder authorities, under new management would finally clear the parents of murder. Patsy Ramsey succumbed to ovarian cancer long before her good name was finally cleared. This case became an unsolved murder mainly because authorities decided the killer or killers were inside the family and living in the beautiful home, that many police officers on that cold December day felt envy of. John Ramsey had built up a technology business in the heart of Colorado and become one of the nation’s billionaires. Only to see his fortune disappear as he was forced to defend himself, his wife and children against an almost lynch-mob mentality in the media and in local law enforcement trying to pin the crimes against little JonBenet on the Ramseys themselves.
Now after the disgraced self-proclaimed pedophile John Mark Karr, who initially placed himself at the scene of the crime has been officially proved to be a liar. Many around the U.S. and the world are wondering if after almost a decade and a half has passed whether this is a case that can be solved by the Boulder Police, which lost a solid decade investigating an innocent couple, who barely had time to grieve because of the media spotlight placed on them.
Larry Schiller author of a book on the case, “Perfect Murder, Perfect Town” told ABC News last year, “This is a case that embarrassed an entire community,” he said, pointing to the inexperience of the Boulder Police Department in 1996. “They live under the shadow of this case.” Schiller is correct. The city still lives under the specter of this murder case, which over the past few years has yielded few clues, but all of which point away from John and Patsy Ramsey and all other Ramsey family members. JonBenet’s body was found beaten and strangled in a very dark corner of the Ramsey family’s home. At least two TV movies have been done on the case, countless hours of news programs and even the Ramseys themselves have appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live” and all of the other major network news shows, and magazines.
Ever since that morning after Christmas in 1996, when Patsy placed the frantic 911 call to Boulder authorities, Americans felt the loss of a little girl that was known to her family as the most beautiful child they’d ever seen, an American princess even though she became more famous after death than she ever was in her short six years on earth. However, recently I saw a documentary on the ID cable network about the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard at the age of 11, by madman pedophile Phillip Garrido and his equally as evil wife Nancy Garrido. This couple kidnapped Jaycee at the tender age of 11-years-old and held her captive, even for months with her hands cuffed behind her back in the backyard of their Northern California home, where she was repeatedly rapped, tortured and forced to bear two children by her kidnapper, who now has been sentenced to well over 400 years for his crimes against Ms. Dugard. Wife Nancy Garrido has been sentence to at least 35 years.
When I watched the show, almost sickened to the stomach by the depravity of the two people, who masterminded the 18 year-long ordeal that Dugard faced, not to mention what she must be going through today, even away from the couple, I saw eerily similar aspects of the two crimes that gave me pause for consideration. Surely Phillip Garrido’s DNA is on file in California, and surely it’s been submitted to the authorities in Boulder, Colorado for examination, hasn’t it? I actually could not truthfully say yes to that question. The State of California very shamefully failed Jaycee and her two daughters for decades. Garrido, a paroled sex offender had his home inspected hundreds of times, even after a next-door neighbor reported seeing children playing in his backyard tent-city area. Yet the parole authorities in California never bothered to go 100 feet outside the back door to search or even inspect that location, even though Phillip Garrido’s ankle bracelet showed thousands of trips per month back to that part of his property.
Jaycee was kidnapped when Phillip Garrido used a stun-gun to disable her, so that Nancy Garrido, his wife could carry her and put her in the backseat of their car. They used binding on her to subdue her until they got her to their home less than one hundred miles away. So I wondered, could Phillip and Nancy Garrido have seen a photo of JonBenet in some pageant materials or literature, and could Phillip Garrido be so obsessed with her, that he and wife Nancy would break into the Ramsey home and wait for the family to return from a party they all attended on Christmsa night? The Ramsey family hired retired Boulder detective Lou Schmidt, who as stated repeatedly that he joined the Ramsey legal team, because of evidence that he felt pointed away from any Ramsey family member being involved in the murder of little JonBenet. Schmidt has said that he found on several of the autopsy photographs, markings on JonBenet that are consistent with a stun gun being used on her during the crime.
One of the things that stumped authorities for so long, was the ransom note left in the Ramsey home, written by what they believe to be by a woman. Nancy Garrido has proved over the years that she would protect her husband, and would commit unspeakable crimes on young girls, such as Jaycee, in order to offer her husband whatever sexual fantasies he had. Is it possible the couple drove to Boulder and are responsible for the murder of the young girl on that night? Perhaps Boulder, Colorado authorities should take it upon themselves not to assume that California has done the right thing by submitting Garrido’s DNA sample to the natoinal data bank, since they didn’t properly supervise his parole for close to two decades. Maybe the Boulder authorities should contact authorities in California to get a sample of Phillip and Nancy Garrido’s DNA for testing in the unsolved murder case of JonBenet Ramsey.
Perhaps one of America’s most celebrated unsolved mysteries could be solved by this testing procedure. Famed Attorney Robin Sax, who practices law in California and who is well versed in the Ramsey case, since she also was involved in the capture of John Mark Karr spoke to Canyon News from her beautiful new Century City offices. When asked about Garrido’s DNA being on file, Sax said, “Absolutely, yes and probably was on file from his previous prison conviction too!”
America and the Ramseys would like to solve this unsolved case. JonBenet deserves justice as well. The little girl would be a college student now, probably a pre-med major. Who knows what and where JonBenet Ramsey could have done with her life, which was snuffed out, brutally, by a deranged person, who should be in prison today.
Anyone with potential information regarding this case should contact the Boulder Police Department.
Also to learn more about JonBenet Ramse, go to: JonBenet-Ramsey.com
reprinted from Canyon News