JonBenét Ramsey

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Who was Jonbenét ramsey? 

Jonbenét was a 6 year old beauty pagent queen, who lived in Boulder Colorado. Born into the wealth of her family; father a wealthy businessman and her socialite mother.

What happened? 

The morning of December 26th 1996, Patsy Ramsey phoned the police after finding a ransom note 3 pages long. You can listen/read the 911 call here. The call was believed to be staged after experts studied. The note contained a demand of $118,000 in exchange for the safe return of her daughter.

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Later that day, John Ramsey, discovered there daughter Jonbenét in their basement, dead. She’d been killed by trauma to the head and strangulation.

After the police arrived to the crime scene, none of them sealed off the home as a crime scene or search inside the premises. This meant the police were constantly coming in and out of the house all day, contaminating evidence as well as delaying the search of her body which was to be discovered in the basement. This was also believed to me a factor in a cover up, as everything was contaminated by the family and police.

Later on in the day John Ramsey, went into the basement and there was Johnbenét’s body. She’d been knocked unconscious with trauma to the head and resulted in being killed by strangulation. John Ramsey, carried JohnBenét’s body upstairs, once again contaminating a crime scene.

The suspects

The main suspects for the crime were the Ramsey’s themselves, after no evidence was shown for a forced entry. Patsy was the number one suspect. The ransom note was written on her writing pad, written with her pen and the handwriting seemed to be a similar match to her own.

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The ransom demand included in the note, was also found to be the exact amount of john ramsey’s christmas bonus that year, meaning only someone close with the family would of know. Theorists claim that patsy ramsey violently erupted at jonbenet after she wet her bed, which resulted in Patsy knocked her unconscious. She strangled her to cover up the abuse but also because she thought jonbenet was dead after she was knocked unconscious. she then planted the written ransom note and hid the body in the basement. Patsy was also seen as suspicious and shady because she spent most of her time on TV instead of helping and working with the police to find out what happened to her daughter.

second suspect: John Ramsey

John was asked to search the house on the day of the kiddnapping, he went straight into the basement of their home and found Jonbenét’s body. He’d been told not to touch anything in the home if found evidence, but John carried her body up upstairs and removed the duct tape from her mouth, This destroying all evidence which could of been investigated. Rumours of sexual assault started to circulate, as Jonbenét had several cases of doctor visits to do with yeast infections often. Although John denies these allegations, theorists say that John and Patsy covered up her sexual assaults by killing her.

In 999, a jury wanted to indict john and patsy ramsey for Jonbenét’s death, but the district attorney wouldn’t prosecute.

 

Burke Ramsey was another suspect.

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Growing up, the ramsey’s were protective of Burke. Burke was known to have anger issues, as he’d previously hit Jonbenét with a golf club. There was talk of Burke being jealous of his sister for being in the lime light and receiving a lot of compliment and praise from the public.

There was also two wounds on her back which were linked to his toy train tracks he had, this making it even more suspicious. There has been theories that Burke lost his temper when Jonbenét stole a piece of his pineapple and hit her over the head with a flashlight. This due to the undigested pineapple found in her stomach and a bowl of pineapple found in the kitchen. This led to a family panic, with patsy forging a ransom note, and john hiding the body, and strangling the girl to cover it up. Another odd factor is on the 911 call.  kimberly archuleta, the 911 operator who answered Patsy’s call stated that she felt the 911 call was staged, so she didn’t immediately hang up the phone. There were whispers at the end of the call, where patsy is not speaking to kim, an audio analysis suggests the audio says:

BURKE: please, what do i do?

JOHN: we’re not speaking to you.

BURKE: what did you find?

PATSY: baby, what did you do? what did you do?

This has also raised suspicious as the Ramsey’s have always claimed Burke was in his room during the 911 call.

 

suspect four: gary oliva, town drifter.

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Bill Mcreynolds, the town santa

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Bill dressed as Santa every year to entertain the children. Bill was seen as a little odd some say crazy as he took a tail of glitter which jonbenét gave him into heart surgery and asked if the glitter could be mixed with his ashes. All that was said was Jonbenét brought joy into Bill’s life. Bill passed away in 2002, so even if evidence somehow does lead to him as the murderer, he won’t go to jai.

michael helgoth, the electrician

Helgoth worked in a nearby auto salvage yard, and was apparently tied to an alleged property dispute involving the ramseys. Police also discovered a boot print which was linked to be Helgoth’s near the Ramsey’s house. This gave them a chance to have another suspect added to the case. Helgoth killed himself two days after, before he was even questioned. suspicious!

 

john mark karr, the schoolteacher

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Karr wasn’t even considered a suspect until 10 years after the case, when he confessed via a professor from colorado Michael Tracy. They had been emailing for 4 years to gain trust, until he then falsely confessed to the murder of Jonbenét Ramsey. Emails to the professor from karr, about jonbenet took a weird sexual turn, at which point the professor ratted him out to the police. Karr was eventually dismissed as a pedophile who just wanted from recognition, this leading to the decision of him not being the killer.

 

linda hoffman-pugh, the housekeeper

There’s no evidence, the police just deemed her a suspect as she was the housekeeper. The police say she may have led a trusting jonbenet down to the basement and tied her up, in an attempt to get ransom money from the Ramsey family. There was no proof of this, and she’s never been formally accused of anything to this day. Although she did constantly blamed patsy, even saying:

“i think she has multiple personalities. she’d be in a good mood, and then she’d be cranky.” also  mentioning fights between patsy and jonbenet.

 

The Ramsey family moved back to Atlanta, Georgia, and published a memoir, The Death of Innocence, in 2001 to counter the media persecution they felt had ruined their lives.

 

After all the research I have done on this case, I believe that the brother did it, Burke Ramsey. Everything seems shady and suspicious about him, especially how his parents acted around him. He recently did an interview on DR Phil after 20 years of hiding. You can watch a clip of it here. His interview creeped me out, constantly smiling while talking about not murdering Jonbenét. his smile throughout just makes me feel uneasy. I definitely think that Burke did it and his parents helped him cover it up, especially with the 911 call bits that were leaked. But that is my opinion.

 

Who do you think did it?

 

Bethany

Ted Bundy

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classification: serial killer
characteristics: murder, rape, necrophilia
number of victims: admitted to 36
time frame of murders: 1973-1978
date of arrest: February 15th 1978
victims: young darker hair girls
method of murder: beating with crowbar/strangulation
status: executed by electric chair in floria, January 24th 1989

Who is Ted Bundy?

Ted Bundy was born in Burlington.  Eleanor Cowell was 22 years old and unmarried when she had her son Theodore, which embarrassed her strict religious parents which resulted in her being sent to unwed mothers in Vermont. Once released her parents took Ted in and raised him as their son, with Eleanor being presented as his sister. Bundy grew up in a working-class family.

Bundy showed an unusual interest in the macabre at an early age. Around the age of three, he became fascinated by knives. Bundy did well in school, but not with his classmates. As a teenager, his darker side started to emerge. Bundy liked to peep into peoples windows and think of ways in which to steal things that he wanted.

Bundy went and studied  psychology at the university of Washington where he met Elizabeth Kloepfer, who he fell in love with. Their breakup hit him hard which is why all his victims resembled her; attractive students with long, dark hair.

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Bundy graduated with a degree in psychology in 1972 and had been accepted to law school in Utah.

Bundy’s victims

Most sources say that he began his murderous rampage around 1974. This is because around this time, many women in the Seattle area and in nearby Oregon went missing. Stories circulated about some of the victims last being seen in the company of a young, dark-haired man known as “Ted.” He often lured his victims into his car by pretending to be injured and asking for their help. Their kindness proved to be a fatal mistake. After he’d murdered his victims he would move them somewhere like the woods and burry them. He’d keep a track of where he’d placed them so he could go back and have sexual intercourse with the corpses.

In 1974 Ted moved to Utah to attend law school, as you can guess from the pattern; woman started to go missing in Utah around that time. The following year, the police pulled him over to search his vehicle, this led to his arrest of possession of, a crowbar, a face mask, rope and handcuffs this all being cause for burglary. This led the police to start linking him to more serious crimes.

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In 1975 Bundy was arrested for the kidnapping of Carol DaRonch, who he lured into his car pretending to be a police officer. She managed to escape and pin point him out to the police. He was convicted and received a one-to-15-year jail sentence.

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two years later, buddy was accused of murder charges of the murder of a young Colorado woman. He acted as his own lawyer, this gave him some freedom to use the library for research, during the trip to the library Bundy jumped out of a window and made his first escape. Bundy lasted eight days before he was found and brought back.

Bundy made his second escape in December 1977, he climbed out of his own made hole in the ceiling of his cell. He lost 30 pounds so he could fit through the small hole he’d made. 15 hours went by before he was noted as missing. He made his way to Tallahassee, Florida.

January 14th 1978 he broke into a Sority house at the university of Florida state and attacked 4 woman and killing two of them. On February 9, Bundy kidnapped and murdered a 12-year-old girl named Kimberly Leach. These crimes were the last he made before being found by the police.

 

How many people did Bundy kill?

Bundy admitted to killing at least 36 woman across the states but experts believe that the number may be closer to 100. We’ll never know the exact amount.

How was bundy caught?

Bundy was caught for the murders for the sorority house was because of him leaving bite marks on one of the victims, which were a match to his teeth. Bundy tried to wear down his teeth in jail to avoid the connection. Bundy was given the death penalty twice, he received another the following year for the murder of Kimberly leach.

The Trial

Bundy had a charm and intelligence as well as arrogance which somehow made him famous during his trial. Bundy spent years appealing to death sentence, he tried to take his case to the supreme caught but was turned down. He helped track down the green river killer and tried to make a deal with the courts, pleading to help them solve serial killer cases in order for his life.

The night before his execution Bundy agreed to an interview, you can watch here (I recommend, worth the watch.)Ted Bundy was executed on January 24, 1989.

You can visit Ted Bundy’s car, which there is evidence he’s killed people in. His car is in the crime and punishment museum in Washington DC.

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Throughout the whole of my research on Bundy, which I’ve been doing for nearly 6 years now. The best book I’ve read was Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer, published in 1989 by author Stephen Michaud and journalist Hugh Aynesworth. This book contains transcripts of the tapes they recorded with Bundy. This was an interesting read as Bundy always refers to himself in the third person, this was to avoid real confession. Throughout Bundy’s time in jail, he spend most of him time denying he did any of the murder. pleading as not guilty.

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I got my hands on the Ted Bunny casebook, which was issue 8 in the casebook series, definitely worth the read. You can find this cheap on eBay!

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I’d avoid any books by Ann Rule, somehow who worked with ted on a suicide hotline. Reading her ‘the stranger beside me’ is full of crap in my opinion. Nothing adds up to what evidence is revealed. She was unintelligent for believing Ted wasn’t manipulating her by asking for things in Jail. She’s lived off the fame with that book. incredibly boring and seemingly very unrealistic. She barely knew him.

Bundy to me is my top serial killer, not in a glorifying way but in a research way. I find his case to be my favourite that I’ve researched. He truly believed he was innocent until the very end. Throughout his time murdering he managed to pull off so many looks that he never looked the same.

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He was narcissistic psychopath, even if he was extremely intelligent. I read that they did scans of his brain and found limited activity in the area where you would feel guilt or have a conscience. Interesting to think about don’t you think.  Also an article on his brain here

Zac Efron has been casted to play Ted Bundy in an upcoming film about Bundy, filming begins in October of this year!

Have you read about Ted Bundy before? What are your thoughts on his case?

 

Any cases you’d like to see on my blog?

 

Bethany

Welcome

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Hi,

My name is Bethany and I’ve decided to start a true crime blog. True crime is something I’ve been interested in for 6 years now. I’ve researched all sorts of cases; unsolved, serial killers, mass murders, school shootings and strange disappearances.

I’m going to be studying criminology and criminal psychology at the university of greenwich in a few weeks and I thought what better way to celebrate than by creating my own blog to discuss/put my thoughts out about cases I’ve researched.

On my blog I’m going to do different segments

  • Unsolved cases
  • Disappearances
  • Serial Killers
  • Mass Murders
  • School shootings

Let me know if there is any particular cases you’d like to see featured on my blog.

I’m super excited about this, I love blogging and I can’t wait to indulge into some true crime and write about it.

 

Bethany