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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Bill Mcreynolds, the town santa
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
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?