911 Call Leads Investigators To New Suspect For The Murder Of JonBenét Ramsey

On September 18 and 19, CBS aired the special 'The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey.' The 20-year-old case about the murdered child beauty queen found dead in the basement of her home continues to grip public interest. To some, the revelations made by investigators were positively groundbreaking, but other long-time followers of the case are just not impressed.

One thing the show promised is that their team of experts would reveal new details and evidence during the show. Perhaps this is why many followers of the case were disappointed to see the entire show revolved around rehashing a theory put forth in 2012 by then Boulder County District Attorney's Office investigator James Kolar.

Kolar, who was a member of the show's panel of experts, was one of many people involved with the case who published his personal theory. Of the wide variety of evidence in this case that could have been presented, it seems producers of the special chose to present only that which supported Kolar's theory.

Kolar and the rest of the panel on the CBS show concluded that JonBenet Ramsey was not killed by an intruder on the night of December 25, 1996. They propose that her 9-year-old brother Burke killed her. According to the theory, Burke was eating a late night snack when JonBenet came downstairs and snatched a piece of pineapple from his bowl. This angered Burke and he cracked her skull with a heavy-duty flashlight. All the rest of the baffling evidence was simply a cover-up carried out by the parents in order to protect Burke.

Apparently, instead of running to call an ambulance after one child hit and clearly wounded another, John and Patsy Ramsey decided to strangle their lifeless 6-year-old with a garrote to finish her off. They then tied her up, duct-taped her mouth, digitally penetrate her to fake a sexual assault, poked her with some toy train tracks, wrote a 3-page long ransom note and proceeded to do their best to contaminate the crime scene. All this, investigators concluded, was simply an attempt at misdirection to take suspicion off of Burke.

Some things brought up in the investigation were quite compelling, such as testing if the flashlight could be the murder weapon, and examining how touch DNA from JonBenet’s underwear could never actually exonerate (or incriminate) anyone. The theory that an intruder killed her also took a pretty hard hit here, at least when it comes to the theory that the intruder entered or exited from the basement window.

Unfortunately, without access to the actual evidence, and without presenting all of the conflicting evidence in this case, the show falls flat in providing the public with a serious and objective investigation. As interesting as it was, it’s just like all the other television shows, documentaries, books and tabloid articles dealing with this case: pure speculation.

Source: Little Things
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