JonBenet Ramsey- The Cover-up Continues

The A & E Network has produced a new documentary on the murder of JonBenet Ramsey. This program, like every other aired on the case, is an apologia for the Ramsey family and about as one-sided an “investigation” as other televised documentaries in the past, on the JFK assassination, 9/11 and other subjects.

I became interested in the tragic December 26, 1996 death of six year old JonBenet Ramsey during the initial saturation coverage in the press. The case had all the elements of a classic locked-room mystery, and what really attracted me was the great wealth of the Ramsey family, and the favorable treatment they benefited from.

To accept the conventional story, we are asked to believe that an intruder or intruders broke into the Ramsey’s large house, without leaving behind any evidence of their doing so, on Christmas night. Frightfully unprepared, they were forced to use a notepad in the home, and write their ransom note on the spot. This absurd missive, dubbed the “War and Peace of ransom notes” due to its unusual lengthiness, was recognized for the fraud it was instantly by local law enforcement. To cite just one ludicrous example, what group refers to itself as a “foreign faction?”

When the body of little JonBenet was found later that morning in the cellar of her home, by her father, the authorities were left with a huge conundrum. There is no history of “kidnappers” leaving a detailed ransom note in the same location as the body of the victim. That would seem to defeat the whole purpose behind any kidnapping.

Also, there were strong indications that six year old JonBenet had been sexually assaulted. Renowned forensic expert Cyril Wecht was just one of many who claimed there was evidence of past sexual abuse. One forensic scientist stated that JonBenet’s vaginal opening was “twice the normal size for six-year-olds.” This expert, Dr. Robert Kirschner, went on to dramatically declare,  “If she had been taken to a hospital emergency room, and doctors had seen the genital evidence, her father would have been arrested.”

During the three year period from 1993-1996, JonBenet Ramsey visited her pediatrician an astounding twenty seven times. Any parent will instantly realize just how abnormal that is. Combined with JonBenet’s beauty pageant career, and all those troubling images of her dressed provocatively, it becomes clear that something very strange was going on in the Ramsey household.

You will not find any instances in the annals of crime, where pedophilia overlaps with kidnapping. Kidnappers are not interested in sexually abusing their victims, and sexual predators are not interested in obtaining ransom money. So what do we make of a murdered little girl, with indications of chronic sexual abuse, being found dead in her own home, where a ridiculous, rambling ransom note for her safe return was also discovered? As then Police Chief Mark Beckner described it, “No note has ever been written at the scene, and then left at the scene with the dead victim at the scene, other than this case.”

Investigators were also confronted with the fact that JonBenet had a huge fracture in her skull, that was termed in the autopsy “a severe blow to head shortly before or around the time of her murder.” But JonBenet was found with a ligature wound tightly into her neck, making it difficult for anyone to determine if she was killed from a blow to the head or strangulation. Most critics have speculated that the head wound was accidental, and the strangulation (perhaps even along with indications of sexual trauma) was staged.

Considering that Assistant District Attorney Bill Wise was quoted as saying that the little six year old was hit “with enough force to bring down a 350 lb. Green Packers lineman,” it is difficult to imagine such a blow being accidental. But with no evidence of an intruder, and all common sense arguing against someone entering the home on Christmas night, we can only speculate about what happened on that Christmas night in Boulder, Colorado, twenty years ago.

The reason that JonBenet’s parents came under instant suspicion is due to their bizarre behavior, which the police on the scene found uncharacteristic of those in such a horrifying situation. Detective Linda Arndt described John Ramsey as being “calm and cordial,” not distraught. Patsy Ramsey was described as peaking through her fingers in a very odd manner, as she covered her face. Both Ramseys smiled far too often, and seemed way too calm, in their public interviews.

Not only did the pad the ransom note was written on come from the Ramsey home, police found evidence that a practice note had been written there. Incredibly, detectives heard John Ramsey talking to his pilot, shortly after finding his daughter’s body, requesting that he ready their plane to go to Atlanta. Patsy Ramsey was wearing the same clothing she’d worn the night before when police arrived that morning, suggesting that she hadn’t slept at all. Instead of holding their other child close, the Ramseys immediately sent Burke to a friend’s house. The Ramseys showed no sense of anticipation as the proscribed time for the ransom payoff came and went. The list goes on.

Unlike any poor or middle-class family, the Ramseys were allowed to ignore the requests of the police to interview them separately, and seemed essentially disinterested in the entire investigation. Despite the warnings in the preposterous ransom note, the Ramseys called a slew of friends right away, and asked them to come over to their house. Any average family whose dead child was found in their basement, especially when accompanied by such an obviously fake ransom note,  would have found themselves jailed and indicted in short order.

It wasn’t until years later that it was revealed that the grand jury assembled to study the murder had, in fact, voted to indict John and Patsy Ramsey on a charge of felony child abuse and as accessories to her death, but District Attorney Alex Hunter, who was basically owned by the Ramseys’ powerful legal team, had simply refused to sign the indictments. As always, money and influence corrupted the interests of our mightily flawed justice system.

There were four known people in the Ramsey house on the night JonBenet died. One of them was found dead the next morning. With no evidence of an intruder, and all logic arguing against any such scenario, that leaves her parents, and her then nine year old brother Burke. In my view, and the view of most of those who have studied this case in any depth, one of them caused JonBenet’s death, and a very amateurish cover-up ensued.

Patsy Ramsey seems to have been an eccentric, volatile character. At first, I was inclined to lean towards Detective Steve Thomas’s theory that she caused JonBenet’s death, in anger over the six year-old’s chronic bed wetting issues. Several credible handwriting experts have concluded that the ransom note was written by Patsy. Studying the anecdotal evidence of her personality, it becomes an inescapable conclusion that she was the author of this “War and Peace” manifesto.

But ultimately I cannot believe that Patsy, who whatever her faults was by all accounts a loving and caring mother, killed her daughter. And I certainly don’t think that her husband would have covered up for her if she did (or conversely, that Patsy would have covered up for John, if he caused JonBenet’s death in some kind of ugly sex game gone wrong, as some have speculated). That leaves nine year old Burke, the only person in the world that could have motivated both John and Patsy to devise the clumsy staging, ransom note and lies that followed.

Alex Hunter would be succeeded in office by Mary Lacy, who was overtly biased in favor of the Ramseys, and issued a misleading exoneration of them via some unknown male DNA found on JonBenet’s underwear, which could in actuality have been an artifact from a factory worker or any number of others. Lacy oversaw the 2006 fiasco where creepy John Mark Karr falsely confessed to murdering JonBenet. She even sent a letter to John Ramsey in 2008, two years after Patsy’s death, in which she formally exonerated them, something she had no legal power to do.

James Kolar’s self-published 2012 book Foreign Faction provided a key look into the case, from one of the detectives who originally investigated it. Kolar clearly inferred that Burke was somehow responsible for his little sister’s death. He mentioned a report from a former Ramsey nanny about Burke smearing feces on the wall of a bathroom. Oddest of all was Kolar’s description of finding human excrement smeared on a box of candy in JonBenet’s bedroom. Kolar, by the way, along with Steve Thomas and other researchers critical of the official “intruder” theory, was not included in the monstrously biased A & E recent documentary.

We know that JonBenet had been previously injured at the hands of Burke, when he accidentally hit her in the head with a golf club. He certainly had every reason to be jealous of his little sister, whose busy pageant career and excessive attention from her mother left little time and opportunity for his own nurturing. Burke was rumored to be on the Autistic spectrum, and videos of his 1998 interview reveal him to be a very fidgety child, whose own response to JonBenet’s death can be seen as atypical.

I could relate on a personal level to this tragic case, as my own children were very close in age to Burke and JonBenet. One of the most puzzling clues about what really happened in that house was the fact that there is no Ramsey videotape of Christmas morning 1996 to be found. Any parent who was raising small children in the 1990s knows just how important a camcorder was on such occasions. Parents, especially those with the means of the Ramseys, would have been obsessive about chronicling such delightful moments with their children. John Ramsey claimed that their battery was dead. One would have to be awfully naive to swallow such an excuse. There are also very few photographs from that morning, which again is just incredibly odd.

There are so many unanswered questions in this case. What about Nancy Krebs, the thirty seven year old who came forward in early 2000, alleging that there was a huge pedophile ring in Boulder, Colorado, which may have included JonBenet Ramsey? While there are serious questions about her story, anyone who had read my book Hidden History knows just how common sex with children is among the rich and powerful. What about the strange 911 call, placed from the Ramsey home three days before her murder, during a Christmas party?

Burke Ramsey has broken his years of silence, and will talk with Dr. Phil later this month. I’m sure he will stick to the script, and that Dr. Phil will not grill him about any pertinent point. A CBS special will also be airing, which promises to be more objective than the pablum on A & E.

It’s been twenty years, and realistically neither John or Burke Ramsey is about to confess, or admit to anything incriminating in regards to JonBenet’s tragic death. The mainstream media, as always, has contributed to the lack of closure here. Outside of the tabloids, and a few courageous local reporters, they have accepted the Ramseys’ ridiculous contentions as easily as they parrot the mantra that Oswald killed JFK. Our professional “journalists” are so gutless they can’t even honestly investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a little girl.




About donaldjeffries

Author of the critically acclaimed best sellers "Hidden History: An Expose of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies, and Cover Ups in American Politics,""Survival of the Richest: How the Corruption of the Marketplace and the Disparity of Wealth Created the Greatest Conspiracy of All," and the newly released "Crimes and Cover Ups in American Politics: 1776-1963." Author of the 2007 sci-fi/fantasy novel "The Unreals," which has been described as a cross between The Wizard of Oz and The Twilight Zone, and compared to A Confederacy of Dunces and classic Russian literature. A second edition of "The Unreals" was published in February 2015 by Pocol Press. Long time JFK assassination researcher. Seeker of truth, proponent of justice and fairness. Enemy of corruption. Sender of as many "tiny ripples of hope" as possible.

Posted on September 8, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Thanks for your summary of “the family did it” position. You are probably right about what happened. Occam’s Razor and all that.

    Random thoughts:

    -I disagree with your characterization of the “intruder” theory as the “conventional” one. I only recently started reading about this murder–but it was always my impression that most people–reporters, law enforcement, and the general public–believe the family had something to do with it but that law enforcement screwed up the investigation or didn’t have enough evidence to charge them. If the Ramsey’s got away with it, it was because the police screwed up the investigation–not because the Ramsey’s were rich and powerful. Just my opinion.

    -The A@E documentary cautiously supports the intruder theory but the CBS documentary was shamefully biased in the other direction. Rolling Stone has good summary of what it got wrong:

    -The oddness of the ransom note cuts against both theories. Why would intruders write such a long ransom note, composed in the Ramsey home, with pop culture references? Maybe because they were stupid amateurs or they were mentally unhinged pedophile weirdos. But why would the Ramsey’s write a ransom note at all? If they wanted to cover up the accidental death of JonBenet at the hands of Burke, it would make more sense to just say they found her in the cellar–an intruder broke in, assaulted her, and left her for dead. Why complicate things? Why leave all that extra evidence?

    -There is just enough tantalizing evidence to leave the door open (No Pun Intended) to the intruder theory. What about Lou Smit’s work? He seems very credible. Was he bought off by the Ramsey’s? Was he stupid? If investigators focused on the Ramsey’s early to the exclusion of other theories, it might explain why Ramsey’s did not fully cooperate with the investigation.

    -The idea of pedophile sex ring in Boulder is very interesting. Scary to think this could be darker and more sinister than anyone realized.

  2. This is a possible, plausible scenario based on Burke’s own admissions. I’ve followed this case since the onset. I did not see either A&E or CBS. I did watch the Dr Phil interviews which were heavily biased with their lawyer lording over each episode to whom Dr Phil was clearly catering his every word. Burke did admit to some starting new details the public never heard during his 20 years of parental protection. Prior to Burke’s interview, I always believed Patsy did it accidentally while upset over a wet bed. But Burke’s statements were truly disturbing & incriminating.

    This is how it may have happened based on his own words and reported evidence and his acts of animosity that same day spreading feces per the FBI investigators statement..

    Burke places himself at the scene of the crime with opportunity & motive. Burke didn’t deny taking the flashlight (his father had left in JB’s room) when Burke went downstairs after everyone else was asleep. He may have woken up JB while in her room. Burke also said he might have eaten pineapple. The fingerprints on the bowl could be from putting away clean dishes or placing the bowl in refrigerator.

    Parents were asleep. JB followed Burke downstairs dragging her blanket after he woke her up searching for the flashlight. Then she ate some of his pineapple. He said he might have eaten pineapple & his prints were on the glass of tea next to the bowl.

    JB then followed Burke to the basement & either saw him climbing out the window to get something from the car or outside OR saw him doing something else & threatened to tattle on him. (Burke said he owned hiking boots.)

    Burke attacked JB & fought to stop her from tattling. She fell backward on floor onto train track & screamed. A neighbor heard her scream (thru broken window). Burke hit JB with flashlight or bat (he tossed outside) to shut her up from screaming. Police said she was unconscious for 45 minutes. Burke may have thought she was dead. Burke also may have caused vaginal abrasion while she was unconscious or Patsy did it to stage molestation.

    When JB regained consciousness, she either went into convulsions (scaring Burke) or she threatened to tattle. Burke grabbed rope from floor & choked her to either stop convulsions or prevent tattling or to stop her from screaming & crying. Rope with paintbrush handle was NOT created as a garrote. It was used for flying kites or pulling behind her new bicycle on skates or other such use. It only looked like a garrote since Burke used it as such.

    After strangling her, he covered up JB with her blanket and left her, returning to bed. Kids hide their deeds to pretend innocence.

    Patsy woke up, found JB missing & pried details from Burke. She may have even caught him in the cellar. Knowing he was in trouble, she wrote a ransom note & applied tape on JB’s mouth which police said was added after her death and she possibly used an object to cause abrasion to stage molestation. (or the abrasion was totally unrelated to that night).

    John woke up & was told what happened. Patsy called 911 shortly after, which explains conversation at end of call.

    FBI found Burke’s feces in JB’s room on her presents, box of chocolate & grapefruit sized wad in her bed. For a 9 year old, this shows serious jealousy & hatred of his sister which was done on Christmas since it was in her room, on her bed & on the presents & candy she received that day. He either did this just before or just after he killed her for it to be on her bed & presents. An FBI investigator said they found his feces during their search of JB’s room.

    The DNA was touch DNA from sitting on floor playing with kids at party or from her own floor in bath or cellar where guests & workmen had been recently. Tracked spit on shoes or pubic hairs shed from pants leg by men wearing boxer shorts are easily transferred on shoes & onto JB sitting or lying on floor. Burke was fighting JB on cellar floor where it was tracked & where she was hurt on toy train track & strangled by Burke.

    This scenario is all based on Burke’s own admission of being downstairs after everyone was in bed and various evidence. DNA is easily transferred and dangerously misinterpreted by authorities & public. Some innocent man will end up being crucified because someone tracked his spit into the basement during renovations where JB was fighting on the floor with her brother. Just to appease the Ramsey’s lawyer from suing the city & exonerate the parents from a 20 year coverup to protect their bratty son. That DA should have never used that touch DNA to exonerate the Ramsey’s. There was no semen or saliva found on her.

    Only DNA from body fluids is viable as evidence. Touch DNA can easily transfer from anywhere. Even body fluids can be planted. The DNA is not evidence of guilt in this case. It likely came from the cellar floor.

    Her death shows how aggressive Burke was which his feces found by the FBI indicated the level of jealousy & hate toward her. He beat her up, hit her on the head hard enough to cause unconsciousness for over 45 minutes. He may have caused the abrasion. Then strangled her to death & covered her under her blanket on cellar floor.

    He either spread feces before or after her death. That could be the reason JB woke up and followed him. This was a truly hateful & disgusting act for a 9 year old to do to his sister… even worse on Christmas showing the extreme level of jealousy & hate on that very day of her death. So it is easy to see how he could have killed her in a rage. JB may have caught him attempting to sneak outside the basement window to smash up her new bicycle. This is how much rage the feces spreading indicates.

    I don’t think the parents truly understood what they were protecting. Studies of serial rapists & serial killers have revealed distinct childhood behaviors with feces & killing animals. Remember what happened to the brother of kidnapped Steven Stayner? Cary Stayner who was ignored by grieving parents even after Steven returned & later died, became a serial killer of 3 women. Since Burke’s personality is much like it was 20 years ago, he could be harboring some serious issues & could harm someone else just based on the feces issue… much less the death of a sister. The parents would be held accountable if something else should occur. This type of personality has to be the center of attention & can be capable of terrible acts if they feel slighted.

    In this scenario, Alone in the back room of the cellar he knew the parents couldn’t hear her. So this may have been an act of inadvertent over aggression… Or he may have purposely unleashed his pent up anger. Perhaps he did not get what he wanted for Christmas and the parents overindulged JonBenet & set Burke off to get even with her.

    These are plausible scenario’s based on Burkes own admissions in his interview and evidence described by the authorities & his behavior during the interview. Competent, qualified psychotherapists would have focused on his inappropriate reactions as symptoms & indicators of a bigger problem..

    Prior to Burkes interview, I thought it was Patsy who accidentally killed her over a wet bed. But Burke places himself at the scene with opportunity & motive. Spreading feces that very same night at age 9 is serious jealousy & hate. His behavior in his interview appeared narcissistic with sociopathic inappropriate responses, lack of a conscience & unable to know right from wrong. Even 2 weeks after her death he was happy to be the only child.

    It wasn’t a documentary which made me reconsider Burke’s guilt since I never saw either. It was Burke’s own words & behavior in his interviews with Dr Phil which convinced me. Otherwise, I never would have guessed a child could do this. But Burke convinced me he could & he would harm his sister. No intruder spread his feces. Nor did an intruder attack her while Burke was wandering through the house late that night. This scenario explains it was not a garrote. It was just used like one. As well as how she ended up in the basement, how she injured her back and why she had multiple different injuries which do not match a kidnapping, molestation or parental abuse. They were the product of an angry, resentful 9 year old with pent up hostility.

    Also, with all the threats in the ransom note about talking to anyone – even a stray dog or JB would be killed or beheaded, why would they take a chance calling police or especially a houseful of friends & clergy to come over to their house & risk their daughters safety after clearly being warned what would happen if they spoke to anyone? But it definitely served a purpose in tainting the crime scene evidence. The police did not get the support they needed from their chief or DA or special investigator.

    As for Lou, it was evident at the time he had sold out to the Ramseys & had totally lost his impartiality. He inappropriately provided the Ramseys with the departments investigation & evidence which allowed their attorney to guide their responses. Between Lou & the 2 DA’s the true culprit will never be held accountable. I have no doubt they were amply rewarded. I just hope no innocent person pays for it.

    I would be most interested in hearing from those (now grown adult) kids who knew Burke at the time (before & after). Friends or schoolmates. Even JB’s friends. What kind of kid he was & behavior. They would all be around 30 now & probably fear the Ramsey’s sue-happy attorney. Even an anonymous interview would be most informative & revealing about Burke.

  3. Finally! A sober article on A#E’s straight ahead Biased investigation…Bravo.

  4. It seems obvious to me that Burke is a severely dysfunctional person…and possible sociopath from the ‘Dr’ Phil show interview. Phil is no doctor and not even a decent analyst if he did not see this! Instead Phil claims Burke is just ‘socially awkward’? I have no idea why they did this interview…as now the whole world sees that Burke is so messed up and probably the culprit in this murder. Theories abound now as to how and why it transpired…but it Seems to me now that Burke did this and that poor JonBenet was horribly abused…both sexually and emotionally and maybe heaven was a great escape for this poor, innocent creature. But, I also must ask…if JonBenet was sexually abused by her father…maybe Burke was too and this has attributed to his strange behavior. I have read that feces being spread around and bed wetting are signs of sexual abuse. Maybe they were both abused. Ok…so My theory of that night is that Burke acted out in rage about JonBenet taking some of his pineapple…chased her down the stairs and hit her on the head. I think Patsy and John knew this happened as they were probably all still up. So, in an effort to protect Burke and hide JonBenet’s abuse…they panicked with this cover up. John went downstairs to take care of things and told Patsy to write a note. So, She writes that rambling note (they might have been drinking…thus her not thinking clearly). I believe it was John who had to make sure she was dead with the garrote. He could not take her to the ER as they would have seen the ongoing sexual abuse…so he had to make it look like she was molested that night. It’s just my theory and of course we’ll probably never know as John and Burke will never admit it. Plus Patsy died of cancer (karma?) or was she a victim too? Sometimes women become victims due to weakness and inability to escape an ongoing abusive relationship …even allowing her own children to be abused! But so many questions remain… If she had so many pediatric visits…Why wouldn’t the girl’s pediatrician see and report the abuse? And has this alleged pedophile ring in Boulder been investigated? Why did Burke come out of hiding for this interview? Was Dr. Phil paid off for his biased observations? Such a sad, weird, yet fascinating story.

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