JonBenet Ramsey’s Father Says Her Unsolved Case Is ‘Dead,’ Killer Still at Large
The father of JonBenet Ramsey, the 6-year-old beauty pageant queen who was found dead in 1996 and whose killing has never been solved, told “Nightline” he believes his daughter’s killer is still at large but that the trail has gone cold.
“He’s either alive, dead or in prison, and one of those three,” John Ramsey told ABC News’ Juju Chang.
Note the order, with "alive" coming first.
Since longtime police detective Lou Smit, who first investigated and then supported the Ramseys, died in 2010, Ramsey thinks authorities are out of clues in solving her case.
“It’s pretty dead, I’m afraid,” Ramsey said.
It’s been 16 years since JonBenet was found dead in the basement of her family’s Boulder, Colo., home the day after Christmas. That morning, the Ramsey family found a horrifying ransom note, threatening to kill JonBenet if they didn’t pay $118,000. That was the exact amount Ramsey had recently received as a bonus, leading him to believe his daughter’s killing was an inside job on some level.
Ramsey, the well-to-do executive, was the one who made the shocking discovery of JonBenet’s body.
“When I found her it was a rush of relief,” he said. “And then of course within moments, I realized that she probably was dead. But she was back in my arms.”
For years, Boulder police suspected the Ramseys killed their daughter. In 2008, Boulder District Attorney Mary Lacy cleared the Ramseys of any wrongdoing and issued a letter of apology them. JonBenet’s mother Patsy Ramsey died of ovarian cancer on June 24, 2006, without knowing her name had been cleared.
One of the only developments in the case, which eventually became a dead-end, was when suspect and school teacher John Mark Karr was arrested in Bangkok, Thailand, in August 2006. At the time, Karr told reporters that he was “with JonBenet when she died” but that “her death was an accident.”
“He was arrested, and we were, I guess, hopeful, but not — we were a little skeptical,”
He was told that the killer was found, and was a pedophile and was a school teacher, having access to children, AND was overseas. It would sound like a slam dunk. Yet, internal stress from lying is something that bothers us all, therefore, the words are sparser: "I guess" reduces commitment.
Ramsey recalled. “What I realized was that this is going to be difficult. He didn’t look like a killer. He looked like a nice guy. He was a teacher in an elementary school. I thought, ‘Boy, that’s not what I would have expected.’ I expected a monster.”
This was not what most people said when they saw John Mark Carr on television.
Karr was jailed briefly, but Boulder prosecutors soon abandoned their case against him when DNA tests failed to link Karr to DNA found in JonBenet’s underwear, disproving his claim.
In his newly released book, “The Other Side of Suffering,” John Ramsey talks about his incredible journey from grief to hope. He recounts how deeply his faith helped him navigate course from suffering to forgiveness.
“I don’t know for sure what happened, and I don’t want to know, really,” John Ramsey said.
Even after years of prepared statements, our words give us away. Here, he uses additional words that are unnecessary; making them 'doubly important' to us. He does not know what happened "for sure", qualifying knowledge. Even the word "really" qualifies as well.
Yet, always the businessman, he has put out yet another book to make money off the death of Jonbenet.