JohnBenet Ramsy

JohnBenet Ramsy

Winner of children's beauty pageants in the United States, murdered at the age of six.
Date of Birth: 26.08.1990
Country: USA

Biography of JonBenet Ramsey

JonBenet Patricia Ramsey (August 6, 1990 - December 25, 1996) was an American girl who gained fame as a beauty pageant winner before being kidnapped and murdered at the age of six. Her disappearance attracted significant media attention, as she regularly participated in various child beauty pageants and came from an influential family. Some peculiarities in the actions of the police also caught the attention of journalists.

JohnBenet Ramsy

JonBenet was found dead in the basement of her parents' house in Boulder, Colorado, eight hours after her disappearance was reported. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and her parents moved her to Boulder when she was nine months old. Her unusual name, JonBenet Ramsey, was a combination of her father's first and middle name, John Bennett Ramsey, and her mother's name, Patricia "Patsy" Ramsey. It was her mother who regularly sent her daughter to various beauty contests and children's competitions, and JonBenet had travelled to several neighboring states to participate in these events. Some of the competitions were even organized by Patricia Ramsey herself.

JohnBenet Ramsy

According to Patricia's statements on December 26, 1996, she discovered her daughter's disappearance after finding a note demanding a ransom on the kitchen staircase. The mysterious kidnappers promised to return the girl for $118,000, which happened to be the exact amount her father had recently received as a prize at work. Despite the note's instructions not to involve the police, Patricia immediately contacted the authorities. The police thoroughly searched the house but found no signs of forced entry. Eventually, John Ramsey prepared the required ransom amount, and his friend John Fernie collected it from the bank the following morning.

On the same evening, a detective named Linda Arndt asked one of the family's friends, Fleet White, to search the house again with John. It was during this search in the basement that JonBenet's body was discovered. She was covered with a white blanket, had a nylon cord wrapped around her neck, her wrists were tied above her head, and her mouth was taped shut. The subsequent investigation revealed that she had been strangled. There were no clear signs of sexual assault on her body.

The police faced significant criticism, primarily due to their allegedly careless search of the crime scene. If they had followed all the required protocols, John Ramsey and his friends would not have been able to access the crime scene for a second, independent search. It was later revealed that the initial statement about the absence of signs of forced entry was slightly embellished. There had been a broken basement window before the kidnapping, and there were also reasons to suspect that other doors may have been left unlocked.

On August 16, 2006, John Mark Karr, a former schoolteacher who was being accused of child pornography, confessed to the murder of JonBenet. At the time, he claimed to have been with the girl when she died, but he referred to her death as an accident. However, the DNA found on the girl's underwear did not match Karr's DNA, and there were several discrepancies in his story. Karr claimed that he drugged and had sex with the girl, but the police found no evidence of semen or drugs in her system. There was no confirmation that Karr was in Colorado at the time of the crime while residing in Alabama. The evidence supporting his guilt was mostly circumstantial, such as the similarity between Karr's handwriting and the ransom note.

As of December 2006, the authorities announced that they were continuing the investigation, indicating that they were not satisfied with Karr's confession. For a long time, JonBenet's parents were the prime suspects, but in July 2008, using a new DNA analysis technique, almost all suspicions against John, Patricia, and JonBenet's brother, Burke Ramsey, were cleared.

In February 2009, the Boulder Police Department took over the case from the district attorney and reopened the investigation. JonBenet was buried in Marietta, Georgia, next to her mother, who died of cancer in 2006, and her stepsister Elizabeth Pasch Ramsey, who died in a car accident in 1992.