By: Jessica Johnson
The brutal murder of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey on Christmas night in 1996 shocked America to its core. Just as the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and murder seven decades earlier had seared the nation's consciousness, this murder – of a beautiful and talented child in a wealthy Boulder, Colo., home – renewed every parent's worst nightmare: No child was truly safe, not even tucked in at home on Christmas night. Days went by and no arrests were made, this case had been all over the news, radio stations, newspapers, magazines, it was everywhere.
For one thing it became known that the police had badly botched the initial investigation by failing to seal off the crime scene. For another it appeared the police were treating the primary suspects were JonBenet's parents. They also refusal to be interviewed at police headquarters, but also to being interviewed separately. Many fingers had been pointed directly at her father. Others believed it was her mother, but many people believed it was both parents. It was even a possibility that it was her ten year old brother who murdered her.
This case of JonBenet, sadly is unsolved. Then In April of 2003 there was a statement issued saying she concurred with a federal court in Georgia's contemporaneous finding that JonBenet was most likely murdered by an intruder. Two months later they moved the responsibility for the case from the boulder police department to the district’s attorney office. Three years later the case dropped from public view. Until the death of Patsy Ramsey – of ovarian cancer at age 49 – on June 24, 2006, briefly brought the case back into the spotlight. And then on Aug. 16, 2006, the long dormant case rocketed back into banner headlines across the world when a 41-year-old, child-sex-offender by the name of John Mark Karr was arrested in Bangkok, Thailand, at the request of the Boulder District Attorney's office. D. A. Mary Keenan, who changed her last name to Lacy in 2005,...
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