What happened to Jon Benet Ramsey? A look at the unsolved murder case


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JonBenet Ramsey was found dead in the basement of her home on December 26, 1996 in Boulder, Colorado, when she was just six years old. After her parents Patsy and John Ramsey realized she had disappeared from her bed, Pasty found a random three-page handwritten note, on a piece of paper inside the house, demanding $118,000 for her return. safely. She immediately called the police, and her friends and family began to search the house. As the frantic search for the girl unfolded, everyone in the house was potentially destroying evidence that could be used in the case. Eventually John found their daughter in the basement of their home with her mouth covered in duct tape, her wrist wrapped in a cord, her neck wrapped in a cord tied to a stick, covered in a white blanket. Her father took her body and brought her upstairs when she was found.

The case remains open today and the question of what happened to JonBenet Ramsey remains unanswered. John is still searching for answers and fighting for the governor of Colorado to allow an independent agency to test DNA in the case. The DNA that was found on his body and clothes has been tested over the years and has not yet been linked to any individual.

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Who Killed Jon Benet Ramsey?

To this day, no one knows who killed JonBenet Ramsey, although there have been many theories. The two main theories behind her death are the theory that someone in the family killed the young girl or that she was an intruder. No one has been officially charged with the crime. Many documentaries and films have been made from different angles about what happened to the young beauty pageant contestant.

The murder of JonBenet Ramsey remains unsolved today. Her father, John Benet is always trying to find answers.
(John Ramsey)

Some believe that one of JonBenet’s immediate family members was behind the crime. The remaining ransom note asked almost exactly what John had received as a work bonus and the note was written with stationery that was inside the house. Although it has been a theory for many years, none of the DNA found on JonBenet matches any of the family members and they have not been charged with the crime since it happened over 20 years ago. year.

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The second theory is that someone broke into the house and killed JonBenet. Some evidence was found to support the intruder theory as there was a footprint found next to his body, which did not belong to a family member. A smashed window in the basement and DNA from a stranger’s blood drops on his underwear. In 2021, a documentary released about this case was called “JonBenet Ramsey: What Really Happened” and includes audio tapes from Detective Lou Smit, who worked the case very closely. Until his death in 2010, he believed his family was not responsible for the girl’s death. To date, no charges have been filed in this case.

What was JonBenet Ramsey’s cause of death?

It was revealed by the autopsy results that JonBenet Ramsey died of asphyxiation due to strangulation. She also had an 8.5 inch fracture on her skull. His death was ruled a homicide.

JonBenet Ramsey was six years old when she was found dead in the basement of her home in Boulder, Colorado.  His cause of death was asphyxia due to strangulation.

JonBenet Ramsey was six years old when she was found dead in the basement of her home in Boulder, Colorado. His cause of death was asphyxia due to strangulation.
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Did JonBenet’s brother kill her?

JonBenet’s brother Burke was never an official suspect in his sister’s murder, but there were theories that he may have been behind the murder. The 2016 CBS special called “The Case of JonBenet Ramsey” implied that he was behind her murder. After his release, Burke sought $750 million for defamation, but the outcome of the lawsuit has not been made public. This case is still open and remains one of the best-known unsolved mysteries in history.


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