Monday, April 9, 2012

JonBenét :Writing Books Does Not Cleanse Guilty Souls - Nor Do They Bring Justice!

The 15th anniversary of JonBenet Ramsey’s  murder passed with little fanfare a few months ago.


On Aug. 29, 2000, John and Patsy Ramsey attend a news conference in Atlanta after prosecutors announced that DNA tests had cleared JonBenet Ramsey's family in the 1996 killing of the 6-year-old beauty queen. Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy said in 2008 that the tests point to an "unexplained third party." (Gregory Smith - AP)

There were no long takeouts in the local media pondering who might have strangled the 6-year-old and left her in the basement of her family’s home.

No press releases from police seeking clues about who might have written that long ransom note. No “48 Hours Mystery” feature marking the milestone and wondering whether DNA might eventually identify the killer.

But now the little girl’s father, John Ramsey, “reveals the real JonBenet” in his new book, “The Other Side of Suffering,” and accompanying interviews on ABC's “Good Morning America” and “Nightline.”

The book is subtitled as Ramsey’s “Journey From Grief to Grace.” In it, Ramsey compares himself to Job, noting that another daughter had already died in a car crash when JonBenet was 2, and that his wife, Patsy, died of ovarian cancer almost 10 years after her daughter’s murder.

In the GMA interview, Ramsey noted that the family called JonBenet by the nickname JonnieB. And he shared far more casual photos of the little girl than those seen at the time of her death.

He called the competitiveness of the pageants his daughter participated in “unhealthy” and said he regretted his daughter’s involvement in the beauty biz. He referred to the TLC reality show “Toddlers & Tiaras” as “very bizarre.” 

As the assistant city editor at the Daily Camera when this tragedy transpired, I still find the whole situation simply sad.

It’s sad that Ramsey now refers to his daughter by a nickname never mentioned in the hoopla after her death. It’s sad that now he offers photos of an authentic-looking 6-year-old, hair tousled, photos never offered to counteract the beauty pageant images of JonBenet.
It’s sad that now he questions the wisdom of dressing up young girls in suggestive outfits and makeup.

Finally, it’s sad that JonBenet’s father considers her criminal case “pretty dead.” 

Perhaps if the Boulder police had cleared the crime scene and conducted a thorough search of the Ramsey home on Dec. 26, 1996; perhaps if John and Patsy Ramsey had cooperated with police instead of hiring a defense attorney and talking to CNN less than a week later; perhaps if the family had done more to create a portrait of their daughter beyond beauty pageant queen; perhaps if the public and media focused less on the spectacle and more on the crime. Perhaps, then, a 6-year-old’s murder might be solved.

JonBenet’s first-grade classmates are in college now or out in the world on their own. Her peer group likely remembers little from the years right after her death — the “celebritization” of her murder, with frequent visits by Geraldo Rivera and the international media, the tabloid “revelations,” the finger-pointing at the Ramsey family (all cleared in the case by the district attorney’s office) and the constant parade of pageant photos that can still be found on the Internet.

Perhaps John Ramsey’s book will bring him peace. Perhaps it will inspire others going through difficult times.

More likely, it will make a little money and create a little publicity surge around the memory of his daughter’s death.

But of course it won’t bring her back, and it’s unlikely to catch her killer.

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JonBenet Ramsey case. A lovely little 6 year old girl who was found strangled in her home on Boxing Day 1996 in Boulder Colorado.

The affluent parents were considered as suspects, but to this day there is no clear indication who may have killed little JonBenet. Her gravestone shows her death as December 25th (though she was found 1.05pm December 26th)

The investigation was certainly flawed from the start and highlights the Portuguese Police efficiency in comparison. JonBenet's body was found by the father in the basement several hours after the first alert to the police. The initial search did not find her and one lone detective remained , without back up, with the family and friends (compromising the crime scene) during the day

Hiring a prominent Atlanta libel attorney L. Lin Wood, and PR and non co-operation with the police as well as hiring their own Private Detective (Kris Kristofferson)

Here are some other notable similarities.

1) '...For a long time, the local police supported the hypothesis that her mother Patsy Ramsey injured her child in a fit of rage after the girl had wet her bed on the same night, and then proceeded to kill her either in rage or to cover up the original injury. In November 1997, several handwriting experts determined that Patsy Ramsey more than likely wrote the ransom note. According to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation report, "There are indications that the author of the ransom note is Patricia Ramsey," but they could not definitively prove this assertion.

Another hypothesis was that John Ramsey had been sexually abusing his daughter and murdered her as a cover. The Ramseys' son Burke, who was nine at the time of JonBenét's death, was also targeted by speculation, and asked to testify at the grand jury hearing.[23] In 1999, the Governor of Colorado, Bill Owens, told the parents of JonBenét Ramsey to "quit hiding behind their attorneys, quit hiding behind their PR firm." Police suspicions were initially concentrated almost exclusively on the members of the Ramsey family, although the girl's parents had no prior signs of aggression in the public record.

2)Reports have also questioned the police's overall handling of the case. The police were later claimed by observers to have made several critical mistakes in the investigation, such as not sealing off the crime scene and allowing friends and family in and out of the house once a kidnapping was reported

3) Several defamation suits have been filed against several media organizations by Ramsey family members and their friends over reporting of the murder.

4)the three of them went to a "wine cellar" room where Ramsey found his daughter's body covered in her special white blanket. She was also found with a nylon cord around her neck, her wrists tied above her head, and duct tape covering her mouth

5) other reporters found that snow around the doors of the house had been cleared away. Police reported no signs of forced entry, although a basement window that had been broken and left unsecured before Christmas, along with other open doors, were not reported to the public until a year later.

6) as a result of newly developed DNA sampling and testing techniques, the Ramsey family members are no longer considered suspects in the case

7) The Ramseys have consistently held that the crime was committed by an intruder

8) the existence of a connection of the murder to the industry of child pornography

9) Two of the lead investigators in the case resigned, one because he believed that the investigation had incompetently overlooked the intruder hypothesis, and the other because he believed that the investigation had failed to successfully prosecute the Ramseys.

10) Several defamation lawsuits have ensued since JonBenét's murder. L. Lin Wood was the plaintiff's lead attorney for John and Patsy Ramsey and their son Burke, and has prosecuted defamation claims on their behalf against St. Martin's Press, Time, Inc., The Fox News Channel, American Media, Inc., Star, The Globe, Court TV and The New York Post.

11)John and Patsy Ramsey were also sued in two separate defamation lawsuits arising from the publication of their book, The Death of Innocence, brought by two individuals named in the book as having been investigated by Boulder police as suspects in JonBenét's murder. The Ramseys were defended in those lawsuits by Lin Wood and three other Atlanta attorneys, James C. Rawls, Eric P. Schroeder, and S. Derek Bauer, who obtained dismissal of both lawsuits including an in-depth decision by U.S. District Court Judge Julie Carnes that "abundant evidence" in the murder case pointed to an intruder having committed the crime

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