Suspect Arrested In JonBenet Ramsey Case
Almost two thousand children were murdered in the United States during 1996, but none of those murders fascinated the American public and attracted mass media attention like that of JonBenet Ramsey.
On December 26, 1996, John Ramsey found the body of his 6 year old daughter and a three-page ransom letter in the basement wine cellar of the family's sprawling Boulder home. According to the police report, JonBenet was covered with a blanket, her wrists were tied above her head, her mouth was covered with tape, and a nylon cord was wrapped around her neck. The autopsy report revealed she might have been sexually abused and that she suffered a blow to her head that left an eight-and-a-half inch fracture.
The case also opened a window on the weird and little-known world of child pageants, as videotaped images of JonBenet in competitions showed her to be a precocious kindergartner, but strangely dressed like a grown woman in sequins and rhinestones, and wearing eye makeup and lipstick.
The Ramseys said an intruder committed the crime, but they remained under an 'umbrella of suspicion' and speculation even though in 2003 a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against the Ramseys, blaming the Police and the FBI for bungling the investigation...until today
A suspect was finally arrested for the murder of JonBenet Ramsey in Bangkok, Thailand, following "several months of focused and complex investigation.
A law enforcement source identified the suspect as 41-year-old John Mark Karr, a one-time schoolteacher, but if anything has been learned in this investigation it has been to not jump to any conclusions.
I can't really understand why it took so long to nab this slime-ball, but the authorities have conceded that the investigation was compromised, in large measure, by mistakes the Police made early on.
I hope that this arrest will bring some closure to the Father, John Ramsey. Unfortunately JonBenet's Mother, Patsy Ramsey died in June of ovarian cancer.
Hopefully this arrest will mean vindication for JonBenet's parents and also a speedy route to eliminating another child sexual predator off the face of the Earth.