Back in the mid-1990s, the murder of child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was all over the news. But now, a new crime show has figured out the shocking truth behind the child’s death. And this twist was not something anyone saw coming. Back in 1996, JonBenet was a child beauty queen who was found beaten and strangled to death. Her body was found in her family’s basement. And police found the child just a few hours after her mother, Patsy, called 911 to report that her daughter had been kidnapped.
Although the case was a media sensation throughout the mid-1990s, no official charges have been filed. But people have been eager to cast blame on the person they suspected of the killing.
Now a suspect has finally been revealed. And it answers all the questions that many have had for years.
The two-part CBS documentary reviewed evidence in the case and now believe that Burke, who was only nine at the time of the killings, may be the primary suspect.
Experts believe that the girl’s death may have been accidental. Burke, who is her brother, had hit his sister in the head with a golf club a year before her murder because he was “losing his temper.”
The former chief investigator for the District Attorney in Boulder, Colorado, James Kolar, presented the evidence that Burke might have been responsible for the girl’s death.
Patsy had left a bowl of pineapple and tea on the counter for Burke, but he caught his younger sister stealing his snack. So, according to Kolar, he lashed out and struck her with a flashlight and killed her.
“My hypothesis was that I think the Ramseys came home around 9:30, 10 o’clock,” Kolar said. “I think JonBenet was asleep. I think John did carry her upstairs, Patsy remained downstairs with Burke and served him the tea and the pineapple. I think that accounts for the physical evidence as well as the latent print. Then she got JonBenet up to make sure she used the toilet, so she didn’t wet the bed that night.”
These activities sound like normal practice for most families. But then Burke saw something he didn’t like.
“JonBenet was up, she may or may not have brushed her teeth, that stuff was out on the counter, then I think she was up and awake enough that she was maybe still hungry and she went downstairs… I think if Burke was upset about circumstances or Christmas presents, he probably would have been upset about her trying to snag a piece of pineapple. Out of anger, he may have struck her with a flashlight.”
Since the documentary aired, Burke has filed a lawsuit against CBS for $750 million.
According to Ramsey’s suit, the action was filed to “redress the permanent damage” to Burke’s “reputation resulting from defendants’ false accusation that he killed his sister, JonBenét Ramsey.”
Do you think Burke is a likely suspect? Or do you think Kolar got it all wrong when he pointed the finger at the beauty queen’s brother?