The Killing of JonBenet Ramsey


Winner of beauty pageant model Jonbenet Ramsey before her death

Jasmine Galicia , Staff Writer

“I want to be a doctor or a nurse to help people get well”. Those were the words of American child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey before her death on December 26,1996. The day after Christmas JonBenet Ramsey’s parents dialed 911 stating their daughter was missing. Since it was holiday time, stories were breaking and very slow. However, in this case, news spread quickly. At 5:30 am the following morning, the family awoke to a note demanding $118,000 for the return of their daughter. The note said to not contact the police at all. Patsy and John Ramsey contacted The Whites, close friends of the Ramsey’s, to help search. Searching the house, The Whites found her in the basement just after 1 pm. She was wrapped in a blanket with duct tape on her mouth. She was found dead. 

She was strangled and had a bolt hit on her head. The JonBenet’s house was big, starting with a 5 bedroom house with a 7,000 square foot land. Police began to question staff about the incident, however all were innocent. However, one suspect, John Karr, was interviewed. He confessed to killing JonBenet in 2006. However, his word wasn’t enough because police found no DNA connecting to JonBenet or the case itself. They dismissed the suspect. After months of searching, police weren’t able to find what had happened to 6 year old JonBenet Ramsey. Since then, her case has been classified as an unsolved mystery. 

Though the case is considered an unsolved murder, there are theories that could possibly lead to find JonBenet’s killer. Many suspect her own father killed her. Police stated how strangely he started acting, when getting interviewed he started to check the mail. When told to check the house, he immediately went to the basement, the same spot where JonBenet’s body was found, and yet found nothing. Her whole family was soon suspected, but there wasn’t any evidence that exactly proved they did it. For now, no one would know what really happened to JonBenet Ramsey.